Corner Drug Store Harbor Beach – Pioneering & Adapting to the Times For 140 Years

This interesting shot showing The Corner Drug Store Harbor Beach is estimated to be from about 1910. It shows a steam tractor towing a wagon and another team following behind. Originally I wanted to focus on the tractor. I still don’t know what the make is, but I suspect it may have been a Case.

Tractor in Front of Harbor Beach Corner Drug and Jewelry Store
Tractor and Team in Front of The Corner Drug & Jewelry Store Harbor Beach, MI

My focus changed when I looked at the photo further. The picture was taken in front of the Corner Drug and Jewelry Store. It turns out that this store has been featured in many photographs and postcards over the years.

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The Corner Drug and Jewelry Store Postcard – c1930s

The Corner Store is an icon for Harbor Beach. Its been the focal point of the city’s business on the main street and is featured in the city promotional brochures. According to the book, Traveling Michigan’s Thumb, the building was constructed by Robert W. Irwin in 1883. Less than ten years later, it became the Charles Pettit Drug and Optical Store.

Harbor Beach Corner Drug Store From Flickr

The Corner Drug and Jewelry Store, Harbor Beach, Michigan.

The Corner Store From Nearby

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Photo of the Corner Store and Hotel – circa1950s – Source unknown
Harbor Beach Corner Store 1900s
Early 1900s Postcard Shot of the Corner Store – Note dirt streets

Corner Drug Store Harbor Beach Newspaper Ad December 1921

Corner Store Ad 1921
From the Harbor Beach Times – 1921

The Corner Drug and Jewelry Store Today

This iconic Corner Drug Store Harbor Beach store continues today as a unique retailer with a wide range of products. The Corner Store in Harbor Beach offers CDs, posters, memorabilia, magazines, and entertainment collectibles. It also has a selection of vintage, collectible books focusing on Michigan and the Thumb region.

The Corner Store is notable because it’s the Upper Thumb’s only true record store. It has thousands of vintage vinal records from the owner, Mike Busick’s collection. The store’s neat feature is its 70 wooden drawers built into the wall from when it was a drug store. These now hold a large variety of collectibles. Bustick encourages customers to look through the store and open and skim through the drawers.


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