B. H. Dyer & Company, a hardware, housewares, and paint store and one of the last surviving old-line businesses, expired three years shy of the 21st century. “Gone are the long, cool aisles where a little of this and a box of that provided almost anything you might need in the way of hardware,” Sue Harrison wrote in a 1997 eulogy in The Banner, speaking of this mid-19th-century building. Benjamin Huldah Dyer, the founder, was succeeded by George Fillmore Miller, then George Fillmore Miller Jr., then Mary Henrique. The “Dyer” name remains on the monumental streetfront pediment but the tenants in recent years have been Forbidden Fruit, a housewares boutique, and Ptown Spin, a well-stocked record and CD store (pictured), whose presence is audible.
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