Prerogative Fall 2020 - Page 14

A clipping from The Bluefield Daily Telegraph, published March 19, 2016, to celebrate Kammer Furniture’s 84th year in business. In time, the furniture store took over the second, third and fourth floor. “It’s old school,” Kammer said. “It’s a different kind of elevator, and you don’t see them like that anymore. The building has been remodeled, but the elevator has never been replaced.” Built for freight and passengers, the elevator can appear unassuming from the outside. When the doors open, however, it’s as if time stopped at the turn of the century. Just inside the retracting gate, visitors are greeted by soft green walls and a vintage trimmed sign reading, “Welcome to Kammer’s.” As they venture up and downward through each of the floors, they can view the passing exposed internal walls through the gate. “All the elevators around here were like that when I was a kid,” Kammer recalled. “Most had gate operators, and the gate operators would open and close the gate behind you. ” Kammer, a Bluefield native, graduated from West Virginia University in 1976 with a degree 12 Prerogative Magazine