Five & dime store turns 75 in Caddo

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

CADDO, OK -- A Caddo business is celebrating 75 years of having its doors open, but for those who stop in to shop at this unique store, it's more than just a place to spend their money. Maddie Garrett has more.

Craigheads Five and Dime is a little piece of history in the heart of Caddo, and they must be doing something right after staying in business for 75 years now.

For anyone who drops in, they'll tell you it's not just the great values that keep them running.

From the minute you walk through the door of Craigheads Five & Dime, a friendly greeting isn't all you'll get.

"It has a variety of merchandise that appeals to a lot of different people, but I think the nostalgic part of it mostly, it's just something people can relate back to their childhood," owner Belinda Davidson says.

For 75 years Craigheads Five and Dime has been a familiar staple on Caddo's main drag. Agnes Niswonger, who was born and raised in Caddo, has been a faithful customer since they opened.

"Just coming through and being born here, they've got to come to Craigheads, and they come back their memories are of Craigheads," Agnes says.

Owner Belinda Davison feels the nostalgia makes her old store a special place to stop by. Vintage toys and collectibles from the World War II era are just a few of the treasures tucked away in Craigheads.

From their original vintage merchandise to new holiday trinkets, Craigheads has seen generations of customers come and go, but one thing that hasn't changed is their family values and good customer service.

"I love to come in and see them, each and every one of them, the family just works together on this, and she has worked so hard, for years for the town for the betterment," Agnes says.

Belinda and her husband bought the clerk store from the Craigheads seven years ago, but it's been a part of her all her life.

"I have a special Craigheads story, and I kind of collect them different people who come in will tell their Craigheads story," she says.

The original 100-year-old floor, ceiling and counter tops are still in place, and if these walls could talk, it would be a timeless story that rests in the hearts of those who stop in.

"It is a personal connection that people have with the store. They connect to the store in a way that's different than your normal way of going out to shop," Davidson says.

"It's reliving a memory and creating a new one."

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  • by Kathy Location: Durant, OK on Dec 10, 2010 at 02:07 PM
    A visit to this store is like stepping back into a time when people cared about each other and took pride in what they did. Belinda and Gary have revived a beautiful piece of Caddo's past. Besides being a great experience, they have some beautiful and unique items for sale - including the world's best Peanut Brittle!
  • by Lori Location: Portland, OR on Jul 13, 2010 at 01:42 PM
    I lived in Caddo when I was a little girl, and we moved away when I was about 4 years old. My grandmother still lives outside of Caddo. We visited her often, and nearly every trip included a visit or two to Craigheads to get "a little something to remember the trip by." Oh how I loved visiting the store! The owners were so nice, and we always so happy to see me and my siblings again, they would always give us little extras...a piece of candy or a key ring. I love thinking about those visits! I was able to take my kids for a visit to my grandmother recently and I knew that we absolutely had to stop at Craigheads! I was so delighted to see that the place is EXACTLY as I remember it, right down to the smell of the linens in the back area. It was wonderful to show my kids a place that I frequented as a child, and have it be such a similar experience for them as it was for me. For them it was a way of actually touching their roots, a concrete experience of family history! Amazing!
  • by Glenn Location: Oxnard, CA on Dec 19, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    My great-grandmother and great-grandfather opened Craigheads. Thanks, Belinda, for making it beautiful again.
  • by Mary Location: Anaheim CA on Dec 11, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    My Granddad used to own the Caddo Herald in Caddo and my Mother was born and raised there. I remember visiting Craighead's on our visits back to see my grandparents. It is truly unique. We always make a point to stop in there even now.
  • by Kenya Location: Durant on Dec 7, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    Congratulations Belinda and Gary you guys have done a wonderful job with that store
  • by Nelda Location: Texas on Dec 6, 2009 at 08:59 PM
    My grandmother, mother, aunts, cousins, daughter and I have shopped here. Unique! Thanks,
  • by Mary Location: Caddo on Dec 5, 2009 at 03:47 AM
    I LOVE Craighead's! I just finished doing some of my Christmas shopping there. And Belinda is so right- I have memories of many great experiences there. In fact, my mom worked there years ago.
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