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The Gas Light Building & Concroft Music Co. (Currently Salon Rob)

In 1885, Simon Steyerman & Brothers owned a grocery and retail clothing store here. Mr. CoCroft, who took over from Mr. Steyerman, opened a music store called CoCroft Music Company around the turn of the century. His family actually composed and published popular ragtime music, and several of these tunes became very popular during the era. The CoCroft Music Company lasted for over a 100 years and was considered one of the oldest music stores in the country. During the Steyerman and CoCroft years, the building had a basket system, and as merchandise was sold, money was collected in the basket and raised by a pulley system up to a platform where the bookkeeper sat. The money was then removed and recorded in the books and the basket lowered again. This way, little money was left in the cash register. The architecture is folk Victorian with corbelling at the top. Of particular note are the triple-hung windows on the second story. Most windows only have two sashes but these large windows have three. The building now houses Clemons, Rutherford & Associates and Salon Rob. If you look in the windows you will find the original Victrola ‘Nipper’ dog statue that graced CoCroft’s store since the early 1900’s!

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