October 5, 2019 Historic Bell Ringing

We rang the historic 100-year old bell hanging in the bell tower of the Garden Home Marketplace (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway) on October 5, 2019. This event was bittersweet as it coincides with the imminent closing of the grocery store. We are working with Colin Lamb, the owner of the building, with the hope that the bell will be able to remain where it hangs when a new tenant takes over the space.

Thanks to Store Manager Mike Babbitt and all of the store staff for withstanding two hours of bell ringing.

Leslie Bennett is the artist who put up these wonderful Thank You boards for the closing of Bales Market Place. Leslie’s business: LillyPillyProductions.com. The memories and the kind words have been an excellent way for the community to share their appreciation to the grocery store staff, to Manager Mike Babbitt and to Colin Lamb for the Lamb’s participation in our community for over 60 years. Our thanks to all!

Update as of October 15: The Bales Market Place store continues its process of closing and disposing of groceries and equipment. The historic church bell, plaques and vintage post office safe will remain in place with property owner Colin Lamb’s approval. The Wells Fargo Bank and the Post Office are closed and may not reopen. The liquor store and the Growlers are awaiting further news. Colin Lamb will retain the historic store photos that were hung on the walls.

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2 Responses to October 5, 2019 Historic Bell Ringing

  1. Mickey Lindsay says:

    Do we know where the bell is going?

    • gardenhomehistoryproject says:

      We are hoping the bell will be able to remain where it is after a new tenant takes over the space.

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