||October 10, 2008
Changes on Powassan’s Main Street
All communities have businesses that
come and go for various reasons but some get your attention more than others.
For example, when I heard that M. L. Moore and Sons Furniture and Appliances
was closing in Powassan it got my attention. I, like
hundreds of others, have shopped there for years. Pat Moore who owns the store
now generously hangs dozens of paintings of area artists on the walls of his
store and I have dropped in to see his “Gallery” regularly.,
Photo of the original store.
I dropped in to see Pat and he told
me the history of the store. He also pointed out that the hardware store next
door wanted to expand and the timing was right for him to retire in
His father Murray opened the store on
the same site 61 years ago “with a toaster, iron and kettle” and through good
times and bad son Pat and his wife Shirley have provided sales and service to
Powassan and area. His dad started the store after
the war. He had a war buddie that had a connection
with Westinghouse that led to some original orders there.(see
photo) Pat’s mother Monica has been there from the start and still comes in
regularly over noon hour and other times to
help. Pat who has been the owner for 35 years (with only one sick day) and
Pat’s wife have sold, delivered and maintained hundreds of appliances and sold
hundreds of pieces of furniture over the years. By
the way now is a good time to pick up a bargain.
of store front today with Pat and his mother Monica. D. Mackey photo.
Pat remembered the fire that
destroyed the original store on Easter Sunday in 1969. The store had apartments
upstairs then and nine people escaped. The store was rebuilt and prospered to
the present day. Pat says he wants to stay in the business he enjoys for a
while yet in a lesser role and hopes some of his customers will follow if he
joins the staff of some other similar business. With his experience and
reputation for customer service I am sure he will do well. They will be missed
on the main street of Powassan.The
new Giesler Home
Hardware will still provide us with our toasters, irons and kettles.
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