Do you remember Crider’s in downtown York?

Some time ago, I received a note from Greg Leiphart saying, “As a child, I remember Crider’s (Creider’s?) store across from the courthouse on Market Street. I think it was a miscellaneous items store because they had a kids section with books and ‘toys.’ I do know at the bottom of the steps to the basement level were the kid’s stuff and books. I still have a few books my parents bought me in the early 1960s and remember purchasing them in that store. I do not remember many other stores in that block.”

In a post in early 2011, commenter Elizabeth asked about a toy store on East Market Street, and Matt Pettigrew said, “I think the toy store on East Market was Crider’s. It was owned by the Chambers family, some of whom are still around.”

As I was looking through our stores and restaurants of the past directory today, I realized I had a Crider’s Card Shop, but am wondering if this is all one variety-type store!

Any more memories on Crider’s to share? I’d love to fill in the details.

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5 Responses to Do you remember Crider’s in downtown York?

  1. Betsy Baird says:

    I, too remember Crider’s. And I remember the toy department where I bought toys as a child and as a younger woman. I loved that department and should have kept some of the unusual things I got there. The store did have stationery, cards, and books, and usual items of a store of its type.
    A massive fire in 1967 destroyed the building and two adjacent buildings,
    between the “York Bank” and the Municipal Garage.

    Betsy Baird

  2. Jim Fahringer says:

    I don’t remember a whole lot about Crider’s, however, I do remember Stillman’s Department Store which was next door to Crider’s. I believe Stillman’s was a larger store than Crider’s. I would often shop with my mom and grandmother in that store. I remember trying on shoes in their shoe department. My mother bought a lot of things there and had a charge there — no credit card. You had to go in monthly and pay your charge. I went shopping there from about 1950 to 1959.

  3. Michele Fogle says:

    My family would go downtown every other Friday night. We’d eat at the Ramona Restaurant and shop. My favorite place was Crider’s. The store sold cards, small gifts, toys and candy by the piece/lb.(may have been Fitzkee’s??) I would always head to the left hand corner of the store. They had expensive dolls on display in glass cases. I was more interested in the “Barbie Doll” section. I got a new doll outfit each time. We’d also go across the street to the gift shop located in the Market/Duke St corner of the Yorktowne Hotel.

  4. Carol Woodbury says:

    Crider’s was my favorite place as a child. I remember it as being ONLY a toy store – could the other things people are mentioning have been child-related, not general store items? I seem to recall Crayola Crayons and other things, but the best part was the top floor. If I got through dinner without putting my elbows on the table, helped clear and did other specific things, I got a point for each. When I had enough points, we went to the top floor of Crider’s and I picked out a piece of a wooden train set with interlocking tracks. My grandkids and I still love to set it up at Christmas time.

  5. Mary Linkous says:

    In the early 60s our parents would drive a group of us elementary-age girls from southern York County up to the YWCA for swimming lessons. After our time in the pool we could bowl duckpins or play games in the gym. However, we would often skip out on those options and head for Crider’s. The main attraction was the collection of Barbie clothes available in the back of the store. These included the color-coordinated outfits from Barbie’s early days – all with matching high heels of course!

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