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Sometimes, in life, what’s old becomes new again; at least such may be the case when enough time has passed. A former staple storefront that lay dormant for many years is now once again open for business. The variety store known as Eri’s V&S recently reopened its doors under the ownership and management of Lakeview couple Ken and Kay Wagner. The couple said that the store reopened on Thursday, March 1. Eri’s V&S is a familiar sight for anyone that wanders down North E Street in downtown Lakeview, as the ‘60s era stylized signage has weathered decade upon decade through multiple Lake County seasons. Like the mighty mythical Phoenix rising from the ashes, the store marks the latest reactivated storefront in the downtown Lakeview area. The store opened originally in June 1964, when Betty Eri and her late husband, Wally, bought the former Sprouse Reitz store and proffered a new name. For nearly four decades, the couple ran the variety store as a mainstay in the downtown area, ultimately turning over the store’s operation to daughter Kay and her husband Ken in 2000. Kay said that the duo operated the store before permanently closing it in 2002. While both lived in Lakeview, they worked as truck drivers and were frequently out of the area. Ultimately, they returned home on a permanent basis to care for Betty and Wally, Kay’s parents. Kay said that the idea to reopen the store germinated following a number of requests from folks interested in renting the storefront. Ultimately, the decision was made to reopen the store and provide one more shopping option to local residents, she said. “A lot of people approached us in the community,” she said. “We just decided to give it a try, and put in something that would support the community a little bit.” The store is truly old-school variety in its inventory, featuring items ranging from toys to household items, party supplies and craft items, Kay said. Snack items will be available, ranging from cold beverages to sandwiches, donuts and more. The store’s original floor space has been reduced with facades at the rear in an effort to keep heating costs nominal. As the store’s inventory needs grow, so will the afforded room in the store, Ken said. “Even though we’ve shortened the store down, we’ve increased the inventory space,” he said, noting that higher shelving and display fixtures afford more product in reduced space. “We hope to keep prices as low as we can.” Business hours haven’t been fully defined yet, but the store opens at 10 a.m. Eri’s V&S is located at 18 N. E St. And to further prove that some things never change, the store’s phone number, (541) 947-3288, is the same set of digits assigned back in 1964. For more information, give the Wagners a call.

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