If you are looking to buy a historic Main Street building with an indoor tennis court, there one is for sale for $295,000.
Shirley's Closet consignment shop at 305 and 307 S. Main St. is available. I talked to Shirley Kessler, the owner, who told me she plans to move to Gary. She said she is moving there to be with the love of her life, but that is another story.
The consignment shop is on the first floor, and the second floor is an indoor tennis court. The court, which has a high ceiling, used to be a ballroom at one time and was later converted into a bowling alley.
While the building was most recently used by the Head Start program, many people remember it as the old Feinstein's building.
Tennis enthusiasts have played upstairs for many years, but that stopped recently. Shirley said that she and tennis club members could not work out an agreement over rent, so they parted ways.
I told her that a tennis player should buy the building, so club members could keep playing. She, of course, is not opposed to that.
The building is huge. It has a full basement with vaults where Feinstein's used to store its furs. There is also a partial third floor. The building has 21,300 square feet of space.
Shirley has reduced her store hours and will close the store when she can find a buyer. She is no longer taking consignment items. Her summer store hours are 3-6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
35 years of natural foods
Natural Abundance Food Co-op has been celebrating its 35th anniversary this week.
Founded in 1978, the co-op has grown and changed dramatically from its early days. Many food co-ops went out of business as natural and organic foods became more mainstream and sold at grocery stores, but not Natural Abundance, which continues to be a vibrant addition to downtown at 125 S. Main St.
I talked with Vonnie Siefken who has worked at the co-op for 34 of its 35-year history.
She said she remembers the co-op's first location on South Main, which she said was rather primitive. The store has been at five locations. She remembers stirring 5-gallon buckets of bulk peanut butter and scooping it into jars.
"We tried to stir it with a paint mixer once, and that didn't work too well," she said. "The peanut butter went all over the walls."
Back then, the co-op sold a lot of bulk food, such as oatmeal, cheese, whole wheat flour and wheat bran. Times have changed. While bulk foods are still sold, the co-op has thousands of packaged, refrigerated, frozen and fresh foods, as well as a large supplement and health and beauty section. The product choices, especially for those with food allergies, have burgeoned.
Today, Natural Abundance is concluding its new membership drive. Stop in for free samples, register for prizes and consider a membership, said Lara Nelson, manager.
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