Niagara Gazette


July 23, 2012

HIGGS: Back to 1956 and Pine Avenue

Niagara Gazette — We left off at the Como and enjoyed every bite, but backing up a little to 2202 Pine Avenue we begin where Stephen Tavano operated the Avenue Drug Store. His brother Mario operated Brothers Pharmacy at 1102 Niagara St. Stephen and his wife Eleanor lived on 59th Street in LaSalle near Buffalo Avenue.

At 2208 was Sam Cristiano and Christy’s Lunch who shared the building with Everybody’s Market. Before 1956 this was Trabucco’s Electric Contractors and Anthony Trabuco operated the grocery. Louis and Mary lived here and Louis clerked in the grocery. LaVerne Davis sold sporting goods at 2212 Pine.

Next to the Como, at 2230 Pine, Morris Kranitz and John Daverne operated Market Auto Supply. Both lived in Buffalo and perhaps this was a branch of a larger operation there. Harry and Esther Davis were next door at Davis’ Dry Cleaners. At 2240 was James Maroon’s Venetian Blinds — but that’s not all. Jimmy as he was known also sold Kool-Vent Awnings, Challenger Stainless Steel Doors and Dup-Temp Aluminum Storm Windows. He was a well respected businessman on Pine Avenue for many years and his store eventually evolved into a home improvement business. More on Jimmie later.

James Chipolla lived at 2246 Pine, a residential unit. He sold cars at Joe Raymond’s Used Car’s at the corner of 20th and Pine. Melvin Bradley also lived here and was employed as a mechanic at Hutchins Esso Service Station at Pine and Porter Road. The owner was Parel Hutchins, a twin brother of Leason, who owned the Mobil Station and auto parts store at Packard and Military. His son is John Hutchins who currently owns and operates the Rapids Theatre on Main Street.

Crossing the intersection at 23rd Street was the Pet Land store selling birds and fish. June Grishman was the proprietor and she lived upstairs with her husband Curtis who worked at the Vanadium. Mary Franjoine sold children’s wear in her shop at 2303 Pine and her husband Albert had a barber shop further down the street at 2436 Pine. Another grocery operated by Anthony and Rose Valella was next at 2307 Pine.

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