Photo taken on September 26, 2019
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Originally two separate buildings the two buildings were connected n 1963 after Taft Rattler purchased the two buildings. The original commercial building was constructed in 1925. The early period display cases, wooden wall shelves, 1960s Coca-Cola cooler, a 1960s Coca-Cola star burst clock and wooden benches are still utilized in the store. The barber shop room is located behind the retail store space and is still intact with the barber chair, sink, a sign stating, “Taft’s Barber Shop, Hair Cuts $5” and the 1963 colored tile flooring.
While I was photographing this building the owner came out being curious why I was photographing his store. After a brief discussion he invited me in to see the inside. It was like walking back in time. What a delightful experience to see this slice of history preserved and still in operation. Mom and pop grocery stores were once on just about every block in small town America. This is one of the few that has survived.
November 5th, 2019
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