April 17, 2016

Part of the mystery of Floyd Ames, the Bachmann's brick signer, has been solved. In 1908 he autographed and dated one of our exterior bricks. Almost 108 years ago to the day, I can tell you a little more about this person.

First, I must let you know I love history and f...

April 11, 2016


It's amazing how you can look at something a thousand times without noticing the details. All it takes is someone to point it out, and everything changes.

Recently, my EMU professor, Dr. Ligibel, was checking out the exterior bricks of the old Bachmann's building.  "Wh...

March 19, 2016

The answer? TEN!

Bachmann's Store was honored recently by a visit from Eastern Michigan University's Historic Preservation students and their instructor, Dr. Ted Ligibel. He's the tall guy in the picture. I'm the itty-bitty face way in the back.

Students in this program...

March 3, 2016

 We found this Easter advertisement in  a  Central Lake Torch from 1952 and thought you might enjoy it. I love the list of Easter supplies--probably because we still carry the same things today...except for "fruit and nut eggs." I don't really know what those are, and...

February 20, 2016

Oh, how I love looking at old pictures of Bachmann's Store! I found this little beauty in a cigar box tucked in the back of our old filing cabinet. And, of course, I had to share it with you. Maybe together we can figure out some of the mysteries this vintage image pre...

February 13, 2016

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and today our Michigan temperature is eight degrees below zero. To thaw my mind, I started thinking about why Bachmann's Store and Central Lake have been together for so many years. There's a reason why Paul and Winnie Bachmann decided in 1...

February 10, 2016

Bachmann's Store prides itself in being the place where you can find exactly what you need, especially after you've looked around the world with no luck. We like to say, "If we don't have it, you don't need it!" 

On a recent busy Saturday, a customer asked if we ha...

February 6, 2016

Oh, if I had a dime for every time I hear that question...I would keep them all in my bank vault! Yes, half of Bachmann's Store was a bank from 1897, or so, until 1933. What was once the bank vault is now my office. It's surrounded by twenty-four inches of concrete and...

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