Three old Hollywood Park businesses, each with deep connections to the neighborhood.
Plotkin’s Pharmacy was located at 3334 W. Bryn Mawr, and owners Irv and Bea Plotkin lived in an apartment behind the store. Their nieces, Arlene Silverman Andreson and Rhonda Silverman, attended Peterson Elementary School during the years I did.
Harry Block, who sent me a comment to an earlier post on this blog, attended Peterson some years before me. His first job was delivering prescriptions for Irv Plotkin, ten cents a delivery plus tips.
Irv’s Barber Shop was at 5607 N. Kimball, in the space formerly occupied by the ever-popular Mitch’s toy store, which existed before my time but thanks to Dick Whitman for telling me about it.
Irv Olsen was the owner and another barber, Bob, also worked there. A classmate of mine, Lenny Lowe, told me Irv photographed his young customers and posted their pictures on the wall, with cutouts of body builders pasted under their faces. I’ve also been told that when business was slow, Irv was known to visit with Frank, the owner of the hot dog stand next door.
The small poster propped up against the lower right side of the window with the word DAY is an announcement from Arie Crown, a Hebrew day school that was at the time located five blocks south of the barber shop on Kimball. I think Les-On Drugs is reflected in the barber shop window.
Bryn Mawr Fair Hardware, 3309 Bryn Mawr, was a personal favorite. My mother went to Maury’s for small things like extension cords and rubber doorstops or getting lamps rewired and screens repaired, but it was loads of fun for me. My grandfather owned a similar hardware store in Beaverdale, Pennsylvania, where my mother grew up. Same dusty displays, bins of tiny parts, nails and screws sold by weight. We felt right at home, and Maury always made us laugh.
His full name was Maurice H. Munson, and he owned the store for 32 years, until 1982. He lived in the neighborhood, just blocks away near Bryn Mawr and Kimball. Maury Munson’s son, Arnold Munson, attended Peterson.
In the background of the photo you can see the Bon Shar dress shop sign. The store, owned by the Sadowsky family, was named for daughters Bonnie and Sharie, who also attended Peterson.
That’s how it was.
Credits: Thanks to Marty Marcus, author of the novel about Hollywood Park, for sharing these photos he took on a return visit to the neighborhood in the 1970s.
Related: This page lists most of the Bryn Mawr Avenue businesses, their addresses, and their owners.