do you remember

joey_urban's picture

does anyone remember when frankford ave and thompson was cobblestone. How about the barber shop that was there. How about Oscar's. How about the settlement house. The fire in the bar at crease street. The car wash next to richmond beef.The pig alley. Alices store and before that it was Joe's. and the shoe store. Blacks drug store. Tonys market. Penn 5&10 and the old wallpaper store.do you remember the urbans the brunkles, the franzens the farrels the reifs borja hartmans parsons well I sure remember.

AM's picture

I used to love the 5 & 10

I used to love the 5 & 10 when I was a little girl. My mom talks about Blacks drug store although I can't remember it. She also talks about a drug store called Boltz's. I remember my brother getting in trouble for hanging in the pig alley and my father going around and kickin' his butt all the way home.

joey_urban's picture

hey whats your last name

hey whats your last name

Pure_Fishtown's picture

The old five and dime was

The old five and dime was great. Black's was great it was at Shacky & Girard. Boltz' was at Susquehanna & Girard, the building appears in good shape from the outside but seems empty. Every couple of blocks was a pig alley seems everyone had their own with memories.

Alice was great and dearly missed. The shoe store -- a few of us were talking about it a short time ago. Star Shoemaker is still around (thank goodness).

I don't know if any of the Brunkel's are still around but the Farrell's are still in the neighborhood.

PattiMey's picture

Joey, you must remember

Joey, you must remember Doris's on Thompson St. and O'Connor's Bar. How about the Allens, Fullers, Browns, Harts and Lederers ?

jean242's picture

5&10 god does that take me

5&10 god does that take me back!

There used to be a movie theatre at Girad and Front St that my dad used to go too-Fox's I think it was called. Turned into a electrical store and then last I heard a thrift store.

Anyone remember Kate's at Belgrade and Cumberland

Shalacky's at Frankford and Cumberland and the older gentleman chopping on his cigar behind the counter

I need to come back to Fishtown and take a walk.

ken215's picture

What/where was the pig

What/where was the pig alley?

joey_urban wrote:

does anyone remember when frankford ave and thompson was cobblestone. How about the barber shop that was there. How about Oscar's. How about the settlement house. The fire in the bar at crease street. The car wash next to richmond beef.The pig alley. Alices store and before that it was Joe's. and the shoe store. Blacks drug store. Tonys market. Penn 5&10 and the old wallpaper store.do you remember the urbans the brunkles, the franzens the farrels the reifs borja hartmans parsons well I sure remember.

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Ken

Swally in '08

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Jean, you have your C's

Jean, you have your C's mixed up. Kate's was at Belgrade and Columbia and Shalacki's was was Frankford and Columbia.

Ken, there was a pig alley every several blocks. I don't know how they all got that name but it was very common.

jobber's picture

How about the bakery on

How about the bakery on Girard Ave--Claus--I am drawing a blank I think it was Claus-it was great! Or when Thriftway was on Girard Ave. And Sams Cleaner on Girard.

jobber's picture

Oh and Meyers water

Oh and Meyers water ice--they made the BEST water ice!!!

dan's picture

Pure_Fishtown wrote:there

Pure_Fishtown wrote:

there was a pig alley every several blocks. I don't know how they all got that name but it was very common.

They got that name because they were used for moving pigs from one location to another. (like from where they lived to where they were loaded on the wagon to go to the slaughterhouse)

jean242's picture

yes-thanks. I lived there

yes-thanks. I lived there for over twenty years you'd think I would know.

Is the pizza shop still on colombia? catty corner from where shalacki's used to be?

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Dan, then there must have

Dan, then there must have been a heckof a lot of slaughterhouses in the area.

I remember the pig alley and pig lots on Gordon through to Dauphin and on 600 block of Belgrade. There's one more that I can remember, it was on Belgrade between Dauphin and Norris which went through to Almond.

No wonder I like bacon so much.

marm's picture

I remember the pig alley, my

I remember the pig alley, my friends dad had a yard back there. I also remember alices. When we were younger we would try to but looses off her and she would yell at us to get out of her store...lol..I remember the 5 &10 it was so dirty looking in there...

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Does anyone remember the

Does anyone remember the other bakeries -- Gaul and Susquehanna and Thompson and Columbia?

jmminarik's picture

jobber wrote:How about the

jobber wrote:

How about the bakery on Girard Ave--Claus--I am drawing a blank I think it was Claus-it was great!

It was Claus'. The eldest daughter and her husband tried to make a go of it after the parents retired and closed the bakery but I'm sure D&D, Thriftway's bakery and the lack of parking on girard all but made that a valiant but futile effort.

-Joe

jmminarik's picture

jobber wrote:Oh and Meyers

jobber wrote:

Oh and Meyers water ice--they made the BEST water ice!!!

