Ask Joan: Finds from former businesses edition

Much like last week’s Ask Joan, this week follows a theme in its questions. All are from folks who own something that refers to a former business in the area, on which they are seeking memories or more info.

They’re not businesses I necessarily know much about on my own – they’re not anything from our stores and restaurants of the past directory, for example – so I’m turning all of these questions over to you, the readers, to see if you can help!

What’s inside
1. Info on Little Professor bookstore
2. Seeking Steve and Warney’s information
3. Where was Yorktowne Service Stores?

1. I just purchased a book at a yard sale and it had a bookmark from the Little Professor bookstore in the Queensgate Shopping center. I don’t remember this store being there. How long ago was that?
– Dave Toomey

2. Any info about a business called Steve and Warney’s located at King, Penn and Salem Ave., York, PA, Phone: 81808. I have a nail clipper inside a leather case from there. Because of the 5 digit phone number, I’m assuming late 50s, early 60s?
– Cindi Daugherty

3. I want to know what and where “Yorktowne Service Stores” was located, what they sold. I have a very large sign of theirs, found in a basement of mine. It’s in good shape. Can you get some info on this business? About what year it was, anything.
– Karol Feeser

I’d love to help Dave, Cindi and Karol – so if you have any memories, information, photos, etc., to share, please comment!

Got any questions? Ask Joan using the form at right. I’ll attempt to answer them in a future “Ask Joan” column on this blog. I get a large volume, but I will feature three each week and answer as many as possible!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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5 Responses to Ask Joan: Finds from former businesses edition

  1. Betsy Baird says:

    Yes, I do remember Steve and Warney’s Service Station. And it was at the
    corner of S. Penn, W. King, & Salem Ave. We lived a block away, on W. Market St., “Doctor’s Row.” Mother would stop there all the time to get gas.
    Not only did she get gas. She got the full “old time” service: Windows washed,
    oil checked, tires checked, all at no extra price. Seems to me gas was around
    39 cents a gallon! Mother also usually got the car washed there. They did not like washing Dad’s truck because it was so full of mud.

    Both Steve and Warney were wonderful men, and treated us so kindly. They later moved to Grantley Rd, aside of what was at that time Weaver’s Meat Store, later a pizza place. Don’t know for sure what is now on that site, as I haven’t been down Grantley Rd. in a long time.


  2. Scott C. says:

    1. I don’t remember there being a bookstore at the Queensgate Shopping Center either.

    3.Yorktowne Service Stores, started in 1928, eventually became Associate Grocers, which merged with AWI (Associated Wholesalers) in 1972.

  3. bill landes says:

    Betsy is right on. Steve Kranich took care of our cars for years on Grantley and I’m sure he knew my dad who lived at 434 W Market.

  4. Ron Zinn says:

    Before Steve and Warney’s there was Gerry Blouse who built and opened the Gulf station in the mid 40’s. Before that was M&H Grocery store with a large canopy across the front out to the curb, and also 3 houses on Penn St. Store and homes were torn down to build the Gulf station. Gerry Blouse and his brothers Bill, Henry and dad Amos ran the station until Steve Crunic and Gerald Warneke took over in the late 40’s or 1950. I worked for both part-time while going to school. I also worked on the point at Salem and King at Bill Shaw’s Atlantic station, later run by Warren Uffelman.

  5. Vicky Seeger says:

    The name of the store on East Market Street that had the imported gifts was called Old World Imports. I believe it was near Martin Memorial Library. You went down steps and it was partly below ground. My friend and I were teenagers at the time and would go to the library to check out record albums and we would wander around the store afterwards. Had gifts from all around the world, really unique things. I’m not sure how long it was there, but we remember it being in the 70s.

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