In January of 1915, O.I. Gramling Sr. opened for business in the Old Union Bank Building in Tallahassee, Florida. Located to the south of the Columns in the 100 Block of South Adams Street, this historic building is now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places.
A decade later, O.I. Gramling & Co. built the current store at 1010 South Adams Street. Merchandise was based on access to the railroad, which was the main form of supply transportation. Over the years, small changes were made to the store's inventory and staple groceries were introduced and sold at discounted prices in addition to feed and field seed. Eventually, groceries were phased out to make room for the addition of a feed manufacturing mill, along with animal health products, hardware and gardening supplies.
Today, the store retains much of its heritage. To step inside the original feed and seed warehouse is to walk into a living history. Wide wooden planks worn smooth with time line the floor. Vintage metal signs advertise Carnation calf formula and Greenwood seed corn. Gramling’s is a must-see destination for anyone looking for a chance to step back into Tallahassee in 1915.
In 2013, Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor -- a long time Gramling’s customer -- presented a Proclamation to Gramlings' Inc., in recognition of the store having been part of the Tallahassee community since 1915. Leon County Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley -- another long time Gramling’s customer -- presented a similar Proclamation to Gramlings' Inc., in March 2015 to celebrate the store’s 100th anniversary. Similar resolutions to celebrate the store’s Centennial Celebration were presented to store by the City of Tallahassee, state representative Ritch Workman and state senator Bill Montford.
GRAMLING'S: A TALLAHASSEE LANDMARK FOR OVER 100 YEARS
In the 1950s, O.I. Gramling, Jr. and his brother Cay took over operation of the store and managed for the next several decades. They renamed the store Gramling’s, Inc. Store Manager Cecil Davis joined them in the 1970s to help run the business and became an invaluable part of the team.
In the 1980s, Cay’s son Stan left his life’s dream of being a musician to keep the family business alive. The old store was his second home during his childhood and he had worked there as a teen. Stan and Cecil worked as business partners until Cecil passed away in 1997.
For the Gramlings, family always comes first. That type of commitment shines through in the service Gramling’s gives and the care that customers get – along with 100 years of knowledge on feed and seed, horses, pets and home gardens.
Whether educating local gardeners about best planting practices in the North Florida region, or supporting local school gardens and sustainability projects, the experience at Gramling’s, Inc. has remained true to the store’s motto, “Take a trip to the past, where old fashioned service is still a daily routine."