Pieces of the Past: Sandals, Sidewalk Sales, and Old Stores

November 2, 2022

The other day I was looking for a pair of shoes. In the process, I rediscovered a pair of sandals. I hadn’t laid eyes on them for years! Correction: DECADES!

I was surprised to find them in excellent condition. I wore them only a few times. They were a “Sidewalk Sale” bargain from LOGAN’S Men’s wear. Logan’s was located in a classic multi-story building located on Liberty Street South of the picket-fenced one-story building on the corner of Third and Liberty. Today, Logan’s building is a memory only for people my age or older. It was demolished and replaced by the modern building that housed Cady’s Hallmark Card and Gift Shop.

The memories of old Downtown Warren flooded in.

Do you remember the businesses that were located on that side of the street back then? Next to Logan’s was a narrow alley then Montgomery Ward. My memory is somewhat foggy but in that block were: Cowdrick’s, James Jewelers, Try M Loan Company, Triangle Shoes, and Kreggees.

I’m sure I left out several.

Today the Logan’s site no longer houses Northwest Consumer Discount but the narrow alley between that building and the McKissock building is a cool little park named for Art Kelsey.

Photo by Brian Hagberg.

The same year I bought those sandals, Art went to work for Warren. He was one of the people who quietly made a huge difference. He maintained many of Warren’s public parks. Next time you’re in the neighborhood take a minute to enjoy the spot. Art would be delighted.

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