219 & 221 South Main
stores for a nickel.
After Henry retired, the building remained in his family but fell into disrepair. In the early 80's Henry's granddaughter, Ellen Canova, and her husband, Frank, did extensive work on the building, restoring it in a historically accurate style. Their labor of love saved the building from almost certain demolition and also fulfilled Ellen's dream of becoming a 'Nickel Blocker' when she opened the Nickel Block Deli in 1983.
A St. Louis couple, Donald and Karen Lamberti, visited the deli and fell in love with the charming building. They purchased the north half of the building from the Canova's in May 1987 and the south half from the Quernheim's in November of the same year, making it the first time in 57 years that both halves were owned by a single entity. They operated Lamberti's Italian Restaurant for 8 years before selling to Robert and Barbara Schlegel in 1995. The Schlegel's opened the Courthouse Espresso Café. Ten years later they sold the business to Jim and Darla Baker who continued to operate the café.
In May of 2011 Jay and Lisa Jones and partners, Jim and Pam Waltmann, purchased the building. They closed the café and spent six months renovating the building before opening Bean Tree Café. The Jones' bought out the Waltmann's in 2015 and continue to own and operate Bean Tree Café.
Researched by Gibault Students Emilia Kueker, Abby Mueller, Veronica Southworth & Brock Vonderheide
Placed by the Waterloo Beautification Committee - 2018