Tuesday, January 10, 2012
What used to be in that building?
I kind of assumed it had been a gas station, but with the cute little cottage-like building on the right, I wasn't sure.
Anyway, using the city directories as a guide, it appears to have first shown up in the 1933 book as a Sunoco filling station.
In the 1937 book, the only name associated with the station was Leo S. Bransztet. The 1940 book had a new person associated with it: Walter L. Clites. Both of these listings had no brand name or oil company listed.
In 1945 it was listed as vacant. Then in 1947, it was Ken & Phil's Gulf. (Lorain sure used to have a lot of Gulf stations!)
By 1950, it was listed as the Webb & Cavanaugh service station.
The only real surprise or interesting aspect of all this for me is the 1952 listing for this address: Zelek Flower Shop. I had no idea they used to be in there. Actually, without the gas pumps, the building looks like a flower shop!
Zelek Flower Shop was in there until about 1966 or '67, when they moved up the street to 1001 Reid. They are still located there today (here's a link to their website).
The 1206 Reid building went vacant for many years. Today, the building is home to A Clean Ride Car Wash, a car wash and detailing company. Here's a link to their Facebook page.