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Uptown Merchants

King, Germain, Canterbury, and Prince William Streets in the city centre comprised the business district and remain important to retailers to this day, although none today are Jewish. These streets linked the uptown to the north end of the city.

A narrow store crowded with women trying on shoes during a sale. Boxes and racks of shoes line the wall.

Lubin’s Model Shoes


Home furnishings

Home furnishings could be found at Brager’s on Dock Street, Marcus at the foot of King Street and at Holtzman’s on Waterloo Street. Marcus and Holtzman’s were also pioneers in the sale of appliances, televisions and sound systems on their showroom floors. Fred Gauvin’s New Brunswick Radio Company on Germain Street sold and repaired radios, televisions and playback equipment.

For those who wished to furnish rooms in the style of earlier generations, a visit to the Antique Centre on King Street or Loyalist City Antiques on Germain Street was in order. Brothers Hyman and Max Kashetsky waited on customers for decades. For those of more modest means, second hand goods could be purchased at Gilbert’s or Fine’s on Mill Street, a section of road that connected Dock to Main Street.

Man in suit seated in rocking chair in doorway to shop with wooden dresser and table in background. Shop window to left filled with objects.

Max Kashetsky



Clothing stores abounded on Dock and Mill Streets. These included: Vogue Specialty Shop (Max Komiensky), Dreskins, Perchanok’s (Jacob Perchanok), Solly’s (Solly Goldberg), and Zave’s Mens’ Shop (William Meltzer). On the way up King Street, customers could stop into Bassen’s at the corner of German Street, purchase clothing for babies, children and teenagers from Tots and Teens and at Jack Calp’s, which later moved to Charlotte Street. Along Charlotte Street, American Clothing House, Hart’s Dry Goods, Essing’s, Lubin’s Shoes, Factory Shoe Outlet (Barney and Esther Everett) and Calp’s offered more options to outfit the family. King Square Credit Jewellers (Louis and Eleanor Citren) was adjacent to Green’s at the Head of King Street.

This is a long, narrow shop with shelves on either side holding boxes of shoes, hosiery and shirts.

Sam Gilbert’s Clothing


Residents of the “old East End” near Prince Edward Street could do their clothing shopping at Urdang’s Dry Goods, Quality Dry Goods (Hyman Feffergrad), Aaron Cohen’s Dry Goods and Ben’s (Ben and Anne Jacobson) on Prince Edward Street and at the Peter Pan Dress Shop on Waterloo Street. Hardware and toys could be found at Duval’s Hardware run by Jacob and Morton Paikowsky on Waterloo Street.


Man wearing round framed glasses and shop coat, standing in front of large cash register.

Duval’s Hardware

The Premium Cash Market on Charlotte Street (Jack Rabkin) and the Sun Ray Fruit Store on Waterloo Street (Moe Holtzman) were additional outlets to provide food for uptown families.

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