Thursday, Main Street Toccoa unveiled a historic plaque at [ash-ling] Booksellers on Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa.
The building was built around 1920 and has been home to many things.
Main Street Toccoa’s Kembra Landry said it housed Grooh’s Department Store in the 1940s.
“After Grooh’s in 1950, John and Hazel Mullinax opened Gem Jewelry Company of Toccoa,” said Landry. “John was an active member of the Toccoa community and served on the committee for re-structuring downtown Toccoa. Later, Mr. Mullinax sold the business and building to his son, Johnny, who changed the name to Mullinax Jewelers. In the early 1990’s, the building survived a small fire, which distributed the small intercom system that was installed for the downtown canopy system in the 1970’s.”
The plaque is one of a series that have been unveiled in downtown Toccoa over the past couple of years.
Eventually, Main Street officials have said they want to create a walking tour and podcast to highlight the historic buildings.