Berdine's 5 & Dime Celebrates 100 Years

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Even though prices have changed since 1908, Berdine's 5 & Dime store in Harrisville hasn't changed much. It's a place where the toys still wind up and you can even buy penny candy

Just around the corner from the Ritchie County Courthouse is a store that's been serving customers for a hundred years.

Susan Gould is a Buckhannon, WV resident who visited the store Friday.

"And my sister lives in St. Marys and she said I ought to come see this store, it was like the ones we had back in the country, it had everything in it," she said.

Nothing cost more than ten cents when the store first opened on March 28, 1908.

Monika Crum, a sales clerk at Berdine's 5 & Dime said "Kit Carson and his brother Lafayette opened the store. It was called Berdine and Hunt at that time."

Kit Carson Berdine bought his brother's share of the store and changed the name to Berdine's 5 and 10 Cent Store.

In 1915 the store moved to it's current location at 106 North Court Street.

The name changed this time to Berdine's Variety Store. Then it left the hands of the Berdine family twenty five years ago and is currently owned by the Six family.

"People that we meet are important to us. We spend time with them listening to them, we laugh with them, we cry with them, you know and they're special to us," said Crum.

The store's special to it's customers too.

"We used to have a store up in the country it had, shoes, clothes, and groceries, and everything in it you know you didn't have to go to Wal-Mart, you just got everything, and this store's got everything," Gould said.

Crum said people from near and far come and reminisce when they see the tin toys, cash register, penny candy, and much more.

"It's just a place to make memories or relive old memories," said Crum.

Crum said it's the oldest five and dime store in America.

Also like other stores from it's time, you can't pay by credit card. They only accept cash or checks.

In honor of the centennial there are activities planned for the year and the store is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Sundays.

For more information call 304-643-2217.

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