maybe after the summer gets hotter, this window will look like a Dali painting.
Gordon:I don't recognize the store front -- but the address seems familar to me -- what once inhabited 522 S. Saginaw Street?
Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care? Anybody?
Rich, not sure what this was. And no idea what's up with the art-school window display.
I will have to drive downtown to check, but jugding from what is across the street I would guess this is the Office Supply store that was just up from old Copa, Bakers Drugs, and Dales? I can't even think of the name of it, but it was a great store.
If you map.google it, there's a street view, and you can see it's right next to Flint Optical. Someone should title it 234-1212...
Was it Carlton's? Or was Carlton's the office supply store that use to be across from the old Sears store?
"Schaefer's" (sp?) was across Detroit Street from Sears.
That's the right spelling of Schaefer's. That business still exists under different ownership on Linden Road in Flint Township.When I was growing up, Carlton's was on the north side of Kearsley, I think, east of Saginaw. They're out of business now, but they may have been on Saginaw for a while.I think the most recent business at 522 was Time Systems, a temp agency. Presumably, thus the clocks.
Thanks clearing up some of the confusion with the names of the office supply stores. Carlton's was on Kearsley Street as you said and I think it was Carlton's that had to move to Saginaw Street.And speaking of downtown businesses -- does anyone remember King's Optical. You had to take the elevator in the Kresge building up to one of the floors to get to where they did business. I got my first pair of glasses there.
Carlton's ended up where the Rowe building is currently being pieced together. It was the home to the Local when I used to go there (2001-2003ish).
I'm pretty sure thats the old TIME building - and I think it is at 522. I had an art studio there back around 1990 - a couple of guys an a time clock business out of there.
HI SCOTT... MARK HERE... STILL IN ALEXANDRIA, VA?I STILL ENJOY "ATTACK OF THE BIRD PEOPLE" IN MY LIVING ROOM!
I STILL OWN 522... I AM RETIRED NOW AND HAVE THE LOCATION ON THE MARKET. NO RUSH FOR A SALE... BUT WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT PUT TO GOOD USE. IT SERVED ME WELL FOR 24 YEARS AT THAT LOCATION. FYI... TIME CLOCKS, PAYROLL SYSTEMS AND TIME STAMPS.
Here were the tennants for 522 S Saginaw (510 S Saginaw pre 1930).--Carlton M.E. Office Supplies: 1903 (or around there) - 1950 (then I've been told they moved to the Local location as stated above)--New Vanity Shoes: 1952-1957--Underwood Vacuum Cleaners: 1972-1981--Fashion Forward: 1982-1984--Vacant: 1985-1989--AAA Time Clocks 1991-2012Now there is a shoe shop in the back and it looks like a seamstress going into the front.I'd love to see pictures of Carlton M.E.'s storefront if anyone knows where some exist.There are a couple of pics of New Vanity Slipper shop. I haven't seen any of Fasion forward or Underwoods.Cheers,ALW
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