Remembering Some Carteret Businesses

pastby Diane Norek Harrison

CARTERET-This is from my own research. The Carteret Boat Club was mostly a canoeing and rowing club, known as the home of the “Rocking Chair Fleet.” It was on Front Street between Gordon and Markets streets, where the Municipal Marina is now.

 In 1965, Dr. Wallace J. Durst, dentist was practicing in Carteret. Also there in 1965: Ciszak Plumbing and Heating on Roosevelt Avenue. Bond – “New Jersey’s Favorite” — Cleaners had a special in August. Trousers or slacks to be cleaned were 54 cents each. Extra bonus special during the month of August was any shorts or shells (mix or match), 2 for 79 cents. A single item regularly cost 59 cents for cleaned and finished.

Here are some businesses that were once in Carteret: Army and Navy Store on Roosevelt Avenue, Bus Stop Restaurant, Carteret Shirt Co., Cozy Corner, Dinky’s Pizza, Gem Tavern, Grant’s 5 & 10, Kepich’s Esso, Krocheck’s Pharmacy, Laboratory Service Inc., Analytical Chemists with John H. Conley as the president in 1972, Pete’s Diner, Price’s Men Store on Washington Avenue, Sabo’s Sports Shop, and Vic’s Taxi in the 1960s.

 If any of these businesses are still in existence, please send your history telling of your longevity in the area. This most likely will be the only past Carteret column I do this year. In over five years, I have only heard a smidgeon on past Carteret from readers. Send what you remember or have from the past of Carteret. I know there are a lot of memories out there.  Your name does not have to be used with your information, but please state that on the correspondence.

 If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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