Don & Sherry Brown, the owners of Kansas Country Store, are true Leavenworth, Kansas natives. Don has been a businessman in Leavenworth city for nearly 50 years, and Sherry was born and raised here, which means they are actively engaged in multiple facets of the community. The Browns care deeply about Leavenworth and work hard to improve their community through outreach and volunteer efforts. Don & Sherry also have years of experience with raising horses, cattle, and other livestock and continue to raise cattle on their family farm here in Leavenworth County.
History of Kansas Country Store
Before the year 2000, we were using our building for a tire and auto repair business. We were also raising APHA paint horses, so we thought we would like to sell some horse tack as well. We converted our customer waiting room into a small tack store and called it Horse Country.
It was soon obvious that there wasn’t adequate space with that room, so we began to expand the area. Our customers convinced us that we should provide feed and supplements as well. From our personal experience and the research that we did at the time, we chose to approach Purina and ask to become an authorized dealer. The quality of their products and the research behind their development made it an easy decision for us.
In 2003, we closed the auto repair and expanded Horse Country into the rest of the building.
It just seemed natural to add pet foods to our expanding inventory, then wild bird food, then feed for livestock, including cattle, swine, goats, poultry, sheep and more. Horse Country was growing, and we continued expanding our product selection.
On Sunday, October 2nd, 2005, Leavenworth had approximately 12 inches of rain overnight! The result of that unusually heavy rainfall was flash flooding. Our store was filled with over 44 inches of rushing, muddy water. When the water cleared, an inch or two of slimy muck remained and coated the floor, the walls, and everything the water had touched. Nearly all our inventory was destroyed.
Dozens of friends and customers stepped up to help clean out the store. They brought shovels, wheelbarrows, and even two bobcats to help clean up the soggy, muddy mess. Their selfless help and overwhelming support encouraged us stay open despite severe financial loss. We were determined to continue serving the community that stood by us when we were down on our luck.
In 2008, we remodeled and expanded the store, both in size and in products. We added a gift shop and a coffee shop, and we started carrying work boots, English riding apparel, Western boots, and more. We named it Kansas Country Store.
We at Kansas Country Store are grateful to this community for its support. And we are proud to be part of it.
As Always, we appreciate the community support for small business.