Ask Joan: Impromptu beach edition

Last week, our family decided to plan a quick getaway to the shore as our last hurrah for the year. As you read this, I’m either on my way or already in Rehoboth, enjoying a few days of R&R!

In honor of me taking a mini-vacation, today’s Ask Joan features questions I could really use your help with. Care to oblige, if I promise to share a couple fun photos when I get back?

What’s inside
1. Wall to Wall Sound and Video
2. Memories of Ream’s Stationery Store
3. Gruver’s pharmacy’s location in 1950s

1. Wall to Wall Sound and Video. Was that the name of the store that was on Route 30 where Old Country Buffet, etc., now are?
– Kip

Sadly, I’m pretty sure I remember Wall to Wall – or at least their commercials – but I can’t place a location at all! For some reason I had them in mind on the other side of Route 30, where there were at various times also a paint store, a mattress store and so on, but that’s just a vague thought, nothing concrete!

Someone want to help set Kip and me on the right path?

2. Does anyone remember Ream’s Stationery Store on W. Market St. across from Farmer’s Market? After Ream’s there was a gym owned by Jules Bacon, a former Mr. America.
– Bern Bevenour

Would love to find some memories of Ream’s (which is a great name for a stationery store, by the way!) for Bern; anyone who has any to share, please comment!

3. Where was Gruver’s Pharmacy located in York in the 1950s?
– Pat Seager

The only Gruver’s I’m familiar with deals in baked goods, not prescriptions, so I’d love any info you might have for Pat!

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: Impromptu beach edition

  1. Bill Landes says:

    Gruvers Pharmacy was around Mt Rose Avenue but on the York side of 83

  2. Jonathan Barr says:

    I remember a Gruver’s Pharmacy in the single story brick building that sits between York Little Theatre and the former Sunoco at Market St and Belmont Ave.

  3. Gruver’s Pharmacy in the 1950’s was located in the 1100 block of East Market
    St.There was a paint store next to it,going East Lincoln Highway Garage was
    next. Carl Gruver was the Owner.Carl was my brorher-in-law

  4. Maureen Welsh Horner says:

    I can tell you all about Wall to Wall Sound & Video cause I was employed with the company for several years. They started out as Listening Booth changed their name to Wall to Wall (York Mall) a record store selling just that-LP records, the video got added when the company started to get into selling electronics, TV’s stereos, etc. They opened up a Super Store in the old Two Guys Plaza and remained there until the company which was home based in Cinnaminson NJ went Bankrupt in the early-90’s. I have found memories of the company and it’s a shame they are out of business, it was a great place to work…they were “Clearly the Leader”…

  5. Judy Gruver says:

    Gruver’s Pharmacy was located at 1208 E. Market St. very close to the Lincoln Highway Garage. My father-in-law, Carl E. Gruver, was the owner/pharmacist for 38 years. He was a friend to all of his customers. One of his favorite stories was when Mamie Eisenhower came in for medicine because it wasn’t available from the pharmacy she used in Gettysburg.

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