Deans Store has been a mainstay on Main Street for 111 years and has served as Woodstocks Visitors Center since 2001. The store belonged to Alice Felton, daughter and granddaughter of the stores founders. Mrs. Felton passed away January 20th, and her estate offered the opportunity to purchase the property to the DDA and CVB.
Deans Store opened in April 1906. A local physician, Dr. William Dean, and his eldest son, Linton, who had recently graduated from business school in Atlanta, intended to operate a doctors office and pharmacy at the prime location on Main Street. Unfortunately, Dr. Dean passed away in the stores first year, so Linton turned the store into a drug store and general store.
The store was the home of the areas first Coca-Cola fountain. It also served as a Trailways bus station, a service that was discontinued in 1975. At different times, the store served as the collection agency for telephone, electricity and water, in addition to some City services such as payment of taxes and applications for business licenses. Due in part to the soda fountain and the abundance of Coca-Cola products, and even more so to Mr. Deans welcoming spirit, Deans Store has served as a meeting place for decades. Woodstocks retired gentlemen have gathered in the store throughout its history.
The DDA will be investing in updates to the store that will keep its historic charm intact while improving the function of the space. Staff is currently planning to refine the historical displays, bringing the generosity and spirit of the Dean family to life and highlighting the vital history of retail in Woodstocks charming downtown. For more information, visit VisitWoodstockGa.com.