In downtown Paducah, KY at the corner of 2nd and Kentucky you find a pink building. A pink building with quite the story to tell.
In 1918, Samuel H. Finkel built the Finkel building to house a dry goods store. Originally painted red, the building aged, fading to the beloved pink it’s known for today. For years, the Finkel’s Fair Store outfitted many families in the Paducah area offering clothing and other dry goods at a fair price.
The store grew in popularity and expanded to eleven locations around the region. In January of 1937, the building took on water in one of the worst floods in the area’s history. In 1940, a fire shut the doors for a short time. For another fifty years, the Finkel building outfitted the community in clothing at a fair price, until finally, in 1990 Marshall Nemer, Samuel Finkel’s son-in-law, retired, closing the business.
In 1994, Bill and Meredith Schroeder purchased the Finkel building. Shortly after, the Free Spirit Biker Church moved in and stayed until 2015, when the church outgrew the Finkel building and moved to their new building on John Puryear Drive.
Beginning in 2001, the Finkel building is transformed during QuiltWeek. The doors are opened to quilters, inviting them in for quilting bargains and to meet many amazing and talented vendors.
Shopping begins a day early on Tuesday April 23 from 10 am to 6 pm and continues throughout the week during show hours.
Be sure to stop by this April 23-27 and visit….
Spring Paducah Finkel QuiltWeek Vendors
Cactus Queen Quilt Co – Featuring XBlocks, templates and patterns, quilt kits, fabric, rulers, notions, patterns, books, and more.
Calico Patch Designs – Original traditional inspired patterns with updated techniques and splashes of wool or cotton applique.
Classy American Design Walls – Very classy, very efficient, and very unique Quilt Design Wall/Shade. Made for all Quilters by a Quilter.
Fabric Peddlers – Offering fabric by the yard, patterns, fat quarters, and kits.
Ficklesticks – Bodacious wire-filled fabric sticks made into gorgeous jewelry.
Front Porch Quilts – Featuring hand-dyed wool, Rustic Wool Moire Threads, kits, patterns and quilting supplies.
Primitive Gatherings – Offering fabric, wool, patterns, and kits.
Kathy’s Patchworks – Buttons, hankies, fabric, and vintage chenille squares for quilts.
Lacire Designs – Featuring hand-chosen kits with fabrics from Riley Blake, Wilmington, Windham and more fabric lines, basic notions, patterns, and precut fabrics. Along with rulers (mostly OmniGrid) wooden signs. and books
The Quilt Factory – Offering patterns with easy to follow, detailed instructions, diagrams and tips to make your creative journey a pleasant one, along with lovely kits.
Uniquely Yours Quilt Shop – Rulers, fabric, notions, and kits.
The future of the Finkel Building
Continuing their support of the arts, the Schroeder family donated the Finkel Building to the Market House Theatre in 2017. Plans for renovation into a multipurpose performance space are in the works. For more than 50 years, Market House Theatre has provided award-winning performing arts education and productions for adults and children throughout Western Kentucky.
The Finkel building stands proud today as it continues to serve its community and looks forward to a rich future with open doors.