A trip through history as renovations come to Beaufort's historic Lipsitz department store

The old Lipsitz store before its recent exterior tear-down.

This time last year the historic Lipsitz department changed hands after closing in 2009, ending a 107 year run.

But now signs of change are becoming visible at the building as new owner, and Bluffton resident, Jeffrey Bisger begins to execute his vision for the property with, perhaps, a mix of either retail or restaurant space on the first floor and apartments above.

But the work at the 11,000 square foot building is also revealing a trip through time, The Island Packet's Erin Moody writes, in part:

Upstairs, several truckloads of household furniture, clothing and goods have been removed by demolition crews. The items that remained this week were reminders that it was once a family home. A short flight of worn, 5-feet-wide stairs recalls a busy family running up and down. After the Lipsitz family moved out, the upstairs often was used as storage for the family and store, Lucille Lipsitz said.

Read that report here.

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort shares a photo of the facade's newly exposed exterior.