Great post, but it will always be the Metropolis to me!
As it should be! I say use the name it had when it meant something to you.
The final incarnation of the Copa, was the short-lived Copa Cafe a coffee house on Lewis and Broadway circa 1995. It was in the same building as Julie's Bar. Actually, it was just the Copa's neon sign, but still.
Who was Herbert N. Bush? Max Vorce apparently bought the store in 1964. Did he buy it from Herbert N. Bush?Remember the perfume atomizer just inside the entrance on the ceiling?The building was old even in the 1960s.Another facade that was interesting was the Maas window facade. I wonder what was behind that.
I’ve been thinking of all the downtown Flint stores of my childhood. Bush’s was one of my favorites. Something so old-world and elegant. I remember the pneumatic cash tubes. Everything old is new again.
Thanks for commenting. You might enjoy my book about Flint called "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City," a Michigan Notable Book for 2014 and a finalist for the 33rd Annual Northern California Book Award for Creative NonFiction. Filmmaker Michael Moore described Teardown as "a brilliant chronicle of the Mad Maxization of a once-great American city." More information about Teardown is available at www.teardownbook.com.