…where Tito’s Mexican Café is currently located on S. Alamo was once the A&E Grocery. It operated in that location for many years, well into the 1990’s. It had wooden floors and a meat counter in the back. The owner offered credit to his customers. Late on Fridays, payday I guess, customers would line up to pay on their accounts. The owner kept their accounts on small pads neatly arranged in a wooden box behind the front counter.
…there were all sorts of little shops and stores in the neighborhood back in the 1940’s. The Red & White Grocery was on the corner of Beauregard and S. Alamo. The Garden Fruit Store was where Rosario’s is now. Of course, St. Mary’s was once called Garden Street. Farther south on St. Mary’s, there was a bakery, Piggly Wiggly grocery store and Winn’s, which was a five & dime.
....At the corner of S. Alamo and St. Mary’s, there was Sommer’s Rexall Drug Store complete with soda fountain. Jordan Ford Co. was also located at that intersection where Goodyear is now. Johnny’s Barbershop, where my son Michael got his first haircut, was across from Jordan Ford.
…when we would look down the street on the morning of the King William Fair or Home Tour to see if ANYONE might be coming to the event. The streets would be empty except for residents.