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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

ABC Cleaners

 – Minot Printing Company – started business in 1923. Located at 19 East Central Avenue. Phone number TE 2-6124….. Harry Cook and Sons Plumbing & Heating – Their ad stated: “Just Dial TE 2-1108 and tell us your problems”. Harry started the business in 1937. In 1948 he and his two sons, Pat and Bob moved to their new location  at 400 9th St. SE. The building was best remembered for the neon sign which had a dripping faucet…… ABC Cleaners – ABC Cleaners started service in their first location in Minot in 1935. Owners of the business were bob and Bill Kondos, Jr.  As the business grew, they opened two more locations. 729 Second Street NW and 1344 Main Street South……

 South Main and 14th Ave
 Arrowhead 
 Oak Park

Monday, January 23, 2017

Gross Printing Company –

Gross Printing was established in 1913. In 1941,  Harry L. Johnson became the manager. Gross Printing prided itself in keeping pace with the demands for skilled printing service. Gross Printing included in their shop up-to-date facilities including a complete set of off-set equipment. They also did letter press printing.  Gross Printing was located at 507 West Central Avenue and their telephone number was Temple 2-7125

Friday, January 20, 2017

Coast to Coast

Buttrey’s Ladies Wear – Downtown Minot on main Street…… Grand Photography Studio – 108 west Central Avenue ……  Coast to Coast Store – 14 First Avenue SW. Coast to Coast started in business in 1957.  They were home owned and home operated. The owner of the Minot store was Glenn Simard. Coast to Coast carried items for the farm, sportsman, and the car.  Eventually Coast to Coast moved to the sout end of the Arrowhead Shopping Center….  Hoiland’s Floor Service – Odin Hoiland was the manager and owner. Hoiland’s Floor Service was located on Highway 2 East and specialized in ceramic and plastic wall tile, Armstrong Linoleum, and Formica Counter tops.. They did both commercial and residential installations.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gust’s Service Station –

 Gusts Super Service was located on the corner of Main Street and 4th Avenue (now Burdick Expressway), next to the Empire Theater. Gust’s was a Mobil Station selling Mobilgas, mobilubrication, and Mobil Permazone Antifreeze. They were old fashioned about courtesy and the “old Fashioned” service that earned service stations their name. Note in the picture below from the 1940's, the Empire Theater was not yet built as that happened in 1952. There was a miniature golf course in the Empire Theater lot but I have not been able to find out the name of it or any information about it, although I do have a picture of it


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Inventions 1972

1972 Calculator – an article in the newspaper on August 16, 1972 by columnist Sylvia Porter was devoted to the joy she was experiencing because she had just purchased a new calculator in 1970 (battery operated and from Japan) that could do all her calculations and be carried in her purse. It was about 5 inches by 9 inches. The price at that time was $390.00. In the fall of 1972 an American company was producing a similar calculator for about $100.00. Sylvia also went on to explain how to use the calculator and also gave a number of calculations to try in the new machine to make sure it was accurate. On a side note – in 1972 at Christmas when I was working for Kmart one of the hottest gifts was a similar portable calculator on sale for $89.99 (each). We could not keep them in stock. Another item at the same time was an LED watch that only told the time for the same price, $89.99

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Past Business of Minot



Olson’s Men’s Store (The Better Clothiers) -  at one time known as Borene’s Men’s Store was Minot’s oldest men’s clothing store beginning business in 1916. Olson’s featured Hart Schaffner & Marx, Stetson Hats, Arrow Shirts and Florsheim Shoes…… Ann’s Fashions – “Women’s fashions for the young at heart”. Started in 1957 Ann’s was located at 117 South main Street. ….. Big Red Furniture Warehouse – Located 2 blocks east of the Clarence Parker Hotel on Third Street SE by the railroad tracks. Big Red Furniture featured warehouse style selling which they claimed eliminated the middle man and saved the consumer money.



Friday, January 13, 2017

Toivo's Jewelry

The Bon Ton Shop – There motto was “Smart Clothes for Better Dressed Women”. The Bon Ton Shop opened in 1942 on Minot’s Main Street. They also prided themselves as being “Minot’s Smart Shop for Correct and Becoming Fashions” ….. Brannan Drapery Studio – Owned and operated by Leo Brannan they provided home fashion service to the area since 1957. Brannan’s was located at 6 North Main… phone number Temple 6-5233……Toivo’s Jewelry – in 1961 they were located one block north of  the Post Office at that time (now the Federal Building in Downtown Minot. They specialized in jewelry and watch repair. 1 week service guaranteed…. Short jobs the same day. Toivo’s also sold Black Hills Gold Jewelry.