The Fair Store
In the early 1900′s two young Lithuanian/Russian teenage boys made their way across Europe and the Atlantic Ocean and landed on Ellis Island, New York, the gateway for most European immigrants. They stayed in New York City under the care and guidance of an Aunt and Uncle. Morris and Ben Glickman learned their street smarts in the biggest city in the world! After their “apprenticeship”, they moved to Savannah, Georgia, where Morris met and married Dora Rice. They had 3 children, one of which was Herbert “Hymie” Glickman.
In 1925 Morris found a store for sale in Perry, Florida and subsequently bought it; The Fair Store was born. During this same period, Ben opened a store in nearby Mayo, Florida. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, Morris passed away seven years later from an infection in his feet. The Great Depression had begun and life was hard, especially for a young widow with three young children. Ben closed his store in Mayo, moved to Perry to run The Fair Store and ultimately married his brother’s wife. It was a good union and the beginning of a legacy that continues today.
Ben ran the store for thirty years before handing it over to his “son”, Hymie in the 1960′s. During that time, Ben developed a reputation as a kind, generous lovable character of the downtown community. Hymie continued to develop and nurture that reputation when he joined his “father” in the late 1940′s after his service to our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Hymie and his wife, Louise, firmly established themselves as a pillar of the Perry/Taylor County community with The Fair Store as the anchor of downtown Perry. The store was briefly run by Hymie’s son Marty in the late 1990′s before his passing in 2001. Our beloved Hymie continued to open and work in the store every day until a stroke in November 2009 ended his career at The Fair Store. Until that moment and during the final years, he reveled in telling stories of times gone by with old friends and new ones, anxious to get a glimpse of history in small town America. Hymie and his “dad” were truly Icons in this region and have been missed by all. They were both one of a kind!
Today the store is owned by Hymie’s daughter, Marsha Doll, modeling agent and scout, who, herself worked in the store as a teenager with her mother, Louise, as a buyer. Hymie was extremely proud of Marsha, who, by his own admission, was much more successful than anyone in the family!! Since 2001, the store has been run by Marsha’s husband Dean Faulkenberry, who takes great pride in continuing the family tradition.
The Fair Store is the “last of the Mohicans”, as Hymie fondly described it. It is an “old time” department store that carries top quality clothing, shoes and boots for men, women and children at reasonable prices. From Carhartt and Levi’s, to Nike, Crocs, Redwing and Timberland, just to mention a few brand names, The Fair Store has something for everyone in a traditional setting.