The 1910 Colorado Springs City Directory lists 132 retail grocers. This was back before the advent of the household refrigerator. Prior to the shopping carts and turnstiles of the first self-service grocery store. In the days when chicken cost 18 cents a pound and you could get a stalk of celery for a nickel.
This was when there was an independent grocery store on every block in Colorado Springs. Well, at least 132 blocks.
And quite a few of these neighborhood buildings are still around. I took a random sampling of 16 addresses from the 1910 retail grocer listings; only 4 of the original structures have given way to parks and parking lots. The other 12 are still standing. In fact, 2 of those are still serving as local groceries!
Here’s a quick look at some of Colorado Springs’ more interesting historic grocery facades:
717 N. Weber Street, 1904
1910: David Wishart Groceries, Meats & Bakery Goods
749 E. Willamette, pre-1903
1910: George W. Dawes Grocer
Today: The Little Market
1528 N. Tejon Street, 1909
1910: Counts Bros. (Francis M. and Lewis M.) Grocer & Meats
Today: J.V. Bruni & Company
501 N. Wahsatch, 1904
1910: Charles L. Binkert Grocer & Meats
Today: Stoner’s Coin-Op Laundry
117 E. Fontanero, pre-1900
1910: Thomas J. Morse & John H. White, Grocer & Meats
Today: (in planning) Tamyonka Lofts and The Fontanero Market
Photo Credit and Info for historic photograph at top: copyright Pikes Peak Public Library District. Gift of Clarence Shemwell, Image 001-543. Pictured is Bridger Grocery in 1909. Located at 24 N. Tejon, JH Bridger Wholesale and Retail sold “Groceries, Meats, Poultry, Fruits and Vegetables”. This building is currently home to Blondie’s Nightclub in downtown Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs City Directory, 1903-1910 Volumes.
“Advertisement.” Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colorado. (January 8, 1910): p. 12.