Former grocery store offers tale of American dream
Sunday, July 15, 2012
An immigrant love story, a neighborhood staple and a safe place in a tumultuous social era — the two-story brick commercial building at 423 E. Miller St. truly is a Jefferson City Landmark.
For the first 50 years, it served as a neighborhood grocery store.
“Grocery stores once were important neighborhood institutions: They were within comfortable walking distance from one’s home, they were operated by trusted neighborhood residents, and they were as much places of social interaction as they were places of business,” said local author and historian Gary Kremer in his “Heartland History,” Volume 1.
In its next half-century, it has been the meeting place for Lodge No. 9 of the Capital City Lodge of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. And for 16 years, it also housed a doctor’s office.
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