DEWEESE — Then: In 1914, 30 years after he immigrated as a baby with his family from Czechoslovakia to Deweese, Enos Vap built what became known as the Enos Vap Implement & Hardware Store.
The store sold everything from farm equipment to cream.
In the 1930s, he purchased a liquor store across the street from the implement building, and allowed other businesses to conjoin with the original building. A shoe shop, cafe and ice cream parlor all took up space in his building until his death in 1947.
Now: Tim and Carol O’Keeffe of Hastings had long been enamored with the Vap building, driving by and looking in the windows while visiting friends and family in the Deweese area. So 99 years after it was built, the O’Keeffes purchased Enos Vap’s place of business as a location to relax with their five children.