After 50 years in the industry, you can’t say Larry Brumbaugh is just in the furniture business. Larry has elevated the business to a whole new level. Perched atop a hill on the west side of Ft. Worth, Brumbaugh’s façade features a large mural painted by the illustrious, Stylle Read, which depicts a postcard that reads, “Welcome to Texas!” The artistry on that wall captures the soul and vision of Larry as well as his colorful personality and his passion and love for the surrounding community.
Ft. Worth’s native son, Larry Brumbaugh, grew up on the north side of Cowtown, his grandfather being a cattle trader in the Stockyards. It was there, in the heart of his childhood stomping grounds, that Larry opened his very first store at the corner of North East 28th Street and Main. “That store was all business, just a way to make a living”, says Larry. Selling random merchandise from recliners to appliances, it was a far cry from the Brumbaugh’s of today. Larry admits he had an aptitude for selling right from the beginning. “I had good training”, he says. After leaving the Marine Corp, Brumbaugh went to work for Mr. Bill Daugherty, who had a long, successful career in the railroad salvage business. “Bill was the best trader in the area, and I learned everything I could from him,” Brumbaugh adds. And it was this training that fueled Larry’s passion for retail and merchandising.
In 1966, Larry opened Brumbaugh’s Home Furnishings, bringing his own vision of unique, original furniture and accessories to the metroplex. When you step into the 50,000 square foot oasis of timeless quality and beauty, you will see Larry’s “Texas to Tuscan” style from corner to corner. His expertise is evident. Fine leathers, exotic woods, and hand-knotted rugs, all of the highest quality and rich in history.
Larry’s daughter, Elizabeth, who works in the family business, is quite proud of her father. “When I first started working at the store,” she explains, “I wanted to understand the make and model of every rug. Dad was an incredible resource. He taught me hand-knotted vs. machine-made rugs, Oriental and Persian rugs, even the art of dying wool. There’s so much to learn from him.”
An entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an artist, a horseman, Larry Brumbaugh is a fixture in the Ft. Worth landscape. A true original, like the exquisite selection of fine furniture, accessories, and rugs you’ll find at Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings.