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This page has been put into three groups, starting with small corner stores,  those mom and pop stores that you still see all over the City. The next topic are those larger stores, by the old standards, and specialty stores, including shopping centers. Finally, we'll look at Baltimore food stores chains, before most of them moved out to the Counties.

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Grocery Store, Baltimore Maryland
  Before the big food chain stores  moved in and showed up everywhere, Baltimore had small corner stores for folks to buy groceries. Sure ,  there were the markets), but when someone just needed a few items, it was the corner store that met the need. The store seen above was located in the 3100 block of St Paul Street , and the image below shows the inside of that store, circa the 1930's.
.St Paul , Baltimore 1930s food store




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How things have changed. A 1960's era postcard for Voshell's Pharmacy, and the same building in 2008 , the Pharmacy now a Deli and Carryout. West Baltimore City, Edmondson Avenue and Allendale.
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I haven't gotten much response on this, but I'll try again. Charles Fish and Sons, around the general area of Franklin Street and Howard Street. Anyone remember this place ?

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Just above the entrance way to a Laundromat at Monroe and Lafayette. Asked about this one, and people responded. Apparently a clothing store from " years back "


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Photos  - Courtesy of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Industry




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Above, just a few examples of local Baltimore businesses back in the day. A Bakery on Garrison near Liberty, and a interior shot of the Walbrook market in the 3100 block of West North Avenue. Below, an ad for Charles Inc. , a dress shop in downtown Baltimore  from 1923.

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 Coner Store Baltimore
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Closed up store fronts are found all over. The pharmacy about sits shuttered on Monument Street, in East Baltimore. The other small store can be found just off of Division Street in West Baltimore. Below, a 1901 ad for the Cushing and Company , a book store.
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   The Baltimore corner store. For years they could be found open all over the City. Many have closed up, and still others have been bought out and are now liquor stores or corner carry outs. Below, a 1957 ad for Southern Pets on Ritchie Highway.

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A store stands alone in Westport, South Baltimore. It appears to have once been a neighborhood store, now a liquor store. In North Baltimore,  on Harford Road, a very small " Variety Stop" appears closed up. An ad ( below ) from the 1923 Goucher College yearbook , Donnybrook Fair for the nearby ( at the time ) Chelsea Pharmacy.

 
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