HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When Susan Day, Owner of Flucy Lucy Antique Market on the corner of Clinton Avenue and Governors Drive acquired all the contents of a general merchandise store, she gave Huntsville History lovers a chance to step back in time.
The entire contents of J.C. Brown General Merchandise at 2400 Triana Blvd. are for sale from the floors to the ceiling – literally. All the merchandise and fixtures including the original heart of pine flooring and the antique tin ceiling tiles are to be sold.
Founded by Jess Charles Brown in 1898, the store has been closed since the mid 1990s when the owner at the time, William Albert Brown, died.
The contents of the store were recently purchased by Susan & Harry Day who own the Flucy Lucy Antique Market. They plan to sell all the store’s merchandise and fixtures beginning Thursday, June 4 from 2 until 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday June 5 & 6 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“Well, I’m just looking to make some pictures and for the nostalgic side of it; not particularly to buy anything. And my whole family grew up right here in west Huntsville, so my grandparents and everything live right here on 9th avenue,” said Huntsville Native Robert Blocker.
“We’ve been in here every day for almost 6 weeks and every time we come in here we find something else that we’ve never seen before and everything is a piece of history; everything has a story to tell,” Day explains.
“I had an uncle who worked here, his name was Elmus Landers,” said Huntsvillian Brenda Curtis. “And I remember coming here in the late 50’s and, it’s silly, but one of my memories is watching him cut up the meat and how he would roll it and wrap it in that white paper — that has stuck in my mind.”
Susan Day says once all the building contents are sold, owner Thomas Thomison plans to turn the old general store into a restaurant, so stay tuned for more details on that development.