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Picture Business Name Location Owner/Operator Dates of Operation Comments:
  ? Edgmont Ave. near 10th St. John Kind - 1899  
  American Shoe & Hat Cleaning Parlor 533 Market St. N. J. Deacumakos ? - 1917, 1918 - ? Thanks to their ad in a Chester High annual, courtesy of Janet Andrews Moulder, Wilmington, DE
  A. S. Beck Market St. between 5th & 6th     Thanks to "Pete"
  Bennett's Shoe Store 623 Edmont Ave.   ? - 1927 - ? Opened new store at 623 Edgmont Ave. in August 1927.
  Cirilli's Shoe Store 16th & Providence Ave.
(across from Dalton's Bakery)
Guiseppi "Joe" Cirilli ? - 1940's, 1950's - ? "...my great grandfather owned it in the 40s and
50s..."

Thanks to
Megan Burns,
Meganeburns@aol.com

  Cloud's Shoe Store 28 W. 3rd St.

704 Edgmont Ave. (Y.M.C.A. Building) - 1915

Father of Orlando H. Cloud

Orlando H. Cloud

[Biography & Photo]

1852 - 1903 - 1915 - before July 1940 From the Souvenir History of Chester, PA under the auspices of the Board of Trade Published by George M. Burns, Philadelphia, PA 1903
courtesy of Terry Redden Peters

Also thanks to their ad in the 1915 Chester High annual, courtesy of Janet Andrews Moulder, Wilmington, DE

  Jacob Deitch 7th & Sproul   ? - 1917 - ? "Shoe repairer"

Thanks to their ad in the 1917 Chester High annual, courtesy of Janet Andrews Moulder, Wilmington, DE

  Dial Shoe Store 6th &      Store sign seen here in Taxi Station photo courtesy of Rocky (Hazel Hillard) Bohlmann
  James Dolphin 14th & Providence Ave. James Dolphin ? - 1902 Until retirement in 1902, Mr. Dolphin was official repairer of shoes for Pennsylvania Military College (PMC)
  Benj. Dranof 3rd & Highland Ave.   ? - 1917 - ? "Electric, shoe repairing shop"

Thanks to their ad in a Chester High annual, courtesy of Janet Andrews Moulder, Wilmington, DE

  Ferry's Shoe Repair Store 724 Welsh St.

also

Edgmont Ave.

Near the Boyd Theater

Alexander Ferry, Sr.   Thanks to Mr. Alexander Ferry, Sr.'s daughter-in-law

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Flagg Bros. Shoe Store Market St.

(Next to Kresge 5&10, 2 or 3 doors up from Lee's Records at the point of Market St and Edgemont Ave.)

    Thanks to
Bob Felix, 
felix@vitetta.com
 
  Grand Shoe Store 321 Market St. Operated by two brothers, Ben and Joe Schwartz ? - 1956 - ? "I worked there part-time while I was in high school."

Thanks to
Dan Kennedy

  Gus's Shoe Repair 1100 block of Morton Ave. Gus & Bessie Vespisanie late 1940's "Also in the late 40's in the same block there was a shoe repair shop called Gus's. It was owned bu Gus & Bessie Vespisanie who live next to the Sunset Cafe"

Thanks to Pat,
vis12321@home.com

  Hanover Shoe  Store West side of Market between 5th & 6th     "There was one on the west side of Market St. between 5th and 6th, south of the train station. My father, Lewis Lenny, worked there on occasion before the 1950's."

Thanks to
Al Lenny

  Harry's Shoe Store 3rd & Edgmont Ave. Harry Karp   "My mother and father used to take to Harry's near 3rd and Edgmont. Harry was such a nice man and always fitted us with the right size and width shoe.  Harry's then moved to Woodlyn in the shopping center on McDade Boulevard."

Thanks to
Schemmir,
michael_ebling@merck.com  

"Harry's last name was Karp. He was a big, jovial bald guy with a moustache."

Thanks to
Gary Pastorius,
pastorius2@worldnet.att.net 

  Hernick's Shoe Store Sproul St.
(above 7th)
John Hernick - 1950's - "How can one forget Hernick's Shoe store where they had the x-ray machine to
see how your shoes fit."
Lou Calvarese,
Loucalpru@aol.com

"Hernick's Shoe store on Sproul Street was owned and operated by John
Hernick. Mr Hernick (I was too young to call him John) was also an expert
in crafting corrective shoes for people with foot problems. I met him by
way of his son, Donald, in the Boy Scouts."

