Berdines Five and Dime
Berdines holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously-operated five and dime store in America.
KC Berdine outside of the original store location at Court & Main Streets following the departure of former business partner Lafayette Hunt.
Backstory and Context
Five and Dime stores earned their name from the prices of merchandise-with no items being priced about ten cents. Local variety stores like this were common throughout the United States, and while inflation required them to raise prices beyond their original range, the stores remained popular with bargain hunters. Today, chain stores like Family Dollar trace their lineage back to the original Five and Dime stores, most of which were locally-owned and operated. A trip to Berdines is a trip back in time, as the store owners decided to remove many of the modern shelves and displays a few decades ago in an effort to re-create the historic feel of the store.
Berdine's Five and Dime website (accessed 6/24/16) http://www.berdinesdimestore.com/