Remembering The Past: Old South Amboy Businesses

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-These memories are from former Morgan resident Chuck Muth: “The now gone Daylight Bakery was owned by the Mieso family in the 1960s. I went to Sacred Heart with Joanne Mieso. I remember the whipped cream chocolate cakes they made. My Mom would always buy one and bring it home. They were great!”

In the 1920s, William Tarallo owned a fruit and vegetable store on Stevens Avenue. They delivered orders for free. Kate DeSantis sold fresh fruit and vegetables, clams and all kinds of seafood. Her phone number was 473. The American House, formally Broadway Restaurant, was at 118 South Broadway and had a private dining room for parties.


Levin’s Deli was on Broadway, Anti-Rust manufacturing Co. on Gordon Street and Chair Caneing, owned by Walter Ely, was on Main Street.

Chapman Carpet Cleaning was on the 200 block of David Street, The Monroe Shoe Co. was on Broadway, with the phone number 522. F. Semoneit & Sons owned the Pine Avenue Flower Shop. The phone number was 501-J.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, 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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