Remembering The Past: Old Elizabeth Businesses

by Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH—In my March 3 column with memories from William Frolich, I announced it would be my last column with Union County material unless I heard from readers.

After it was published, I received the following in an e-mail: “I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed that article. As a born and raised native of Elizabeth, I enjoy and seek out any of the city’s history. I felt it was a good read and well-written. It was sad to learn that this is your last article of the sort.”


This came in a letter from Charles Staiter: “I enjoy reading your column and I hope you don’t end them. I’m a big fan and here are some of my memories: Some bakeries were Majestic Bakery on Broad St., North Avenue Bakery on North Avenue, Cake Masters on Sherman Avenue by Newark Avenue and later came Forleo’s Bakery on Broad Street.

“Some restaurants were: Pamel’s on Broad Street, Lynn’s on Westfield Avenue, Maingate on Broad Street, Blimpie’s on East Jersey Avenue and White Castle on Elmora Avenue.

“Some department stores were: H.L. Green’s 5 & 10, W.T. Grant’s 5 & 10, Woolworth’s 5 & 10, Goerke’s, Levy Brothers, Steinbach’s, Canadian Furs, National Shoes, Schulmann’s, The Libby Shop and Al Norman’s; shoes and clothes.

“There was the Ritz Theater, The Elmora Theater and the Liberty Theater. These are just some of my many memories of Elizabeth.”

Thank you to the two readers for your contributions!

Please send me your memories of Middlesex or Union counties at or c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey Street, Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201. Material will not be returned, so please send copies.

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