Thursday, October 06, 2011

Gone But Not Forgotten Walla Walla Neighborhood Grocery Stores

For the most part, 7-11 stole them from us, or was it just father time. The corner groceries where you would run to get milk or bread.  One from my early childhood is still around.  The Short Stop Market at 3rd and Yakima.  The above is Green Park Grocery at Isaac and Clinton. 
1.  Duff's  The only downtown store, with a big freezer stocked with cold beer.  Actually, it was Duff's Dairy.
2. Anderson's Market  A block from Pioneer Park on Division.  A great place to go to get an ice cream cone or a soda after a hot day at the park.
3.  Boys Market  Great location--Alder and Wilbur Actually turned into a 7-11.
4.  Johnny's Market  Down Alder Street from Boys Market
5.  Green Park Grocery  Pictured above  (thanks to Bygone Walla Walla Blog) across from Green Park School.
Also Pioneer Market (formerly Storer's and Fred's Alder Street), Maxson's, Demoss, and The Corner Grocery (a block from Paine School)

16 comments:

Shannon Smith-McKeown said...

Hey! You forgot Melrose Market on the corner of Melrose and Division. I can tell you what was on every aisle! I also loved that they had the licorice sticks out in the open right across from the meat dept. and can remember the smell. They actually butchered huge slabs of meat right there on the block! Great memories!

Mike Barer said...

I probably left quite a few out. There was also a store on 4th, south of Chestnut that was owned by the Frank family. This is so much fun to rekindle the memories. I hope that we can keep it going.

Anonymous said...

There were a number of markets on the north west side of town.
Top Notch Market on Elm and North
6th St. Also, Elm St. Market on Elm and North 8th St.and Peoples Market out on Pine St. past North 13th.

Mary Sluyter-Oldridge said...

Before Boys Market was at Alder and Wilbur, it was at the corner of Isaacs and Roosevelt. Used to walk the block from Portland Street. Sawdust on the floor in the meat department. Wished I could remember the owner's name. It escapes me right now. This would have been in the 1950's.

Joani said...

We used to live a couple of blocks away from Anderson's Grocery. I remember going there often for my Mom and she would give me enough money to buy a Fudge cycle or soda which cost 5 cents.. back then the sodas were in 7 oz. bottles.

Anonymous said...

Johnny's Market was located at the intersection of Pleasant and School, just catty corner from Berney School. Johnny and Mary Schneidmiller were the owners and my sister Bonnie Crump...er worked there. My friend Ross Pulfer and I got a good hacking from Principal L.C. Smoke for buying candy during lunch. His paddle was aerodynamically designed with holes in it to minimize wind resistance and maximize pain.

Ida said...

DeMoss Grocery store was on 2nd Avenue across the street from the Southgate Apartments.

Scotty Ray said...

The Melrose Market owner's name was Sol Frank. Like most neighborhood store owners he had a grocery specialty, he was a butcher. Sol also had a "Pet Sausage". Every butcher usually had their own receipts for making sausage and Sol's was one of the best in town. Scotty Ray

Jim Yeager said...

To Mary: at least when BOY's MARKET was at Alder & Wilbur it was owned by DUKE TODOROVICH and I think a partner.. that is where 7-11 stands today.

Roy Lagos said...

Boys market was Evergreen market befor it was boys hence the bit metal tree sign.

Niels Peterson said...

Gabe Joseph ran a small grocery store at the corner of 9th and Chestnut. There was also a small butcher's section within the store. My Mom used to send me there to buy a few items now and then. I loved this "duty." As a kid, I remember being impressed by the wide plank flooring that showed its age.

Anonymous said...

Purity Market was owned by Fred Beechinor - It was right downtown, on Main I think.

Michael Foster said...

Interesting. Never knew it. Always knew it at E Alder and Wilbur. The proprietor's name was Duke Tomomorvich (sp).

Shirley Bowe said...

My family shopped at a little grocery on 9th street between Alder and Popular. I believe the owner name was Hurbert, they lived next to the store. I remember it was usual for a store to run a charge account. My dad would stop on his was home on pay day to settle the account. I also would run up to the store for my mom to get meat or milk or bread.

Roland Snider said...

Duff's was the only stand-alone market downtown (I went to school with one of the Duff kids) but also, remember the little grocery store that was part of Gardner's department store downtown?

We lived five blocks from Storer's market (spelling?) which is now a dentist/eye doctor center on Alder near the Nazarene church. So many little stores in this town that were just going out in the 60's! Also, Sigman's was the store that was in the location of the Public Library. There's still a part of a wall from the old store on the property - like an ancient ruin! ;0)

Gary-lee Gordon said...

Hey, since you knew Andersons, they had a sausage there they made called "Pep-sausage" tat was a family favorite and craved. Family is now gone and I was reliving old times and remembered that LOVED sausage. Do you remember that and if so, know where I could get a recipe?