June 13, 2000
Journal Staff Report
Bru’s House of Color has passed through the hands of two generations, and is now in its third with the recent purchase of the business by Ray and Darlene Wiemer.
June and Charles Brubaker started the paint business in April of 1963, according to Charles "Bru" Brubaker. Brubaker said that the business just sort of took off. They started off with paint, and added art supplies, framing and blinds through the years.
The Brubakers ran the successful store for 24 years before they sold it in 1986 to George and Lorraine Wickstrom.
"We had all our kids educated. We were ready to retire and we knew we had good people that were going to run it," June Brubaker said.
The Wiemers took the business over on June 1. Ray Weimer explained that he had worked in the store for the Wickstroms for four years prior to the sale.
"Everything will stay the same," Wiemer said. "Hopefully we’ll make some improvements as time goes on, all for the benefit of the customer. The timing was right."
The Wiemers plan to continue the tradition of fine customer service, quality products, and extensive product knowledge.