It's interesting seeing the various Mom and Pop places – some long-gone – that preceded the current businesses at roughly the same location.
I've highlighted the businesses on the scan of the directory listing above so it's easier to pick them out. (Although I'm merely providing a roll call of them here, a few of them will eventually receive the full-blown blog treatment.)
|Vintage Vian's postcard|
Up near where the Shoreway Shopping Center would celebrate its Grand Opening in 1958, we find the only business listed is Heavyweight Boxer Johnny Risko's restaurant and Mary Risko's beauty shop next door. Today, Risko's still does a great business, judging by the number of cars outside.
|The building at 4282 Lake Road |
Up near where Grantwood Avenue intersects Lake Road was a restaurant on the lake side run by Kurt Schmelzer at 4337 Lake Road. Today two lakefront residences occupy the spot.
Still further east is where Dotzlaf's Food Store was located at 4540 E. Lake Road. You know the building today – it houses Dock's Tavern.
Up at 4628 Lake Road was Harry W. Gang's grocery store. Make It Happen Studios recently relocated their martial arts and dance school business there.
Elmer and Dorothy Bartel's restaurant was at 4790 Lake Road, roughly where the Bi-Rite Express is today.
Back in 1942, Carl Maurer's restaurant was located at 5348 Lake Road. Later it was Bill and Don's; today you know that location as the home of Gus' Restaurant and Lounge.
And right next door to the east was Ervin Brow's gas station and Mrs. Clara Brow's grocery store at 5384 Lake Road, where Cove Beach intersects with Lake Road. Today that address is home to Hair-Ways Beauty Salon.