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Our History

The Emporium Western Store, a familiar local landmark at 1031 19th St. in Bakersfield, California, started over 100 years ago and has been serving valued customers ever since. The store was founded in 1909 as a true “emporium” or general store in the heart of downtown Bakersfield. In 1928, it was purchased by Isaac Rubin, grandfather of the current owners, and has remained in the family through three generations. In 1946, operation of the store passed to Rubin’s daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Al Goldwater. It was in 1948 that Al Goldwater began to convert the store into a specialty Western clothing store, one of the first in California, and changed the name from “The Emporium” to “Emporium Western Store.” Currently the Emporium Western Store is owned and operated by the Goldwaters’ two children, Stephen Goldwater and Carol Goldwater Durst.
The Emporium Western Store is a well-known institution in Kern County as well as in the Western industry. In fact, the Emporium Western Store has been recognized frequently by manufacturers and others as being the best in the state or even the country. The store has won awards such as the Wrangler PRCA Dealer of the Year, the Justin Boot Company Dealer of the Year and the Resistol Hat Windy Ryan Award. In 1995, the Emporium Western Store was the first Western store outside the state of Texas to win the Western Image Award Retailer of the Year for a single-location store. Locally, it has been voted the Best Western Store in Kern County every year since 1998 when The Bakersfield Californian started its annual readers' poll.
The strength of the Emporium Western Store over the years has been its service, selection and value. You can find a wide selection of boots, hats, jeans, shirts, belts, as well as all the other favorite Western accessories and gift items. Customer service is old fashioned at the Emporium Western Store, where many customers are welcomed by name as they enter the store. Many longtime local families have been shopping at the store for three or four generations and old friends are always running into each other while shopping. The Emporium Western Store prides itself on being the oldest and largest locally owned, full-service Western store in Kern County, the store where real cowboys shop.

Emporium Western Store

1031 19th St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: (661) 325-8476
Business Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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