A new store called The Findery, located in the former Percy Medicine building at Eighth Street and Webster Avenue, will open to the public Wednesday.
It reportedly will specialize in home decor and has been likened to a “mix between Spice and Magnolia Market,” the former being a cluster of 90-plus offbeat shops that anchors RiverSquare Center on Mary Avenue and the latter being a new housewares store/novelty shop and furniture emporium at Sixth Street and Webster Avenue opened by Chip and Joanna Gaines.
The Percy Medicine building for years was the home of Baby Percy Medicine, so named because a concoction made there proved beneficial to a youngster named Albert Percy, who suffered an upset stomach as his family traveled from New York to their new home in Waco.
A.W. Percy, a buggy whip salesman and Albert’s father, joined forces with local pharmacist W.S. Merrick to form the company.
Mules would haul product from the loading dock of the Percy Medicine building to a nearby train station. Legend has it that Babe Ruth knocked a baseball out of long-gone Katy Park in downtown Waco during a New York Yankees barnstorming stop, and it landed atop the Percy building.
Percy Medicine was produced in the same building until 2010, when manufacturing was outsourced to a company in Texarkana.
A private opening of The Findery is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, the day before the public unveiling.