Hobby store created by Russell and Mary Beth Benore in 1947 that grew to 27 stores and lasted 50 years. The first Hobby Center store was located at 916 Adams Street. The Franklin Park Mall store opened in 1971.
Russ Lumber & Supply Company (1959-1972). Grose Generator Service (c1970s). Grose later moved to Dorr Street near Reynolds. Gun World (c1980s) also did business at this address. Their sign is visible in the aerial pic. Various used car dealerships did business at this location through the late ’80s into the ’90’s. Possibly Jimal’s Bar for some time in the ’70s. Demolished c2020.
A small building and business once located near the northeast corner of Central and Fairbanks, next door to Central Avenue Snip. Owned by Robert Roberts. Demolished. Formerly: Central Avenue Barber Shop. Country Lane Beauty Salon. My Love’s Beauty Salon.
Bob’s Market was owned and operated by Robert and Eleanor Hoover (of 4036 McCord Rd). Opened late 50’s/early ’60s. Operated 40+years. Now the Daniel Overmeyer Veterinary Center. I’m told Bob’s Market was a great old-timey kind of place for the local kids to trade their allowance for candy.
Operated by James Mitchell (former pro wrestler). Demolished. Mitchell’s most well known rivalry was with Gorgeous George. After retiring from the ring, Mitchell opened a store in the Toledo area called Black Panther Carryout. The walls of the store featured photos and memorabilia from Mitchell’s career, and locals would come in to talk wrestling in addition to shopping. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 87.
Located on the northwest corner of Central Avenue at Holland-Sylvania Road. In 1958 the property was owned by Charles and Martha Adams. Kmart opened in 1967. Closed in 2006. Originally had an attached Kmart Foods store that became Centre Supermarket, then Food Town. Also had a Kmart Cafeteria, and in the early ’80s, an arcade room. Demolished in 2012. This location also included a Kmart Auto Center, also demolished. Site is currently unoccupied.