The Bastian Blessing Co. was founded in Chicago in 1908 by two friends named Bastian and Blessing. They made fountain parts, carbonators and brass goods, according to Dr. Dave Seibold in his local history tome, "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny."
By 1930, the company had moved its entire operation to Grand Haven's east side to manufacture complete soda fountains.
"Bastian Blessing became one of the area's largest employers, with upwards of 230 men and women," Seibold noted. "Beset with sales and union problems, the company closed its doors in 1989."
Word is, the only remaining complete Bastian Blessing soda fountain, counter and stools still in operation anywhere is in Grand Haven — at Pfaff's Pharmacy, 1125 Washington Ave.
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