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Longtime businessman to be honored

Bellefontaine native Henry Weisz says he saw many different fads come and go in his years as a clothing retailer, but nothing like the Levi Strauss revolution that helped buoy his clothing stores for decades.

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Longtime local clothing retailer Henry Weisz poses for a photo Wednesday. The businessman will be honored by the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a Tuesday afternoon presentation. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

“I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, these fads come and go, but, boy, Levi’s went like gangbusters,” he said in an interview Wednesday from his room at Campbell House assisted living facility.

“Levi Strauss just about stocked our store.”

Mr. Weisz worked in retail at Wolfheim’s and Huber-Buchenroth clothing stores for more than 50 years after his return to Bellefontaine in 1949, at the age of 26. He was employed first with his Uncle Adolf Rosenberg and later with his father, Ed Weisz.

The business owner and entrepreneur became a fixture in the community over that time and will be honored for his accomplishments and community service Tuesday at a birthday celebration and award presentation at Campbell House, 356 Kent Drive.

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