GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — It's a Grand Haven institution. A corner store called Pfaff's that used to be a neighborhood pharmacy is keeping as much of it's original feel as possible.
The owners and managers are hoping it stays special for the next generation.
The soda fountain opened up in the 1950s. A decade later, Dwayne Bloemer started working at Pfaff's .
“I started here in 1964 as a stock boy here in high school,” owner Dwayne Bloemer said.
Bloemer says there's something special about this place. So special, he decided to take the place over and keep the original name going.
“I bought the store from Cliff Pfaff in 1980, and I owned it for 33 years,” Bloemer said.
A new pharmacy opened up in the same spot as Pfaff's a few years back. They closed up shop about a year or so ago. Dwayne didn't want this building to sit empty.
"We wanted to put something back into this area here,” Dwayne said.
So he called in his A-team. The woman who ran his store all those years ago's daughter, Alicia Morrow, is now the store manager.
“I worked here since I was like, way young,” Alicia Morrow said.
And it's together that they hope this store remains a tradition in Grand Haven for years to come.
“That’s a lot of what customers have said too, is oh I was so sad when this place closed, I’m just so glad it’s back in the community. I just really hope that people continue to come here, so that we can provide this service you can’t get anywhere," Morrow said.