We were discussing an old business in downtown Searcy AR a few days ago. The Lure Cafe was the subject of a blog. Reread it HERE. A very thoughtful and completely knowledgeable Searcy resident, Philip Williams, told us that his dad had a store that was just about two or three doors down from The Lure Cafe. He sent two pictures. Here is the business front. (I know, I know, you are fascinated by that car in the front but I don't know what kind it is.) The business was called Economy Suppy and did plumbing, electrical and sold appliances. Refrigerators, freezers, kitchen stoves, TV's and radios.
Philip shared this interior photo also. From left to right is his Uncle James Williams, his dad Ralph Williams, John Merritt, and D. T. Williams. He said they sold Kelvinator, Philco and Zenith. It is interesting to see the inside of the store. Philip says the building now houses Hoffman Architecture. I wonder if that tin ceiling tile is still up there. I seem to remember that the Williams family started the Williams Addition Subdivision in Searcy and it has a street named Merritt so perhaps the John Merritt shown in the photo also had a hand in planning the subdivision. No doubt Philip can tell us!! He is now one of our best historians. Thanks, Philip!