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Main Street River Falls: Windows opened to the past

The building that sits on the corner of Main and West Maple streets was built in 1948 and housed Moody’s Chevrolet and Buick. Shown standing in this early 1950’s photo is original Moody’s owner, Harry Moody; in the window is Harry’s son Bob Moody. The building now houses a multitude of different businesses including Riverwalk Arts and Antiques, Little New York and Flashback Film and Video Transfer.)

Today’s popular construction trend is returning older buildings to their original state.

That’s exactly what building owners Dan and Pat Nistler are doing at 127 N. Main St.

The Nistlers said the remodel, started in mid-December, includes removing the brick and opening up the original windows, new store front, new flooring and wall coverings.

They think renovation will be finished by mid-February and that at least one retail space will be available March 1.

The building that sits on the corner of Main and West Maple streets was built in 1948 by Harry Moody. During that time it housed Moody Chevrolet and Buick.

Moody’s grandson Mike Moody said that the car dealership was originally in the building that now houses Second Chances and that the spot that is being remodeled was just a slab.

Moody said there was storage and a body shop in the basement and that the main floor was used for the service department, parts department and showroom.

He added that there was another level above the main floor that was used for storage. Moody said there was an outside door, above the front doors, that was used to access this space.

According to Moody the dealership’s car lot was located across the Kinnickinnic River by Clark Street.

After Moody’s moved to 590 S. Wasson Lane, the building housed a liquor store and the Hallmark/ Ben Franklin store.

In late 2007 the building was changed into a multi-tenant that featured Little New York owned by Kristi Straub and Flashback Film and Video Transfer owned by Jason Schrank.

In July 2011, the Nistler-owned Riverwalk Art and Antiques opened.

Since that time the antique shop has expanded a number of times and now takes up the entire basement, as well as having a storefront on the main level.

In November 2013, the Nistlers bought the building from Kent Forsland, with the intent of restoring the views of the Kinnickinnic River.

They said that their intention was to open up the three large windows on the Riverwalk side.

For the complete story, please see the Feb. 6 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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