The Treasure Mart
I Spy: March 2020
by Sally Bjork
From the April, 2020 issue
"Sob! The I Spy photo for March is of Treasure Mart," writes Sara Kitzsteiner. "We'll miss it so much when it's sold." It's been "a real 'treasure' ... all these years," says Christine Alexander. "The Treasure Mart [was] opened in 1960 by Demaris Cash," writes Susan Wineberg. "Her daughter Elaine Johns and her husband [Carl] have run it for decades."
"Who can forget all those lazy Saturday mornings strolling down the block from Zingerman's ... [then] spending the entire morning at the Mart," says David Karl. From a chest of drawers purchased for a first house to a wooden barstool with Naugahyde seat used daily for thirty years, readers recalled many treasured purchases at the Mart. "When I learned that [they] were planning to sell, I was a little sad, but hopeful," writes Karl. With some "luck, the tradition may continue." Dan Romanchik says "my wife did a little research and that masonry crack [in the photo] has also been there since 1960." First occupied by Miller's Planing Mill, the building was built in 1869. "These mills dotted Detroit Street and Kerrytown," writes Wineberg.
Twenty-five people entered our contest; all correctly identified the Treasure Mart. Our random drawing winner, Riita Huff of Ann Arbor, will enjoy her $25 gift certificate at Zingerman's.
To enter this month's contest, use the image and clue above and send your answer to the address at the bottom of the Back Page.
[Originally published in April, 2020.]
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