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The General Store (B. P. Knight Store)
The Knight family bought this building in 1902 and opened a general merchandise store, which they operated until the mid-1980s when Donald Lorrier took it over and preserved the contents and character of the place. The second floor originally served as a ten-room hotel with an apartment for the Knight family. Even though it no longer serves as a general store, the interior still possesses its pressed-metal ceiling, original sales counters, rolling ladders, high shelves where goods were retrieved with a long-handled hand-operated claw, and an office area at the rear. The exterior is typical of a commercial wood-frame structure with a weatherboarded and decorative pressed-metal cornice, though the window hoods were removed. The small squares of colored glass in the upper sash are identical to those on the nearby Arcade building (RB27).
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