RACINE — A love for antiques, history and heritage has made it possible for an area landmark to open its doors once more.
The doors are once again open at the old Waid Cross & Sons grocery building on Pearl Street in Racine. The building was purchased several years ago by Racine natives Aaron and Shirley Sayre. Several ideas were considered for the space, including reopening it as a grocery. The store had been vacant for years, but is reopening under the direction of Ada Sayre.
Ada said the store will be like a general store with new things being added weekly. The store will have antiques, movies, video games and much more.
The first floor of the building, which long housed a grocery store owned and managed by Bill Cross and family, has been renovated. Sayre said the floor had to be raised, but as much of the original character of the building has been preserved as possible. The tin ceilings and original beams still stand strong.
Sayre has many items for sale that are new and used. She also hopes to have seasonal local produce and, eventually, local beef for sale.
An area for coffee and conversation is being set up, as well. Ada said that was a tradition from the days of Cross’ that she wanted to bring back.
“I want to hear the stories,” she said.
She loves history and antiques. She hopes people will share memories and make it a community spot where people can gather. She noted the Cross’ sign will stay out front along with the familiar sign painted along the outside of the building.
“There is a little something for everyone,” she said, pointing out everything from an antique doctor’s bag to a popular video game.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. There will be a grand opening January 9.