More on Wells Avenue – (hey, why write when I have some damn good readers…?)

SMFoodKingHi Karl,
 
To answer John Harding’s comment about the market across from the Post Office at
Wells and Ryland in the 1960’s, it was the FOOD KING.  Just inside the door on the south side, was a most wonderful deli and an older lady made delicious sandwiches.
I never asked where she was from, but I bet she came from back east, because no one had anything like it at that time.  My dad worked nights and I think he spent many a lunch hour down there and enjoyed her sandwiches and conversation.
[I’M GOING TO JUMP IN HERE FOR A FEW LINES: THE FOOD KING MARKETS WERE ALSO, AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE ATTACHED AD, ON FOURTH & KEYSTONE AND HOUSED BEN’S DISCOUNT LIQUORS AND THE SMORGASBORD, AT SIXTH & VALLEY ROAD, NOW THE BAVARIAN WORLD – ed.]
 
As to the Dairy Queen being on Wells in the 60’s, I sort of think the first Dairy Queen was on the east side of Wells and probably down around Casazza Street.  This was before Park Lane Mall was built.  If it wasn’t a Dairy Queen, it was a place that served ice cream.  Maybe someone else can remember?
 
There was a small hardware store near FOOD KING and the POST OFFICE and it was BOGART BROTHERS SUNDAY HARDWARE at 215 South Wells.  Originally, a small building very close to Wells Avenue and then later, they built a much
larger building more to the west. Carl Bogart and his brother Larry ran the place and they had a very nice selection of nuts and bolts and I was always down there buying nuts and bolts, for a project I was doing.  Carl was very friendly but Larry
was a crab, so I tried to buy from Carl.  Carl became the Mayor of the City of Reno later on.
 
FARMERS BROTHERS COFFEE was at 135 South Wells and just north of BOGART BROTHERS HARDWARE.  They were there for many years.
 
Another place on South Wells in the 1960s [actually pre-WWII! ed.] was NEVADA NURSERY at 26 South Wells. The guy that owned it was an older Japanese and he was always smoking a cigarette and the place was somewhat run down, but lots of character.  I believe his last name was Fujii. [Correct; Kay Fujii] No high pressure sales and he knew his plants, that’s for sure.  Businesses like his made Reno very quaint and I wish he was still around.
 
Martin Schuster
THANKS AGAIN, MARTIN. KEEP IT UP YOU’LL BE IN THE PAPER EVERY SUNDAY MORNING…KARL
 
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2 thoughts on “More on Wells Avenue – (hey, why write when I have some damn good readers…?)

  1. Cal Aoyama & Mike Bertrand (RHS class of 60) and Bob Smith (RHS class of 59) all worked at Bogarts’ Sunday Hardware. Bob married Carl Bogart’s daughter, Joan Harris (RHS class of 60).

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