Fresh off of a store renovation, Ben’s Five and Dime hosted a special two-day open house at the store in order to celebrate changes within the business. The open-house took place on both Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 and welcomed both new and previous customers with baked treats and door prizes.


The open house lasted from 9-7 p.m. on Friday and 9-5 on Saturday. Those in attendance were able to choose between different baked goods and treats, as well as mini-donuts on Saturday.


“We did all local bakers [for the open house],” said Jan Pattee, Co-Owner of Ben’s Five & Dime. “Stokely Lumber, Alice’s Haus Dresin Ltd., and Perry Paint were our sources for wood, carpet and paint, so that’s kind of our theme.”


The reorganization of the store will allow customers to obtain easier access to fabric which was previously housed in the store’s basement.


“Some found it difficult to come into the basement,” said Jan Pattee, Co-Owner of Ben’s Five & Dime.


The connected frame shop was also revamped and rearranged in order to avoid a cluster within the store.


“There was just two aisles down the center, now if you go in there, you can see the short diagonal aisles make it more visible,” Pattee said.


Pattee expressed gratitude to their staff, consisting of 7 high school students and 5 adult women who helped put the store together over the past few months.


“Our staff just worked so hard and I don’t think i can ever thank them enough,” Pattee said.


The last renovation for the store was in 1990 when Ben’s Five & Dime received awnings outside.


“I think we are both the type of people that, whether it does or not, we feel like if you own something you should do your best to keep it vibrant and clean and updated,” Pattee described.


The renovation took around four to five months and the couple wished to bring continued light back into the store by showing customers their dedication to the town of Perry.


“I think the main thing he [Jay Pattee] wanted to have a thrust for is that we are recommitting,” Pattee said. ‘It shows the town that we are recommitting our strength and resource to serve them and to continue to serve them.”