Thanks to
Tony Casciato
tony.four@verizon.net

  Ieradi's Shoe Repair 426 3rd St.

then 424 W. 3rd St. (until 1969)

(near Stackey's Hoagies)

1969 & later

2119 Edgmont Ave.

Frank Ieradi 1926 - 1969 - ? My grandfather opened his first shop in 1926 at 426 West Third St. Later, moved to 424. He worked there until 1969 when he and his wife relocated to 2119 Edgemont Avenue, Chester, Pa. near Parkside because of the extreme strife that existed during the dark days of the civil rights movement in Chester. I have a picture of him in taken in 1926 standing in the doorway of his shop proudly holding his finished product. If I can attend the reunion, I'll bring it with me.

Thanks to
Michael Masishin, Grandson

"Owned by Mr Ieradi on 3rd Street in Chester  Last know was in the 50`s but was there many years before that.  Near Stackeys Hoagies."

Thanks to
Pooch09@aol.com

  Kinney Shoe Store 630 Edgmont Ave.   - 1949 -  
  Lessin's 935 Edgmont Ave.   ? - 1952 - ?  
  ? 3rd St., between Penell & Howell
1915 W 3rd St.
C.S. Rively   Store moved October 1899
  Moyer Shoe Store 812 Edgmont Ave.   ? - 1937 - ? "Nunn-Bush for Men, Queen Quality for Women, Edwards for Children" according to their ad in the June 1937 Southern Penn Bus Schedule Book, courtesy of
Terry Redden Peters
  New York Shoe Store 812 Edgmont Ave.   c. 1900 ?  
  Royal Shoe Store 628 Edgmont Ave. A. Smith, Proprietor ? - 1918 - ? "Agent for Ralston shoes of Philadelphia"

Thanks to their ad in the 1918 Chester High annual, courtesy of Janet Andrews Moulder, Wilmington, DE

  Peter Saedlo Shoe Repair Shop 700 block of Morton Ave.

(Across from Anna's Hoagie Shop)

Peter Saedlo   Thanks to Mr. Saedlo's granddaughter,

Marge Hollis Waldron 
ST. Michael's class of '51 
Notre Dame class of '55 

  Sammy's Cancellation Shoe Store 610 Sproul St. Sol Schiff
& his brother
Abe Schiff
  "His slogan was  "It's Cha Cha Time at Sammy's Shoe Store. They sold shoes and did shoe repair. It was owned by my dad, Sol Schiff and his brother Abe Schiff."

Thanks to Linda, Lfsb150@aol.com

  Seaton's Hat Shop & Shoe Repair 3rd St. between Edwards & Flower James Seaton   "Seaton's Hat Shop and Shoe Repair, located between Edward and Flower Streets: James Seaton, the owner, was an institution on Third Street.  He was a gregarious person with a contagious smile and a heart of gold. He eventually bought the two story building which included an apartment on the second floor."

Thanks to
Mary Carter-Williams, Ph.D.
  Shahadi's Shoe Repair 3rd St. between Wilson & Hayes   ?-1950's - early 1960's-? David J. Hentosh, david.j.hentosh@lmco.com

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Mr. Jack Swerman, AIA
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Slater's Shoe Store 618 Edgmont Ave.      
  N. Smith Shoes 502 Market St. Nathan Smith ? - until the depression Thanks to Rose Samuelson, daughter, Delaware County, PA
  Smitty's Shoe Store 1800 block of W. 3rd St.     "Smitty's Shoe Store, was in the 1800 Block of W. 3rd Street, near the Strand Theater, Across from Jack Restaurant."

Thanks to
John H. Jones
  Stacey's Shoe Repair 7th St.      
  Tri-Plex Shoe Store Market St. between 5th & 6th     Thanks to "Pete"
  United Shoe Stores 806 Edgmont Ave.   ? - 1915 - ? Thanks to their ad in the 1915 Chester High annual, courtesy of Janet Andrews Moulder, Wilmington, DE
  Wood Shoe Store 4th & Edgmont
next to Stanley Theatre
John Wood, son of Daniel Wood who had a shoe store at 310 Market St.   "At the time of the depression [my] granddad [John Wood] gave a lot of shoes on credit , but was unfortunately never repaid and eventually lost the store."

Dave Wood

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Mary Jane Burn,
mjburn@gva.net.
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Daniel Wood Shoe Store
(7)
141 3rd St

310 Market St.

Daniel & Jane Wood

Daniel Wood, father of John Wood who later had a shoe store at 4th & Edgmont.

? - 1885 - ? "My great grandfather is Daniel Wood and my grandfather, John took over the store after Daniel's death as far as I know.  When my sister and I were children, we got high top patent leather button shoes because they didn't sell. You had to use a button hook to put them on and off and did we hate those shoes."

Dot Wood Ferrari,
dot-ferrari@juno.com

 

 

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