103 West Liberty Street, a building that is an icon for the history of Local Businesses in Medina. This Building has held businesses from grocery stores to bars and currently a coffee shop.
This plot of land has even been used by Medina since the very beggining. The first resident on the Medina Square was Captain Badger. He built a two-story log cabin on the location that is presently Cool Beans Cafe, the focus of this exhibit. The cabin served as a tavern and his home on the first story and a court room on the second story. Captain Badger also helped name the streets that surrounded the square in 1819, during the first Fourth of July celebration.
Business and residential buildings quickly sprang up around the tavern and park in the center of the square. Along with the development of the rest of the square helped turn the Cool Beans building into a mercantile business.This business was part of the fire in 1877, where it burnt down.
The store that followed the mercantile businesses was Medina Supply store. This was during the early 1920's and can also symbolize the roaring twenties. This shows how the square was the focal point of the town and many people had extra money to spend at stores like this one.
By the 1930's, the great depression brought less need for luxury and more need for necessity. This caused the transition from Medina Supply to Standard Drug. This store was also known for their soda fountain and sweets which caused it to last so long.
With new ownership in the brought Revco, Revco symbolized Medina's attempt at modernizing the square. Revco put plastic paneling all around the outside of the building. Around the same time the CDC was making its push for the buildings to be historical buildings, which it would later win.
The final establishment before it became Cool Beans is the Arabica, which came about in the late 1980s. This was a coffee house and was known for its fantastic atmosphere. This business shows the growth of Medina at the time. There were less need for convenient stores or grocery stores on the square because of the growth north of the square.
When looking at the history of the Cool Beans building, one can see that not only was it a link to the history of Medina but also the history and economics of the United States itself.