Stan's Bar (1948)
While not the oldest
Known as the village's "Community Center" by some, Stan's Bar was The Home Café in the 1920s to the 1930s, and then
Before it was a restaurant or bar, the building at
Fire destroyed this and several nearby buildings in 1889, but Messinger rebuilt. When he died in 1898, the store was operated by his two sons, Garry and Clifford, and the name was changed to Messinger & Messinger.
Joe started working at Stan's in 1991 while still in high school. He took over when his parents died less than a year apart in 2006 and 2007.
Now 47, Stalec says he expects to stay with the business "until I turn 100 or the Lions win the
He said he is sticking with the family plan. While he keeps the place maintained, he hasn't made any major changes since his great-uncle expanded the bar in the 1960s.
"They had to walk (the bar) out on Savidge, turn it around and walk it back in" to accommodate the renovations, Stalec said.
The pine walls, bar and cabinetry behind the bar are all original, the current owner said. The bar has been resurfaced a few times and Stalec regularly replaces the chairs.
The current sign went up in the late 1950s or early '60s, Stalec said. The large windows were bricked up sometime after that.
Stalec has had the sign refurbished, as well as the Budweiser globe that hangs over the bar and the Budweiser sailing sign on the north wall.
The biggest changes since the current owner has been around include the smoking ban and the addition of craft beers and spirits. Stalec said the smoking ban was a major boost to the business, as more people came in, they stay longer and it helps with maintenance.
When Stalec started working at the bar, the only beer on tap was Budweiser. In 1994-95, there were two beers on tap. Now they have 17.
Stalec said he hopes the business stays in the family, although he admits it is a lot of work. Still, two of his three children want to be involved with the bar, he said.
Stalec said that Stan's Bar is like comfort food: You come in and there's always someone you can talk to.
"It amazes me some of the people who meet each other here," he said.
Kelly joined her father's business in 1975. Garry joined in 1964. Kelly said that one of their secretaries,
Clyde moved the business to a different house at
Kelly said that her father later bought the Pettis Dress Shop next door, had the building demolished and then expanded the insurance agency, moving into that portion of the building in 1978. Not much has changed since then, she said, beyond new carpeting and a little remodeling inside.
"We enjoy what we do, and we enjoy the village," Kelly said.
Bilz Plumbing (1866)
Although Bilz Plumbing has been in
The business passed to his son, William, and then to his grandson, Preston, who operated it for many years. Preston and his wife, Isabelle, lived in a Victorian mansion next to the business.
"It's a good community," Downs said. "If you take care of your customers, they take care of you."
Other notable longtime businesses
Bill's Sport Shop,
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