The Cent-Wise retail dynasty is very evident in this aerial photo taken during a 1960s-era parade in Redmond. The original business, the drugstore, is located in the center, facing Sixth Street with an iconic neon sign that still hangs on the building. The parking lot in the rear of the drugstore was the former location of the Bargain Barn, as the family called the sporting goods store in its early years. Eventually the Barn was torn down to make way for the parking lot and sporting goods was moved into a new brick building just to the north, where it still stands. Cent-Wise Hardware was right behind the sporting goods building, on the corner of Fifth and Deschutes. The furniture store was directly across Evergreeen Avenue from the parking lot, in the photos foreground.
Today there is a western wing attached to the sporting goods store where its rental equipment is stored. Submitted photo
Partick's Bargain Barn, in its early 1960s location at the corner of Evergreen and Sixth, was genesis of what would become Cent-Wise Sporting Goods. Submitted photo
Vernon Patrick early in his career as pharmicist and owner of Cent-Wise Drugs. Submitted photo
Madeline Patrick and her son Mike in Cent-Wise Drugs, which closed in 1992. At one time or another, all the Patrick family worked there. Submitted photo
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CentWise Hardware in downtown Redmond is closing after 60 years in business. ORIG 04/09/2014 Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin