If it looks a little like a gaslamp district on the south side of the 500 block of Main Street in El Centro, it's because of the old-style lamps brought back to life on the McManus Merchandise Mart building at 525 Main.
Owner Rick McManus bought the former Imperial Stores building about a year ago and has completed a remodeling on the first floor, while the third floor is being transformed from a warehouse to a showroom, which should be completed in June.
"We've put this building back to work," he said. "It's been like a dormant dinosaur for many years."
The 40,000 square-foot building was built about 1929. It is home to such businesses as Scratch 'n Dent Office Furniture — now changing its name to Home & Office Unlimited, Furniture for Less; Green's Jewelry and Kearny and Co.