Judy Patterson opened Paddington Station with her family in 1973. The original address of store was 268 E Main Street- where the Music Coop is currently located!
On June 1st of 1976, Judy and her family moved Paddington to its new location with far more space- the J.P. Dodge and Son’s Building at 125 E. Main Street, where it has remained ever since.
Judy’s son Jeff has the following fond memory of the relocation:
I [still] remember when my parents told us boys they found a new spot for the shop. My dad got into real estate in the area once mom started up the shop, since they would no longer be ranchers. [But] …The first walk through the big empty former furniture store was fun as a young boy. We ran up the old ramp to the upstairs. And down. And back up. And to discover old “display model” headstones in the basement meant this was the place of adventure! Once you take a look at the old shop space and imagine how was that supposed to fill up the large building? That is why we sold furniture upstairs for a while because it took up space!
Two weeks before the move, there was a big sale on many of their most popular store items and brands. The ad boasts Beatrix Potter books for $2.00, a 5-pc. set from the Pfaltzgraff museum collection for $12.95, 1/2 price off on Holly Hobby items, and Betsy Ross flag kits for $5.00 to name a few.
Do you recognize any of the names or brands on this ad? Do you remember this big move? And how cute is this hand-drawn art with Paddington the bear and the signature train leaving the old station to head for the new?!