Wow, what a staple within the community for decades.
The owners during my growing up years were Joe and Helen Sandfoss (pictured above 3rd & 4th from left), tremendous people in all ways possible.
Our bait was the prizes awarded for the varying levels of dollars sales.All sales were recorded on a single order form that I can still vividly remember, black print on a canary yellow paper.There is a barn only a few feet away from the stonehouse that held the bulk size items.Later approximately ten feet was removed from the length of the barn on the highway side to allow for additional parking.From the highway to the front of the stonehouse measures only about twenty feet and that space was filled with the width of a car to be gassed up, the gas pumps and a narrow sidewalk leading into the store.
The store, together with Reitman Garage and the local taverns were our congested areas, if you might call them that.It was a much anticipated event on the day that the orders arrived accompanied by our prizes, not any different from the excitement when Ralphie’s Dad, in the movie Christmas Story, received his “Leg Lamp” as the grand prize in a contest he had entered.Boxes and boxes of seeds and prizes needed to be sorted through. They were all glorious offerings and some more glorious than others. Many of the awards were religious items, that is, crosses, crucifixes, statues, rosaries, etc.The stonehouse, located only a few feet removed from the Four Mile Road pavement, served as both the grocery store and residence for the Sandfoss family of four.The residence was part of the first floor and all of the second and yet the entire building is not that large.It is 5” tall, plastic, in excellent condition and has retained its color, something to be said for plastic.