When I was here, Oberlin was a kind of hippy liberal place in spite of the restrictions put on the women. So I took a picture of this store as it seemed to capture the ambience of Oberlin 45 years ago.
What to buy: Art/Design, Clothing, Gifts, Jewelers
This three-story building is the only structure in town that has had the same owner and the same first floor business since it was built. The Gibson brothers had a candy and peanut stand on a sidewalk lot on South Main until 1901 when they were forced to close it. They then bought this lot from Richard Brown who had a peanut and shoeshine stand on the lot with a sign that read, "Brown, Jesus & Company."
The Gibson’s operated their business from Mr. Brown’s stand until they demolished it and built this building in 1905.
With its modern 1930s black vitrolite storefront, this building has been important part of Oberlin’s 20th century commercial development. From 1907 to 1910 Oberlin’s first silent movies were shown on the second floor.
What to buy: When I was at Oberlin the college bookstore was in the basement. We often stopped at the bakery on the way to or from class to get a donut or cookie from the bakery. They supply fresh bagels and donuts to the Wilder Cafe and dining halls. In the fall and spring there is seating outside so you can eat what you have bought.