Letter: When Salisbury’s ‘uptown’ had everything you wanted

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The writer is sharing memories prompted by a column in Sunday’s Post, “Everyone shopped downtown.”

Going “uptown” with one of my grandmothers every Saturday. Ten cents’ worth of candy in a little white bag from Kress or Woolworth’s. Country-style steak at Woolworth’s lunch counter. What a treat!

I think you’re correct about the location of Montgomery Wards. I remember going in there as a child with my grandmother. For whatever the reason, I remember my grandparents calling it “monkey wards.” Wards had a good sporting goods section. Their brand name was Hawthorne. I still have a baseball glove with that brand name.

Across the street from Wards was another men’s clothing store, Goodnight’s. Maybe there was just a store or two between them and Trexler Bros. Clyde might have worked at Trexler Bros.

Up the street where the existing candy shop is now was another men’s clothing store, Nurick’s. They carried Nettleton shoes. Nettleton’s are unaffordable for most of us today. Goodnight’s and Nurick’s as well as Oestreicher’s carried fine merchandise. Oestreicher’s, or it could of been Purcell’s, had some men’s clothing, too. Whichever one it was carried Gant shirts. Gant was the Polo of the ’60s.

People who worked in men’s departments in those days were equipped with a cloth tape measure. They carried it draped around their neck. Full service. If today’s young people only knew about full service.

Andrew’s Bakery — they delivered; Mr. Allman drove the truck. Cream horns, brownies dusted with powdered sugar. Andrew’s was located beside what’s now Mona Wallace’s law firm on North Main Street.

Was that building once the Coke plant?

Uptown had anything you were looking for. Thanks for the great memories.

— Jim Gobbel