Do you remember G.C. Murphy? The five and dime chain was founded in Pittsburgh in 1906 and acquired by the Ames department store chain in the mid eighties.
The stores typically had a popular lunch counter and are sometimes confused with Woolworth stores. They met their demise in 2002.
Downtown Gallipolis has some interesting features including this old GC Murphy storefront which faces the city park. It’s an antique/craft mall now.
There are a handful of antique stores in Gallipolis and Point Pleasant, West Virginia just across the Ohio River. The city park is a nice place to picnic and there are some good restaurants there too. Go during the holidays for a beautiful display of Christmas lights.
Never heard of GC Murphy, but I well remember Ames dept stores. They bought out the Big N dept stores here in NY.
Hmm. I don’t think we had Big N around here.