I never got the fascination with their water ice. I mean, after their chocolates, the water ice seemed like a major, major down grade.

-Joe

jobber's picture

Ohhhhh the chocolates at

Ohhhhh the chocolates at Meyers.........

Ftown66's picture

jean242 wrote:yes-thanks. I

jean242 wrote:

yes-thanks. I lived there for over twenty years you'd think I would know.

Is the pizza shop still on colombia? catty corner from where shalacki's used to be?

Yes the pizza shop is still there. I loved Shalacki's they were nice people. what i remember the most about that store was Ed sitting on that stool behind the counter with the giant cigar in hand all the time.

codergrrl's picture

The bakery at Gaul and

The bakery at Gaul and Susquehanna was called Ernst's, and the one across from Hetzell's, at Columbia and Thompson was called Marzel's, or something similar to that. They had great "George Washington" cake(?)

codergrrl's picture

Here's one for the old

Here's one for the old timers...MacFarlands Shoe store on Frankford Avenue. Go up Susque till it turns into Norris and hang a right...(or is it go up Norris until it turns to Susque and hang a left?)

MichelleLynn's picture

I remember the Girad Ave

I remember the Girad Ave Shoe Store, between Oxfor and marlborough? Was called Ben's I think and Pops was between Marlborough and Crease where John Neil is now, the Penn taverne was across the Ave at Crease and Girard, they had a fire on the third floor, with some fatalities I think, but reopened later after removing the third story. And Dottie B's acrd shop on Girard betweem Crease and Day, On the 1200 side..

Cajunmoon's picture

How about Novick Brothers

How about Novick Brothers Produce that moved into the building with the big milk bottle?

Pure_Fishtown's picture

MacFarland's -- Mr. and Mrs.

MacFarland's -- Mr. and Mrs. where so sweet, sorry they closed up. Remember the clown balloon?

I betcha there are many a Fishtown/Kensington person who go their first pair of shoes there.

Do you remember Cobbies at Almond & Norris?

pmcmanis1's picture

The bakery at Thompson and

The bakery at Thompson and Columbia had the best buttercake.

pmcmanis1's picture

Anybody remember Earl Court?

Anybody remember Earl Court? How about Mickey's bar at Aramingo and Norris? The old bar at Montgomery and Girard (pronounced Girahd)? I lived at every one of these places.

greek's picture

To All; I Remember

To All;
I Remember Ben's men shop on girad ave in the 50s and 60s we would get white soxs, convers low black sneakers for gym.
Also the OK SHOE STORE.Near the 5 and 10 .Oh and the bakery at
thompson and columbia across from hetzells.The butter cake would have to be ordered for the weekend, made one day a week "good stuff".
That also was the corner I had ,when I was a patrol or" safty".
YEAH,SAME PLACE A COAT WAS THROWN OVER MY HEAD AND THE SNOT KNOCKED OUT OF ME.
I also could eat a cake from that corner, to oxford st get it all down, so my mother did not see.( she would sit on the step,
till I got home)
I remember the settlement house the meeting place for cub scouts pack 331

codergrrl's picture

How 'bout Rosenbergs

How 'bout Rosenbergs sporting goods on Girard Avenue...you could actually but a fishing rod and go down the river....
There was also a bar...I think it was called the "Tin Brick", down along Beach Street, I'm thinking it was behind the electric factory building, but may be a bit hazy on the exact location, other than "down the river", but it,and its denizens, always reminded me of something NC Wyeth would have painted for Treasure Island.
We hung around the river alot, playing in boxcars, and wandering thru the "Can-o" and old sugar house areas....
There was actually a colonial village type place down there...about two blocks of Williamsburg set up back there, with "Ye Olde ----- Shoppes", along with the Riverfront Dinner Theatre.
Up the other end (between Cumberland and Alleghany) I can remember mountains of raw sugar, laying on the ground waiting to go wherever they went, and the Mariner's chapel... and foreign newspapers and trash we would look thru from the ships that had berthed there.
And the biggest rats in existence....we swam in that river all the time, way before it was considered 'clean', and it never hurt us...probably just bolstered our immune systems with all those exotic antibodies.
Thanks mom, for never having heard of a play date, and leaving us to our own devices...

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Yes, the "Tin Brick". It

Yes, the "Tin Brick". It was so cool. I was in there a few times. When you walked in the door, it was like going back in time.

The colonial village you talk about was called Philadelphia 1700. One could walk around the center square and shop in various quaint shops. Then, the place closed down until the birth of the Riverfront dinner theater.

TECH's picture

Wow I do remember

Wow I do remember Philadelphia 1700 on the pier where Waterfront Square is now. That place was neat, at least for us back then. The Schmidts Brewery had a Beer Museum in there. We used to hang out on the boat at the side of the pier, originally call the Sonya., It was turned into a cocktal lounge, and eventualy sunk into the mud.