|Photo collection of Midge Frazel (Sweenor's Chocolates), August 2007|
Sweet Shopping in Garden City
|Cranston City Directory, 1956, p. 13, Mr. Melocarro's business ad.|
Shopping is a great pastime in the smallest state in the Union but is still second to wonderful food and going to the beach. When you can drive within the state in just a couple hours, it is hard to go anywhere else. My home state has a lot to offer and has many secrets.
In 2007, on the way back from a research trip in nearby Connecticut, we stopped at "The Plat" and then we went to Garden City to buy some candy at Sweenor's. I was pleased to see that it is still going strong even today. It even says 3rd and 4th generation confectioners. My grandmother would be pleased.
I used Google Maps to help me find the streets in Garden City so that I could once again enjoy the names of the shops of the past. The 1956 City Directory for Cranston, RI at Ancestry.com has the most familiar list and I easily found two listings for the streets. Sweenor's is in the list at # 58 which means it moved to a new location #43 when Garden City renovated.
|Cranston City Directory , 1956, p. 477|
|Garden City sign, 2011|
You can't talk about Garden City without a mention of the Newport Creamery. I am glad to see it is still there. I need some real coffee ice cream and lunch of course.
Mr. Melocarro donated some of the land for a school and I attended that school for grades 5 and 6 when the Oaklawn School became too crowded. It is hard to change schools at that grade and that is a story for another time.
I think it is wonderful to be able to look up places you went as a child and to see the history of those places on their Web sites. I hope you enjoyed this blog post!