In 1842, Bavarian Jew Adam Gimbel came to Vincennes and began peddling goods on the street. In the coming years, Gimbel established a big retail presence in the city, building a three-story dry goods and clothing store on the northeast corner of Second and Main streets, where his seven sons were employed. The store was the start of a national retail empire.
The business passed out of the direct hands of the Gimbel family in 1891, when it was sold to local retailer I. Joseph & Sons. Isaac Joseph was Adam Gimbel’s brother-in-law.