Good Monday Morning Speakies:
Hoping to find you all in good spirits at the start of a brand new week. Looks like the country is in full swing with the summer heat according to the news reports. This morning here it was 82 degrees at 6:30 a.m. and highs today will be in the mid 90’s. I wish I could spend it by a pool or under a palm with a nice hammock and a gin and tonic being cooled by the breeze of fans held by two charming women in bikinis. Oh well only in my dreams. See what the hot weather can do to you.
Roe had to fix up my blog site, there were some site changes and she just changed it completely. The word Speakeasy is from the 1920’s dark and secretive, the new colors reflect it and I like it a lot. Thanks Honey.
I have received several comments on my blog from Skip. Skip lived around my neighborhood when we were young and we remember a lot of things growing up in North Trenton. The old 5 & 10 cent store Willett’s, but Willett’s had everything you needed, my mom and I could spend hours in there or as my dad would say as we got home, “What did you do, get lost.” I could still here those words today. There was a candy store across from the Catholic school we attended owned by two brothers who could easily loose their tempers if you did not know what you wanted. They also sold model planes it was a neat place but you better have had your choice of candy made and money ready or out the door you went.
I remember the bakeries my favorite was Service Bakery on Heil Ave. they had what we called finger cakes. It was a long cake donut filled with white cream and topped with powder sugar, that with a glass of milk or as I got older coffee what a breakfast. Mack and Tom Glover recalled similar donuts at Prior’s Donuts in their neighborhoods. We also had Eagle Bakery on Olden Ave., another great Polish bakery, great cakes and breads. Rye bread to die for. There was a batch of small stores on Brunswick Ave. between Olden and Spruce St. There was a Jewish Deli, can’t remember the name, good lunch meat, bagels and rolls on a Sunday morning after Church. There was a camera shop called Deal’s, Old Doctor Greenwald and later Dr. Moses dental offices. Harbourt’s Drug Store on the corner and two great doctors, the Drs. Franzoni. If you were too sick to come to their office, they came to you after hours. I know I got shot plenty of times in my butt with penicillin when I had the flu.
There was a great gas station and auto repair right across from my parents house an ESSO station owned by Ed. Very honest and I’ll just call him Honest Ed. There was an appliance store, a Food Fair, Stanley’s Tavern, Top Road Tavern, Top Road Dress Shop and a few other places I can’t remember.
In one of my future posts there was a favorite hang out of mine in high school called Brunswick Drug Store, a bunch of us hung out there. That’s for later.
Well Skip see what you did making me recall all those memories, love every minute of it. I’m sure you readers have memories too. Feel free to share them on this blog. Speakies have a great day and day dream of those fond memories.