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History

Kd. is a family, both literally and figuratively. For more than 60 years, we have been passionately dedicated to helping our clients create kitchens that truly become the heart of the home—equal parts beautiful and functional, and always reflective of the people who inhabit them.

The Kd. story began in 1953, when P.G. and Esther Hartman opened a commercial cabinetry distributorship with a GI Bill and a $250 loan from Esther’s father. As the fledgling Denver kitchen industry evolved, the Kitchen Distributors name became synonymous with quality and attention to detail. A true creative visionary, P.G. became the voice of the fledgling Colorado kitchen design industry, and is largely responsible for its success today. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first Mountain States Chapter of the American Institute of Kitchen Design (now known as the NKBA) and was often the first in the state to offer innovative products—including luxury brands and avant-garde designs that represented a new era of kitchen design.

When P.G. passed away unexpectedly in 1974, his family made the decision to pool their respective talents and carry his proud legacy into the future. When Esther retired in 2008, the business passed into the capable hands of her son, Tom Hartman. Today, with two successful showrooms and more than 60 years of award-winning design under their collective belt, Kitchen Distributors’ heritage is stronger than ever before. But if you ask Tom or anyone else in the Kd. family what makes them the proudest, they won’t mention prestigious awards or glowing editorial. Now, as it always has been, it’s about friends and family…gathered together in the one room that nourishes mind, body and soul.