Friday, November 27, 2020

A Glimpse Into Coronado’s Past– The Crown Shops

Photo is from the Collection of the Coronado Historical Association Archives. Photographer: Unknown. Date: April 5, 1928. Description: A picture of where Crown Shops are now.

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(The Crown Shops 2013)

Sifting through a variety of building and electrical permits at the Coronado Historical Association which Archivist, Sarah Dickey, found for me, I stumbled upon some terrific photos and information on some of the shops that once resided in the Coronado Crown Shops.

Clarence T. and Elwin T. Anderson appear to have been the owners of the property, leasing out different buildings to independent and chain store owners. With all the switching of hands throughout the years it was unique to see how some stores stayed the same.

(Crown Cleaners 2013)

The Crown Cleaners one hour laundromat was once One Hour Martinizing Company, a Dry Cleaning Plant leased in November, 1969.

Photo from Coronado Historical Association Archives. Photographer: Unknown. Date: 1970s. Sign reads, “One Hour Martinizing, the most in dry cleaning.”

The Farmer’s Insurance Group has seen a few changes to the lot space over the years.

Photo from Coronado Historical Association Archives. Photographer: Unknown. Date: Unknown.

(Where the Farmers Insurance Group lot once stood is now Swaddee)

Photo from Coronado Historical Association Archives. Photographer: Unknown. Date: Unknown. Photo of where The Fish Company stands today.

The Fish Company was once Oscar’s Drive In in 1946. Evenutally changing hands to become Cole’s Restaurant in 1971, and then again to become Fiesta Chicken in 1977.

Photo from Historical Association Archives. Photographer: Unknown. Date: 1970s.

Other shops that once stood in the Crown Shops outlet mall were Perkins Bookworm, Yarntree, Awesome Artist (now relocated), Reruns, and In and Out Alterations. It’ll be exciting to see what new shop will fill the vacant space that Awesome Artist left.

Greer Goebels

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