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Kleppers step away from Parkside Store after 33 years

Brian and Nancy Klepper, center, have run the Parkside Store in Silver Lake for 33 years. The couple recently sold the store to Jill and George Felbaum.

SILVER LAKE — It was May 1984. The number one songs in the United States during that month were Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” and Lionel Richie’s “Hello.”

At the box office, “Breakin’,” “The Natural” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” were the No. 1 movies for the month. And at Silver Lake, a young couple and a number of family members began to own and/or operate a number of businesses.

Part of the legacy has now come to an end as Nancy and Brian Klepper have sold the landmark Parkside Store along Silver Lake Road. The store has been purchased by Jill and George Felbaum of Ohio.

“We decided last year to put it up for sale,” Brian said. “After running it 33 years, it was getting close to retirement.”

“It’s kind of its own beast,” Nancy added. “We’ve got grandkids we want to play with.”

Although the Klepper family connection to Silver Lake dates back to the mid 1960s, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that they took their foothold. In addition to Parkside Store, the family owned or operated several campgrounds, including Sandy Shores and Silver Lake Campground along with operations such as cottage and boat rentals.

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