One of Indianapolis' most notably enterprising and successful business men is Mr. J. A. Rink, whose extensive cloak factory and spacious "Bee Hive" Bargain Store are now two of the best known features of the city's mercantile circles. Mr. Rink was born and raised in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and early showed an inclination for mercantile life. After gaining ample experience, he came to Indianapolis some fifteen years ago and commenced business for himself five years ago with a capital of only $1,000, the savings of his earnings, but with youth, plenty of energy, and a gift of foresight that showed him the best opening here. This was the establishment of a cloak and suit factory upon the same scale of skill and efficiency as those in New York. Starting upon a comparatively small scale he has prospered remarkably, owing to his sound judgment, great enterprise and industry, and through knowledge of the wants of the trade and the public. His cloak factory is centrally located at 30, 32, 34 and 36 North Illinois street, and is 60x125 feet in dimensions. All the improvements have been introduced, and every department is thoroughly equipped and organized. Mr. Rink manufacturers full lines of cloaks, and all kinds of fur goods. He is a direct importer of the finest fabrics from Europe, including all the most stylish materials, while he also imports his own London dye Alaska sealskins and other furs, and his is the only house in the state that makes seal and other fur garments to order, and of the very choicest skins and materials. During the last season Mr. Rink's facilities have been taxed to the utmost to supply the demand for his popular make of cloaks and fur garments, and has made preparations to remodel and enlarge his cloak and fur store and factory, expending fully $12,000 therein, putting in a complete set of new and elegant fixtures, and the improvements, when completed, will render his the firest establishment of the kind between New York and Chicago. Mr. Rink employs fifty skilled work people in his factory, besides salesmen, and shows a stock of cloaks which had no equal as regards style, materials and workmanship. The are generally worn in this city by fashionable ladies, and are sought for by the trade everywhere.
Mr. Rink, with characteristic enterprise, also opened a "bargain" dry goods store two years ago, familiarly known as "The Bee Hive," and which is very conveniently situated at 48 and 50 North Illinois street. It is under the management of Mr. Edward Rink, brother of the proprietor, and a deservedly popular and energetic young business man. The premises are 40x80 feet in dimensions, and are very handsomely fitted up. Here is carried a full line of dry goods, millinery and notions, ladies' and gents' furnishings, etc. Fine dress goods and cloaks are a specialty. Mr. Rink offers dress goods in all the latest shades, patterns and textures, and is noted for the bargains offered in every department. Buying for cash as he does, and direct from manufacturers and commission houses, he is prepared to sell at prices which no other house cn offer, and the crowds of shoppers in "The Bee Hive" show what attractions are offered.
The property attained by Mr. Rink is due to his own efforts and thorough knowledge of the wants o the public. He now owns his stores free of all incumbrance, with an invoice value of over $40,000, while he also pays taxes on $35,000 worth of real estate, free and clear. The above is an exhibit that but few, if any, young business men can make within the same time in the United States, and Mr. Rink is to be warmly congratulated upon his solid success, and which gives to Indianapolis two such magnificent mercantile establishments. Mr. Rink is universally popular and respected, and has ever retained the confidence of financial circles, an we predict for him a great commercial future, and we recommend his house to all in need of anything in his line.
Indianapolis illustrated : the capital city of Indiana : its growth, resources, commerce, manufacturing interests, financial institutions, and prospects, also sketches of the leading business concerns which contribute to the city's progress and prosperity : a complete history of the city from foundation to the present time (1893), pg. 90.