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Monday, June 12, 2017

1949 Memphis Shopping Center

Ask Vance posted this photo and accompanying information about the Bomah Shopping Center, which opened in 1949 at the intersection of Union Avenue and Cleveland Street in Memphis.  Being familiar with the gas station that now stands on this site, as well as the surrounding buildings, it is a little hard to imagine this somewhat sprawling building at that location.  According to Vance, the center housed a variety of businesses, including
Electrolux Corporation, M&W Friendly Shoes, Jack Frost hobbies and crafts, the Bomah Barber Shop, the Playhouse Toy Shop, The Wee Mart, Quaker Drug Company, Charles Owens Jewelers, the Kiddie Corner, Pola’s Maternity Shoppe, Brewster’s Card Shop, and Dino’s Restaurant.

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