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By Peggy Woodard
For The Sentinel 

Covid-19 is more Grist for the Mill

The Grist Mill remains open with some creative tweaking to their process


April 22, 2020

Peggy Woodard

NOT JUST MILLING AROUND: Ardy and Willard Cordis have been keeping their long-established store The Grist Mill open during the pandemic, as one of the state's designated essential business types. They've had to adapt to the strange circumstances of the times.

In 1985, Isabel and Harley Cordis opened The Grist Mill on East Broadway; then in 1994 they moved the business to East Main Street next to the Senior Center. It burned to the ground in March 1995, and they decided not to re-open due to Isabel being in her 80s. Community members begged her to start again, and when they got a call from the mayor saying he would give them a low-cost loan, they relented. After searching for a location, they settled on purchasing the former Realto Tavern on West Main Street, did a complete renovation, and opened for business again in September 1995.

Isabel and Harley have since passed away and left The Grist Mill to their son, Willard, and his wife, Ardy, who...

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