Keeping up with past and present happenings in a remarkable small town.
Wow! There's a sight I havn't seen in a lot of years. I used to pass that way frequently having lived at the top of Center Avenue hill. From the picture it appears the building is empty now.In many ways it sad to see the once vibrant town slowly fading away.
My brother and I used to stop at the Viaduct Market every Sunday after church when we were young to bring home the fresh cheese and Pasta for Mom and Dad. It was owned by the Ramondi family. They lived a few blocks away near the old Spaid shirt factory.It was truly a landmark store in Butler. Another favorite Italian store was owned by Butler Cavalero. It was located on Cunnigham Street across the street where May's music shop is now and down a few buldings.
A landmark in its own small building way...seen by thousands daily. Does anyone know the date of this photo? (It's been a while since I was in Butler.)
I lived on Ziegler Ave and since we walked everywhere we could always stop at Viaduct Pizza, right behind the store, and get a slice for 10 cents.
This photo is very recent. Take a good look at it. It is being torn down shortly for the new Wayne Street Viaduct. Swidinski's sold it to dave Yost who moved the store to the old Jake's Bar location on Center Avenue and is now called Yost's Market. Wholesale Plumbing is also coming down along with the brown building you see on the picture which is Dick's New and Used Furniture. He has been having a going out of business sale for years and this time he finally did!
Speaking of South Side, what ever became of the Chandler Bakery and Jimmy Barto's Atlantic station?
Mmmmmm! Chandler's Bakery...sticky pecan rolls and cinnamon rolls. What a feast and what an aroma!
My mom used to tell me about this market and the hot dog shop. I lived in Butler the first 5 years of my life. Does anyone remember Ruth Stover or Clinton Nevel? My mom and dad. I just found out from a long lost cousin from Butler, Eileen Krampert, that I was adopted and need info.
I happened upon your blog, and wanted to comment on the Viaduct Market. Yes, it's to be torn down soon. But something interesting, and funny, is on the side of the building. An ad for Pepsi has been there for years. The phrase "the pause that refreshes" is written, except that it's misspelled. It actually says "the pause that refrehes" (left the s out). My daughter took a picture of it, since we've always noticed it.
The Chantler Bakery building is still there at the corner of Center and Monroe St. It's been empty for years.
Update. Chantler Bakery had a partial roof collapse a couple weeks ago. The city taped it off and has condemned signs on the property. Circus Town parade wagons have been stored in the basement.
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It has been about 39yrs. since I've lived in Butler but I remember the Viaduct Market quite well. It seems, if I recall correctly that we called it the Viaduct Inn. Remember especially getting black olives there.
The Viaduct Inn was actually a bar right at the corner of Center and the viaduct. If you look at the open space on the right side of the Viaduct Market photo, it would have been right there.
We used to stop in the Viaduct Market back in the 1960s to get a piece of bubble gum with trading cards of "The Monkees" (singing group). Yes, those cards were popular back then! Viaduct Pizza Shop was one of the best in Butler back in the 1960s.The Viaduct Market, Viaduct Pizza Shop, Dick Fry's Used "Stuff" Store (where Dr. Spina used to have an office upstairs), the Chandler (Diehl) Bakery store, and the Eberle Building (once had a small grocery store at the corner of Fairview and Center) were all torn down within the last couple of years. Yost's Market (moved to the old Jake's Bar location on Center Avenue) did not survive. Store has closed.
Barto's Atlantic Station was torn down decades ago. The lot was replaced with a Donut Connection shop.
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