CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A historic downtown building housing Galperin Jewelry and Ivor's Trunk is up for sale.
Built in 1928 and 1929 on the corner of Hale and Lee streets in downtown Charleston, the Payne Building sits near the Lee Street Triangle.
Bob Shay, who owns the building with Ray Muehlman, said, "We have owned this since 1986, and it is time to start thinking about the future. Selling the building is leading to another part of our lives."
Standing just outside the building on Monday afternoon, Shay said, "Today, it is fully occupied. It was totally empty when we bought it in 1986. We moved Galperin Jewelry over here from Quarrier Street."
Shay said he bought the building from Henry Payne and his wife, Emily.
"Pecks, a great clothing store, was here prior to us coming over here," he said. "We've enjoyed it. We took a lot of care of this building.
"Ivor's will stay open. We've got tenants, and everyone has a lease. If we don't get a reasonable offer, we will probably just take it off the market," Shay said.
An exercise studio and several offices occupy the second and third floors.
Shay expressed disappointment that so many downtown stores moved to Town Center when it opened in November 1983, then to places like Corridor G more recently.