Stott's Drug Store in Downtown Searcy has a new look.

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Stott's Drug Store restorationI wrote a blog a few weeks ago about the reconstruction going on at our downtown Stott's Drug Store.  Stott's is on the Court House Square in Searcy Arkansas.

I showed photos of the changes going on in the front. 

Today I took photographs of the finished work.  Main Street Searcy is active in our downtown area trying to make the downtown remain lovely and vital.  They're doing a good job.

Notice the gold columns!  Notice the bench in front for resting and also notice the lovely flower pots on the sidewalk.  This beautiful new look reminds me of some kind of expensive boutique in a tourist city. 

Stott's!  Good job!

 

Stott's Drug Store restoration

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Barbara S. Duncan
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Kate, thanks for checking back.  I'm amazed that they made it look so good.

Patricia, keys made?  I go there to get my meds.  You may know something that I don't.

Mary, the whole thing was very successful.  I hope they see this blog.

 

August 17, 2009 08:53 AM #4
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Anita Fuller

Great job, Stotts and great photos, Barbara.  I'm coming to Searcy this week so will definitely pass by there and see it up close and personal. My sister-in-law lives next door to Nancy so I'll tell her to tell Nancy to be sure and look at the blog. They (the Showwalters) bought some nice chairs from Mother's auction for their house...maybe some other things, too.

Downtown Searcy is slowly but surely getting spiffed up....    Have you ever blogged Bobby's Cafe?   Have you ever eaten there?

Anita Fuller

August 17, 2009 08:57 AM #5
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
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They did do a very nice job! It's so much more inviting now and it dressed up the entire block making it warm and cheery.

August 17, 2009 09:12 AM #6
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Steven L. Smith
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Barbara,

It is always nice to see when building owners take pride in their establishment.

August 17, 2009 09:19 AM #7
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Harold Gene Sullivan

It's great to see old downtown Searcy getting fixed up.  Just hope that prevents it from dying as so many town downtown areas have with people just liking shopping malls and discount houses. 

I don't remember Stotts being "two stores" wide when we shopped there as I was growing up in the '40s and '50s.  Is my memory just getting poor?

August 17, 2009 02:37 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, thanks for telling Nancy to look at the blog.  The store really does look pretty.  I have not eaten at Bobby's Cafe.  I think he only has room for his regular patrons and I never even think of going there.  It is evidently delicious.  Some of the banks buy the sausage biscuits there and give them to our realtor's group and they are wonderful.  You may have to blog it for me with history etc.

Suesan, it truly is improved!!

Steven, you're so right.  By the way, I think I saw Nutsy on TV this morning.  I was watching Ch 4 while exercising, the only time I ever watch TV, and they had this couple on who had taken a photo of themselves with water and mountains behind.  They had timed exposure on the camera so while they were smiling and waiting for the camera to click, out jumps this squirrel and hogs the photo!  It was so much like our little buddy.  I hope you saw it.  His face was to the camera and the people were in the background.

Harold Gene, the old bookstore (I remember it) was taken in by Stott's several years ago so that they have double the space.  The fronts are not absolutely just alike.  Your memory is goo.

August 17, 2009 05:49 PM #9
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We kind of have that going on in our little town of Haymarket, here... it's pretty cool to watch it all happen.

August 17, 2009 09:09 PM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Konnie Mac, Main Street is a good program and has helped our town.  I love seeing the streets looking good again.

August 17, 2009 09:22 PM #11
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Anita Fuller

Barbara:   You MUST eat at Bobby's.....Don, Paula and I will take you there for breakfast before we start our little "looking at Searcy in the 50's" trip.  That just may be Oct. 16th, when we're in town for our 55th high school reunion.  We can research Bobby's then. He and Mother were good buddies, I think he may have worked for her in the cafeteria at Harding.  I took her there for lunch several times before she got so infirm.  Wasn't easy getting her in and out, but we did it and I'm so glad I did.

Harold Gene:  Don't you remember West's BookStore?  Bob and I both bought records there all the time, maybe some sheet music.  I think Bob still have some that he bought there, of course he remembers where he bought everything.  Not me.

Anita Fuller

August 18, 2009 07:51 AM #12
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Don Thompson
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I find the sign above the store fascinating. Wonder if Coke still pays for the sign. Stotts had no soda fountain like Headlee and Rexall but it did have a top opening Coke cold drink machine that was popular.

They still had that machine the last time I was in there 9 years ago. This picture was taken 9-13-2000.

 

Stotts 9-13-2000

I remember the book store. That's where we bought our school workbooks and textbooks in high school. It also had a good magazine collection and SiFi books.

 

August 18, 2009 10:38 AM #13
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, perhaps with someone who has "pull" I can get in the restaurant.  They should name it after that old song, "The Green Door," because I really do feel that they are so crowded they don't let just anyone in!

Don, I believe they still have that coke top-opener machine.  They also have one of those Yarnell things where you reach in and get a popsicle or other ice-cream treat.  I like the old stuff around the top shelves in the store.

August 18, 2009 06:59 PM #14
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Harold Gene Sullivan

Of course I remember West's Book store, it just slipped by "goo" mind for a bit.  Mr. West was my 6th or 7th grade teacher.  That was the year after the Grammer School building burned and we held classes all over town.  My class met in one of the county fair buildings when the fairgrounds were at, what is now, W. Moore and N. Elm.  I think that was the only year he taught in Searcy, not sure what that has to say about our class.  :-) 

August 18, 2009 08:51 PM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Geesh, Harold Gene!  You mean the fair grounds were there where the Jr High is now??  I'd never heard that before.  I guess the school bought the ground?  We need to know more from our super sleuths.  Poor Mr. West.  I remember him and he always looked so tired and worn out.  Now I know why......your class!

August 18, 2009 09:41 PM #16
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Harold Gene Sullivan

Yes, along with the football field and the new gyn.  ( I just checked Google Maps and the gym is still there.)  Around 1950 or -51 Birdseye moved imto the main fair building and started processing strawberries and veritables.  It, along with the shoe factory on South Main, were really needed as they hired lots of low skill workers and trained them to do the necessary tasks.  Birdseye was season work and even hired high school kids sometimes.  It was when Birdseye took over part of the fair grounds that the fair moved out on East Race.  I'm not sure who owned what land when there, it was something a kid never worried about.

August 19, 2009 02:43 AM #17
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Harold Gene, thanks for the additional info!!

August 19, 2009 09:27 PM #18
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Do you know the history behind Stotts Drug store and who the owners have been over the years.  So rare to find family owned drugstores these days. 

November 14, 2009 09:08 PM #19
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David Snow

I am 63 years old and I still have ALL my records that I bought from Mrs. West at West's Book Store.  I dearly wish I had a photo of the front of that store as it looked in the 60's. I have many fond memories of going into that store when I was a teenager.

September 28, 2010 05:16 PM #20
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Stay tuned, David, and perhaps we'll find one for you.  The readers are digging deep into their archives for historical shots.  Are you a record saver?  I have tons of old records that I need to get rid of.  My son collected them.

September 28, 2010 05:43 PM #21
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David Snow

No, I have enough old records, and I NEVER play them anyhow...  now if you have any old COMIC BOOKS!!  I'll definitely take those off your hands!

October 02, 2010 10:00 PM #22
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Barbara S. Duncan
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David, only a few old comic books.  My son would have been in his 40's so they are probably not from your era.  He surely was a collector and I feel guilty when I get rid of some of his stuff.  One of the last things he said to me as he was leaving home to go seek fame and fortune was, "Don't throw away anything!" 

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