Ever have a bad day and dream about just starting your life over by, say, opening a B&B in a small town in Vermont? Sure, it’s the foundation of many a romance novel, but who wouldn’t want a fresh start in a cute little town? Anyways, if you’re actually serious about making a big change, we’ve dug up what might be the perfect opportunity. The building that once housed Route 66’s Phillipsburg General Store is for sale, and even though it needs some lovin’ (and by “lovin'” I mean a decent amount of work), it’s the perfect chance for someone to not just own, but save a bit of Mother Road history.
Back in the day, trains would pull up alongside the tracks (that are still there today) to drop off provisions to stock the store. It has also previously served as a drug store and a bank, and, believe it or not, there was once a small theater/meeting house upstairs with space where quilters would work. More recently, it was an antique store. It’s actually the only historic building left in the town of Phillipsburg in Missouri, so preserving it is more than just good for Route 66… it’s good for the town as well. Right now, the town’s main attraction is Redmon’s Candy Factory, which sells delicious homemade fudge and taffy along with bulk treats and is attached to a flea market that touts itself as the “World’s Largest Gift Shop”.
It’s on Missouri’s list of “Places in Peril”, thanks to the rough condition of the 100-plus-year-old building, but it’s got that historic charm you can’t really fake. Plus, admit it, it’d make a great diner or soda fountain. There’s no better time to invest in Route 66, by the way… its birthday is coming up in a few years, and there’s lots of Congressional momentum behind a bill to declare it an official National Historic Trail (which means federal funds for preservation, restoration, and even promotion of the route and business along the way!)
If you’re serious about saving the store, just shoot an email to the owner at firstname.lastname@example.org!