Signs of life return to latest downtown retail space

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2021
Pat Snyder of rural Perry announced Monday the planned opening in September of Salvaged Soul at 1114 Second St. in downtown Perry.

Another new commercial venture is afoot in downtown Perry now that local developer Sandy Grubbs of rural Woodward has purchased the building at 1114 Second St. and Pat Snyder of rural Perry has started the demolition while also mulling over possible plans for a retail store.

“Another building has been sold and will be renovated,” Snyder said. “That’s another positive move for Perry.”

She said Grubbs contracted with her and her husband, Joe Snyder, to carry out the demolition while she is in between jobs.

The building dates from 1883 and contains a 1,440-square-foot commercial space on the ground floor and two apartments on the upper story.

“That location was the Milwaukee Market early on,” said local historian Larry Vodenik of Perry. “I show Robinson Clothing in 1946, and it later became Morgan’s Men’s Clothing.”

The alleyside no longer reads, “Oshkosh, B’Gosh,” but the store is in for an overall improvement.

Robinson Clothing occupied the commercial space at 1114 Second St. during the 1940s.

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