In Restoration Area:
Will Open Tomorrow:
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By ANNE CARLING installation of a store interior..,
-- Th. dStaff kWriter I found. in Mexico and brought to.
.The ays o pickles on stk, St. Augustine for the Benet,
Olives by the scoop and penny Sbuildingsi
,candies will return to north St. uildin g.
George Street tomorrow with When a customer makes a
the opening of the reconstructed purchase, his items will be ,
*Benet Store. weighed on old-time scales-in-
The owners of this store, eluding a gram scales and a
which dates back to the early large one hung just over the
;1800s, won't be the same, but its store counter. As a further con-
stock will be very similar to venience, customers will be able
'those items sold by its original to mail their purchases at the
owners, descendents ot the Es- store. An old-time postage scales
'tevan Beneto family, will be used for this service. .
"We've located from import- Additional store display items
ers merchandise that would (not for sale) will be yard
.have been sold in a store of this goods, thimbles, thread, lace and
,type," explains Mrs.. Rita 0'. ribbons articles which would
Brien, program assistant for have been sold in an all-purpose
the St. Augustine Restoration store like this, explain Brewer
and Preservation Commission, and Mrs. O'Brien.
the group which has recon- Added saleable items will be
structed the Benet store on the all those articles made in the
corner of Cuna and St. George restoration craft shops, includ-
streets. The majority of the ing bake goods.
items sold will be imported When a customer 'makes a
from Spain, Mrs. O'Brien says. purchase, it will be packaged in.
-.-...- . a brown bag, imprinted with
i "Chorizo," (sausage), Spanish "Benet Store." The' bags are,
: candies, olive oil, genuine saf-. printed just across the'street on'
'fron black olives packed in an old-time press. The restora-
olive oil, Spanish rice dinners, tion commission is now in the
black bean soup, cooking wines, process of getting its trademark
cheese and stuffed squid are just registered, says Brewer, and as
*some of the imported items that soon as this is completed, the'
will be sold. trademark will be added.
Potatoes and onions, stored Unique Project
in huge barrels, molasses, Reconstruction of the Benet'
'honey, pigs feet on a stick, -Store was a unique project for'
pickles on a stick, chewing to- the restoration commission, be-,
bacco and penny candies will cause they had an opportunityV
"also be available, to obtain first-hand information,
In the near future it is hoped from two daughters of the I
that home-canned fruits and store's last owner, Joseph Ra-
vegetables will be available, re- vina Benet. Miss Mary Carmen
port Mrs. O'Brien and Bradley Benet and Mrs. Rena Haas, who.
Brewer, restoration assistant di- -live just around, the corner- on
.rector. 'Cuna Street, assisted by recall-'
Sausages hanging from ex- 'ing their very early childhood.'
,posed beams (for display pur- *Miss Carmen did most of the
poses only), barrels and crocks .recalling, .however, since Mrs.
'filled with potatoes, onions and -Haas was born after her. par,
"dried beans help create the old- ents moved to North City.
time store atmosphere, which is Miss Benet's recollections, were
.made even mAore effective by the :!most helpful for reconstruction:
.... of the' store's interior, since she
remembered exposed beams and:
wide-planked floors, from which
lanterns, pots, pans, rope and
harnesses were hung. She also
remembered. seeing yardage fmt-
:terials, sewing goods and hard-;
ware and seeds, which were
*added to the regular. stock of-
:food. items; .- "- .*. o
SMiss Benet and 'Mrs. Haaa
also assisted the restoration by.'
providing a number of photos,
which were followed as closely;
as possible in reconstruction.'
The store is the second Benet
building to be rebuilt on St.
'George .Street. The family home.
has been reconstructed .just'
across the street on the south-
east corner of Cuna and 'St.
The store, like other restorae-
tion craft shops ard museums,
will be open from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. daily, but all restoration
buildings will be closed Christ-
na day. ,'
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