Village of Emden celebrates resurgence in commerce
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[April 05, 2013]
EMDEN -- Something really good
has been going on in the village of Emden of late. Several new
businesses have opened their doors in the small community, and to
celebrate, all the downtown businesses in Emden will host open
houses on April 13.
to Kent Cross who works at First Bank in Emden, the village is reaping the benefits of a new bar and
grill, the Stag-R-Inn; a new beauty shop; a new garage; and a new
insurance agency -- all just within recent months.
recently that having the Stag-R-Inn open in Emden has given the
community a real boost, and he's happy to see them there and doing
In addition, Justin Montgomery has opened an insurance agency in
the old First Bank building, and Justin Duvall has opened a shop in
what was first known as the McCormick Auto Co. and later as Fink
Cross shared some history of the buildings occupied by Montgomery
and Duvall. The original First Bank building was built and owned by
current First Bank owner Tim McCormick's family. Until a few months
ago the building remained the property of the McCormicks.
When they began talking about perhaps razing the old bank and the
old Chevrolet garage next to it, Cross decided to purchase the
property and restore the buildings.
He noted that the Chevrolet building had been built in the early
1900s and in 1910 was the McCormick Auto Co. In 1920 the garage was
taken over by Fink Chevrolet, and a car dealership remained in
business in the building until 2007.
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Cross said the old bank building had a lot of its original
structure, and he chose to restore the building and keep it close to
its original state. Since then, he said a lot of folks have said
they would really like to see the building now that it is done.
Cross said the area businesses built on that idea, and it was
decided that instead of making it just about the old bank building,
they would create a day to celebrate all the successful businesses
Included in the special event on April 13, Cross said there will
be opportunities for shoppers and visitors to enter drawings for
gifts at every business. He said altogether there will be a total of
$2,200 worth of goods and services given away in a number of
Cross said the Emden business owners are hoping that everyone
will turn out for the day. Visitors will have an opportunity to
visit with business owners, see all the community has to offer and
learn more about the town.
[By NILA SMITH]