WICHITA — Years ago, Bob Clark remodeled an old dairy barn for Rick and Teresa Farber’s Homeplace business, never guessing that he’d one day have his own business in the building.
That’s what’s happening now, though.
“I knew how nice it was, and I knew the building was empty,” Clark says of the building on the northeast corner of 95th Street South and Rock Road.
He’s opening a showroom for his Clarks Log Furniture, a custom-design cedar furniture business he’s been operating out of a shop at his house.
The showroom, which opens May 15, is the realization of a dream that started with Clark’s late namesake son.
“There’s a lot to the story, actually,” says Clark, who is known as Big Bob.
His son, who died in June, was known as Lil’ Bob.
Clark and his wife, Tiffany, have three children who were born with cystic fibrosis.
Lil’ Bob’s twin, Susan, died in 2006.
Logan, 17, is a junior in high school.
Tiffany Clark says a friend helped Lil’ Bob begin building furniture while he was still in high school “since he really couldn’t go out in the job field with his illness. He wanted to do something from home.”
His father eventually joined him.
Bob Clark used to have Bob Clark Construction, but the business suffered with the economy.
“I made a lot more money in construction when it was booming,” he says.
“I’m trying to get there with this,” Clark says of the furniture business.
In addition, he says, “I enjoy this way more. It’s a lot more rewarding.”