Photo memories from inside some former downtown York businesses

My friend Betsy Baird shared these with me a while back – a neat look at the interiors of some of York’s downtown stores.

Included are Dale & Co. on North George Street, where Betsy mentioned the Ramona later was; this store later moved to the Fluhrer Building on West Market Street, she added.

Also, there’s P. Wiest’s and Sons, in the first block of West Market Street.

Then there’s the McCrory’s 5&10 basement cafe.

And finally, here’s a look inside James McLean & Son.

Betsy, many thanks for sharing these! I would love to hear more memories of any and all of these!

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4 Responses to Photo memories from inside some former downtown York businesses

  1. Loved these photos. I couldn’t figure out why the chairs (and least I think they’re chairs) were covered in the P. Wiest’s and Sons photo. Any idea? It looked like a shoe section?

    • Joan says:

      See, and I thought maybe those were fabric samples, either for purchase by the yard or for use in hand-done work, which I’m not sure if Wiest’s did?

  2. Betsy Baird says:

    I think it must be fabrics they sold at one time. I did know a woman whom I called “Button-Nose” worked in the back of store when I was young. She sold things like aprons, I think some fabrics, the like. A show department was to the left of the store, in back. The cabinets probably had mercandise to sell. Mother worked in Wiest before I was born. In the men’s department, on right of the store when you entered. She said they would cover all the displays and/or (can’t think of word) stands every night before closing. Maybe the picture was taken at such a time, when the main displays were covered.??

    • Betsy Baird says:

      James McLean & Son was last aside of the York Bank on East Market St. It was originally owned by my Father’s Mother’s family – McLean.
      That was LONG before my time!
      Later, the store was known as Stillman’s.

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