On the Fourth of July, the Mashek Tailors & Cleaners sign was pulled down from 916 Mainstreet in Hopkins in five panel sections and given to Jerry Mashek’s godson Peter Hance, the owner of the local Ace Hardware, according to Hopkins resident and 916 Mainstreet owner Sam Stiele. When that sign was removed, navy blue pain chips fell onto the sidewalk and revealed an orange and blue Rexall Smetana’s drug sign. Stiele reviewed building files provided by the city and saw a $1 signage permit was paid for on Sept. 27, 1957 by Smetana Drug. Jennifer Smetana, great granddaughter of the original builder of the building, noticed the sign on Facebook and contacted Stiele to arrange a time to come down during the Raspberry Festival to take pictures and share documents about the building’s history. According to Stiele, the Smetana sign was removed on July 19. “It would be great to remove all the remaining single panel glass and frame system and prepare the opening for a new business, making the building back to as close to original as possible,” Stiele wrote in an email.

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