Frankenmuth in Saginaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rau's Country Store Recalls Bygone Era
And when it also was fair exchange for a yard or so of licorice strip or a Valentine with lace edges for "Her" — the one with a ribbon on one side of her tawny hair.
You maybe got the extra pennies to rattle against the jackknife in your pants pocket by going to the store for a gallon of kerosene or a quart of vinegar
Rau's Country Store opened in May 1964 by Oscar F. Rau and his son William G. It is decorated and equipped with not-for sale antiques like these in grocery and general stores of 50 years ago.
It specializes in the sale of imported spices, candy, jams and jellies and fancy groceries in the gourmet food category. It also has a complete line of oldstyle penny candy a la licorice strips and drops, "jaw breakers," butterscotch squares and coconut candy.
Permanently displayed are two barrels of dill and Kosher dill pickels. Lift their wooden lids and the aroma is as delightfully special as the price of the pickles. They sell for 15 cents each, two for a quarter. What's more, they're worth it if you're a connoisseur of pickles and had a grandma who always had a row of them in quart jars on the pantry shelf.
The store is quite an attraction for Frankenmuth visitors. After dinner many stroll down Main Street and stop in at the place which looks like an old-time country general store even from the outside.
The store has a guest register list. It bears the names and
Written comments about the store use words like "delightful," "charming" and "unforgettable." One German visitor merely wrote after his name, "ach!," which anyone with a name like Rau would know instantly was high compliment.
The Saginaw News Sunday, January 30, 1966
Image caption: Oscar F. Rau (left), and his son William G. Rau pose as checker players, in Rau's Country Store.
From the well-worn floor boards to the scent of the old-fashioned pickel barrel Rau's Country Store, Inc. remains one of Frankenmuth's most popular retail establishments.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is January 30, 1966.
Location. 43° 19.652′ N, 83° 44.425′ W. Marker is in Frankenmuth, Michigan, in Saginaw CountyTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 655 South Main Street, Frankenmuth MI 48734, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zehnder’s (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn (about 400 feet away); Michigan's German Settlers (about 400 feet away); Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant (about 400 feet away); Frankenmuth Woolen Mill (about 600 feet away); Michigan's Oldest Woolen Mill (about 600 feet away); Marv Herzog Fest Platz (approx. 0.3 miles away); Star of the West Milling Company (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankenmuth.
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