Remembering The Past: Old Carteret Businesses

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

CARTERET-Here are some businesses that were in Carterest in the 1950s: Rockman’s Tavern & Liquor Store was on Randolph Street, Wood’s Formica and Cabinets was on Oakwood Avenue and Carteret Gulf Service was on Washington and Roosevelt Avenue. On Roosevelt Avenue were: Aaron Rabinowitz Hardware and Paints, Economy Chevrolet, George Yuronka Travel Bureau, Godney Chevrolet and Young Moderns Kiddie Shop. Uliano’s Barber Shop was on Rooosevelt Avenue in West Carteret and there was also Frank Hovanec’s sewing machine store.

In the 1960s was: Alys Dress Shop on Pershing Avenue and Toth’s Photo Shop on Cooke Avenue, which sold a Kodak slide projector for $47.50 and a Kodak camera kit for $8.95 and up.

In the Carteret Shopping Center on Roosevelt Avenue were Loft’s Candies, W.T. Grants, and Gertrude’s Specialty and Youth Shop. On Roosevelt Avenue were Frank Borwn’s Department Store and Lillian’s Dress Shop.

Fashion Credit Jewelers and Pete’s Diner were on Roosevelt Avenue in West Carteret.

In December 1960, “It Started in Naples,” starring Clark Gable, Sophia Loren and Vittorio De Sica, was playing at the Ritz Theatre. The theater also offered a 1 p.m. matinee of “Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure,” starring Gordon Scott, Anthony Quayle and Sara Shane.

Does anyone have memories of the Carteret School of Dancing, which was on Edgar Street?

Send your own memories about anything listed in this column or of anything else that used to be in Carteret to be included in a future column.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your past material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201


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