Coverage of Beverly’s renewal appreciated

As a longtime resident of Beverly, I was happy to see Sam Shawver’s excellent article about the renewal of businesses in the block of Main Street (Ohio 60) here between Center and Ferry streets. I am grateful to Lisa Huck, Larry Matthews and Charlie Schilling for their confidence in the community and their vision to restore this vital business district. I am also grateful to the Skinners, Brookers, Kenyons, the Rock Box, the Rental Depot, the barber shop, Carolyn Plummer at Cornerstone and others who have kept this block “alive” in recent years.

One correction needs to be made. The building now charmingly occupied by Lisa’s Sweet Stop was not the pharmacy. It originated as a variety store and continued as such for a number of years before being re-purposed to other uses.

I am the daughter of Jesse and Nellie Bartlett Price who owned Price’s Pharmacy in the building now occupied by Dough Boyz Pizza. That building is to the left (east) of the building now being renovated by Larry Matthews and Charlie Schilling. It was built in 1931 under the supervision of my grandfather, Fred Price, then publisher of the newspaper, The Beverly Dispatch. My father graduated from pharmacy school in Cincinnati that year, and in December, 1931, opened his pharmacy in Beverly, under the name “Price’s Pharmacy.” Until 1940, our family lived in a house across the street from the store, about where McDonald’s parking lot is now. The Matthews-Schilling building was occupied by the post office on the left and a men’s clothing store, “Halls, Of Course,” on the right. A book at the Beverly library titled, “Beverly-Waterford, A Retrospective,” has a picture of the Matthews-Schilling building when it was occupied by the post office and shows the pharmacy to its left.

Herb Kasun purchased the pharmacy about 40 years ago and operated it in the same building for a few years before building the present B&W Pharmacy at its location in the shopping area on the east side of town.

Thanks again to these business owners and to The Marietta Times for the fine article and pictures.

Marilyn Price Combs