This building was constructed and opened as The Little Gem Restaurant in the early 1920s, as I understand it. That not only was nearly half-century before I moved to this community, it was also a number of years before I was born.
During my years here, it has operated as a sandwich shop, a soda fountain and ice cream store, under different proprietorships, and most recently as a beauty salon. It is currently vacant.
The larger properties visible behind the little store and the Gem itself are apparently on the market. Many people, myself included, hope that whoever acquires the property will preserve the landmark building.
Here is the "news" aspect of this report. The City of Tipton is currently occupying temporary headquarters as City Hall since the demolition of the previous municipal home. The city council is considering purchase of this property for use as City Hall and municipal utilities offices. It has been suggested that should they do this, The Little Gem might well be preserved! Now there is a reason for me to support this move by our leaders!