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Fred’s Museum on Historic Route 66

The corner store was built in 1923 by Amos T. Veverka and is a significant asset representing the historic context of commerce and the automobile from 1908 – 1967.

The property has more or less been a functioning corner market and store from the beginning. The property has changed hands several times over the years. Circa 2010, The Market Grill opened and launched a successful gourmet burger and sandwich shop in conjunction with El Mercadito market. With increasing costs and rent, both businesses closed by 2017 and the property was listed for sale or lease.

The Bowden Family created a vision to repurpose the historical building to honor the legacy of Fred E. Bowden and his passion for classic cars. The property was purchased in July of 2018. The vision would include creating an automobile museum to showcase the classic car collection and would include a mock 50’s soda shop that can be leased for special events such as birthday parties, car shows, civic club gatherings, etc.

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