There are many on the above page who are no longer in business. Carlo Benedetti's Olden Pharmacy is a survivor. Any others there who are still in business? 43 years ago; reminds me of that song; "time in a bottle."
Tommy I worked part time for Popkins shoes when I was 14. Nate Pokin
was located on Hudson street next door to Mazzili,s grocery stoe. Worked
6-9 on weekdays and 12 to 9 on Saturdays. Rode my bike from Hamilton
to the "burg" every day,rain or shine. No wonder I was a 97 pound
waeklingbut I met a lot of pretty girls there. Lee
When I was a kid I was into cars and couldn't afford a mechanic. We
changed our own clutches, camshafts, and did everythign short of actual
engine and transmission builds. Andy's was our prime sourcc of parts
mainly becuase they would sell to us at the same price that a garage
THe first Andy's shop was along John Fitch Way, just
past the Penssy Railroad bridge. And then came Urban Renewal and the new
Fitch Way project.
Andy's had to move, so with city approval,
they relocated to the new building shown which was located downriver,
across from what was American Bridge. THe new shop was wonderful, but
I'll bet it lasted for less than ten years before the city wanted to run
a new stretch of highway right through the new building.
never rebuilt. They were a prime example of how poor planning cuased the
demise of so many small businesses, just so state workers could get out
of town to the suburbs.
Well Tom, though not quite related but one of those ads jogged my memory, the one for Fritz's auto repair.
made me think of the first BMW dealership in the area that was Fritz's
BMW and was stuffed into a little hole in the wall shop by State and
Olden next to the Mechanics National Bank. With all of our auto
chatter, that is one that always gets missed.
SJ or Mike, I'll gladly accept correction on that location, though it was pretty close wasn't it?
Fritz's was out on E. State - I'm niot sure but I think it
was close to where Frey's Bakery was located (best rye bread in Trenton
if not the planet!).
Fritz was a great guy, but I couldn't afford
a new BMW even when prices were relatively cheap. He almost sold me a
BMW 1600 with a transplanted 2002tii engine back in 1968 when I left the
Navy. I have been kicking myself ever since for not doing so. Instead, I
bought a new Camaro from Patterson Chevy in Hamilton Square.