106th Street Shopping District
At the turn of the century,
the original East Side shopping district was located near 100th Street
and Ewing Avenue near the railroad station. In later years, the main
East Side shopping area moved south along 106th Street and along Ewing
Avenue between 105th and 106th Streets. Filled with bakeries, grocers,
ice cream and candy shops, theaters, and drug stores, this was the place
The main businesses
on 106th street in 1891 were as follows:
Type of Business
~178 (old address)
Gallistel, M. W. Bird Fancier
~178 (old address)
Gallistel and Son Real Estate
~180 (old address)
~corner of Ave. K
~corner of Ave. M
Butter and Eggs
~corner of Ave. N
This list only contains a half dozen stores and businesses in
1891, but in 2001, there are more than three dozen stores on 106th street
including, Harmony's Hamburgers, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Chapala Restaurant,
and East Side Cafe.
Mausen's Tavern (located on right) and
Willy's Hardware Store (located on left)
Mausen's Tavern, located around 106th and Ewing Avenue, was located
in a residential area. Later, this area became the main shopping district
of the East Side. Willy's and Mausen's were the only two businesses on
a residential street at the time that this photo was taken.
The George Willy Hardware at
10550 South Ewing Avenue in about 1915.
Hardware stores often provided gathering places for local men to join
each other and talk about sports, play cards, and gossip.
East Side Bank
Mausen's Tavern, seen here at the corner of 106th and Ewing, was demolished
to enlarge the bank's parking lot.
The East Side Bank was located in the former East Side Theater building
in the 1960s.
106th and Ewing in the mid 1960s
The expansion of the 106th Street shopping district is obvious in this
photo. You can see East Side Recreation (a four lane bowling alley), the
Ben Franklin store (a "dime store"), and Cohen's (a clothing store).
As you can see, the 106th street shopping district was a very important
part of the East Side history. Its shops and businesses will be in our
hearts and memories for generations to come.
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East Side Commerce