Never enough stores
Random Island had about 2000 people when I was growing up, and of course a major metropolis like this needs somewhere to shop. So lets see, how many stores were there? I’ll probably miss a few but and misspell more, and only trying to list those on the go in the mid 70’s…
- Boyd Smith’s – Petley
- Ivany’s Cash Store – Lower Lance Cove
- Fred Burt’s – Brittania
- Art Vardy’s (I think?) – Hickman’s Harbour
- Lislie Blundons – Hickman’s Harbour
- Charlie Martin’s – Hickman’s Harbour
- Willis Pelley’s – Lady Cove
- Mrs. Burt’s – Lady Cove
- Fred Reid’s – Weybridge
- Hefford’s – Snook’s Harbour
- Ron Reid – Snook’s Harbour
- Bax Baker – Snook’s Harbour
- Vick Smith – Snook’s Harbour and….
- Apsey Brook Buying Club – Apsey Brook
The last one, people called ours, but it wasn’t, it was a co-op, owned by 3 or 4 families, and over the years run by May Smith, Cecilia Smith, Alice Smith and Mom. I can’t say I recall it being many places, it’s last location was the old shop building across the road from our house, and we ran it, but I do recall being in that same building somewhere else, I think down on Alice’s garden, but it’s foggy.
A lot of these weren’t stores like now, they had no “hours”, you just went to the door of the owner/operator and asked to go out. Some had more things than others. There was a freezer in the one in Apsey Brook, with some staples like pork chops and fry beef (who remembers fry beef?) and Braddock’s sausages. Treats like Screwball Ice Cream, Buried Treasure, Long Treats, and of course Hostess Chips in the foil bag. We sold salt beef by the piece, and sliced frying ham and wrapped it in waxed paper. Potatoes were in 50 pound bags and sold bv the each or the pound. And of course, we had Carnation mill and tea. Remember Red Rose tea with the little cards in them? Brown paper was on the big roll with the straight edge to cut it off. Our cash register was a drawer with old bowls nailed to the bottom.
One of my favorite memories was of Uncle Larry Leawood coming to buy cat food. He always called it pullit cat food, cause he had been reading the french side of the label. God I loved that man, so full of hidden surprises.
Some of the stores had much more, Boyd Smith and Fred Burt both sold furniture as well as groceries, and you really could manage to get by without leaving the island if need be. I don’t know how any of these stores really made a go of it, there were so many for so few, but they lasted for years and years.
What did I miss? Leave a comment and let me know stories of stores back home.
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