Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Here's a lovely photo of the long-lived Flower Market on West Center Street (I believe it was first seen in 1958) - just look at those dazzling fake blossoms! I've always wondered how well they sold; apparently well enough to keep them there for almost two decades. I'd rather look at the artificial flowers as opposed to plush dolls or ODV carts, but I'm weird. You could even buy a plastic apple, orange, or banana; this is probably where the Swiss Family Robinson shopped for produce.
According to some websites, the Flower Market moved from West Center Street to East Center Street in 1977. And yet... this photo (from 1971, like the previous one) shows that there were flowers for sale on East Center Street much earlier (there's the Hallmark store). I also noticed that this side of the street was already covered in brick pavers - something that I didn't think was used until decades later.