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Our Town Mount Vernon-Lisbon: Bauman's Coffee Club
By Travis Bockenstedt, Our Town Producer
MOUNT VERNON - Bauman and Company offers more than quality men's clothing. This store serves as a hang out. Since the 1970's Bauman's has been the place for some local gossip and a fresh pot of coffee.
Six days a week you'll find this group of guys hanging out in the basement of Bauman's clothing store.
When Mike Smith bought the store in the early 90's the guys came with it.
"Its adult daycare. I get a check from everyone of their wives every month for taking care of them for two hours every morning," said Smith.
And during those two hours the guys try to solve the worlds problems.
"A lot of wisdom down here," said Smith.
But its not always business, Fred Lehman is the jokester in the group.
"Now John gets a little stirred up once in a while," says Lehman. "The buyer of the house doesn't care. Well he cares because the sub contractors going to file against him. Get our attorney on the line."
"That was an extra good parade he said. Everybody smiled as they went by and the chaplin said your fly was undone," said Lehman.
"Laughter is the best medicine and you get a lot of it down here. Some days are very serious and others are not. About that many serious and most of them not," said David Dunn.
This store not only sells a good pair of slacks, but they offer up some good company, holding Bauman & Company true to its name.
"Their here forever as long as the stores here they are going to be here. They bring a lot of fun to my life and enjoyment," said Smith.