17 thoughts on “SE Woodstock Boulevard, 1951

  1. Me Too! Mostly I wished that I owned it now, exactly as it was then! Or that I could live there, just take a step back in time.

  2. There used to be over 800 of these ‘Mom and Pop’ stores scattered throughout Portland. Most schools had one across the street. These stores were a microcosm of American history and often a meeting place for kids (and parents). Chit chat and gossip was exchanged. Owners often descended from early Oregon and Washington pioneers or were first- or second-generation immigrants from around the world. Sometimes, the owners lived on site. Sadly, corporate 7-11 and Plaid Pantry have replaced most of these stores. I remember my store growing up: Bell Rose Market and Variety.

  3. The store near my school in Phoenix, AZ. was Grady’s Groceries. Most parents had a charge account set up, so after school we kids would meet there and stock up on candy and junk then say “charge it to my dads account”. They didn’t have to ask us who’s account to charge to, they knew all the kids by name and what parental account to charge. Usually, at the end of the month there’d be some yelling from parent to kid about how much money we charged to the account.

  4. First hourly paid job was in one of these, “A. V. Muchmore’s Cash Grocery”, and considered .35 per hour good pay in the forties ~

  5. We had Pete’s Market across from Capitol Hill grade school. Used to head over there and buy candy after school. Somehow I think they eventually closed due to pressure from the school because of the amount of kids going over there after school.

  6. I currently live and work in a building that was originally a small grocery store built in 1909. There has always been an apartment in the back. The front was partitioned during WWII and has two smaller storefronts. I have the half that is connected to the apartment. Dan Haneckow did a post about the building I’m in 12 years ago. http://www.cafeunknown.com/2006/08/1901-cafe-redux-now-returning-for.html
    I have lived and worked here for 17 years this month. Live-work places like this are rare. My understanding of city codes is they are not conducive to living in commercial
    buildings. This is too bad as one of the benefits I have had is not having to drive to work. Many of my clients are close by and walk or bike here.
    An interesting take on how we inhabit spaces is here:
    https://granolashotgun.com/2017/11/08/give-it-another-century-and-well-see-how-it-goes/
    I’ll miss this place when it’s gone.

  7. In my immediate childhood neighborhood we had Herb’s Groceries at corner of NE Glisan and NE 53rd and Lyle’s Groceries at corner of NE 53rd and NE Halsey. Fond memories of buying candy and sodas at Herb’s along with small groceries for mom. That store is still standing and vacant, probably waiting for Providence to tear it down for another annex; it was built in 1893 and long had a dramatic Ghirardelli chocolate ad painted on the NE 53rd side. The old Zenner’s meat market was directly across the street (Glisan). Lyle’s grocery is long gone, but the building was remodeled and is now a popular local eatery (New Deal Cafe). In the early 1950s there was an annex tucked behind Lyle’s where there was an old barber shop in which I had my first haircut; as a child I was puzzled by the barber’s strange sign posted inside with Confederate battle flags and a slogan about the owner’s “right to refuse service” to anyone he chose. Amazing the memory fragments associated with these long forgotten neighborhood groceries.

  8. Our store (Wallace, Idaho) was called Al’s Little Store. It was open until 9:00 P.M. every night. One block from our high school and next door to the Methodist Church. I never spent my Sunday School money on candy. 🤥

  9. In the early sixties you could cut store coupons out of magazines, bring them to the ma and pa and they would give you the cash amount without you having to buy the item. Mom’s would give kids notes to buy cigarettes and even beer and the clerk would honor it. People brought their Pepsi and Coke bottles there too to get 3 or so cents a bottle.

  10. Beaumont Market, across NE Fremont from Beaumont Grade (now Middle) School was the main source of groceries and jobs for high schoolers in the neighborhood, but Larry’s Market on NE 42nd & Bryce was my source for candy and sodas.

  11. We had Mr. Fred’s across from Ainsworth School. I still remember those “short and thick” milkshakes at the soda counter. Now it’s a restaurant.

  12. Dyers’s grocery store was owned by my grandparents Will and Ada Dyer. My mother and her six siblings lived in the house at the back of the store. I remember going there as a child and it was a wonderful place to visit. Thank you for sharing this. It brought back so many memories. Sara Nees

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