Sisters Wendy Neckers and Valerie Beckerink, both in their 50s, grew up near Corry, Pennsylvania. As children, they remember making the 10-mile pilgrimage to downtown.
“I rode my horse to the Dairy Queen,” Beckerink said. “You don’t live in the country and not have a horse.”
She also remembers her grandmother’s trips.
“She used to buy us parakeets and canaries. She would buy each one of us girls one, and we would love them until they passed away,” she recalled.
To a child, downtown Corry felt big and magical. But, really, it stretches only a few blocks. And like so many main streets in so many small, rural towns, Corry’s downtown has lost a lot of its magic.
The sisters and a few other small business owners have been trying to turn that around.
Along Center Street, there’s a trendy shop for home décor, a children’s clothing boutique and the Painted Finch Gallery. Neckers opened the gallery, which is filled with paintings, photographs, pottery and jewelry, two years ago…