Moving east here they are:
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1400 S. Wenonah
One of my childhood friends lived in this one when we were kids. This ad from when the store was a grocery is from the 1915 Bohemian directory. The store was later called Nemlaha's from about the 1930s until it closed in I believe the 1960s.
1446 S. Wenonah
This one was a grocery store in the 1930s.
1220 S. Home
The side lot of this store where the garage is now was a stable for horses. This ad is from the 1915 Bohemian directory.
1246 S. Clinton
This one was a grocery and then a bakery over the years.
1346 S. Clinton
This one was a tavern called The Home Side Inn in the 1930s.
1509 S. Clinton
This store was the United Tea Store in the 1930s
1346 S. Kenilworth
This one has a FASCINATING story! Here is an ad from the 1915 Bohemian directory for the butcher shop that originated there. By the 1930s a Bohemian Pilsen neighborhood butcher named Joseph Moravec moved into this home/store and opened a butcher shop. In November 1935 two armed bandits came into his store and tried to rob him. Moravec was killed but not before he wrestled a revolver from one of the robbers named Burl Harrison of 2716 S. Grove in Berwyn and killed him as well. The other robber was later caught. Amazingly the Moravec family STILL resides in the home until this day.
1400 S. Kenilworth.
This has continuously operated as a grocery store for an astonishing 90+ years. The store was owned by Simon Jurkovic for about 20 years untill he died in 2000. Simon kept the store and the rest of the property in immaculate condition with pride. After his death his family kept it for a couple more years before they sold the store. It became a Mexican grocery after that. This store will always be in my memories. I used to go there and buy single pretzels for I think 3 cents a piece out of a tall round glass jar. They had a big case of candy and a small deli case where they sliced meat with an old white enamel meat slicer. Of course they carried Bohemian Daisy Brand meats like Prazky from the Crawford Sausage Company. The store STILL has the same Salada Tea brand porcelain door push on the oak front door that has been there since the 1940s or 1950s. This is the last "inner neighborhood" small store operating in the City of Berwyn.
1401 S. Grove/6815 W. 14th St.
This store was originally a delicatessen operated by a Bohemian named Joseph Sikel. The store was later bought in 1961 by John & Antonia Pagakis and served as a showroom for their used office furniture business called Page Nichols. John died some years back and Antonia died in 2009. The Berwyn Historical Society purchased the building from the Pagakis estate in April 2011 for their new home. This building miraculously survived as a store even though it was not actually operating as an active storefront for the past 50 years. The interior is in amazing untouched original condition including the original 90+ year old tin ceiling.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/24/2011 03:53PM by Berwyn Frank.