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Wards Corner History:

Around 1910 Alfred C. Ward, who operated a grocery store in old Market Square on the southeast corner of Market (then Washington) and Brewer Streets, opened a general store on the northeast corner of Granby Street and what was then Sewell’s Point Road (now Little Creek Road).  It was the only store in the area at the time, although it was said that a building of some kind had been in the vicinity since 1895.

Sometime after the business was started, Ward took on the Michellin tire line.  As a means of promoting the tire line, the Michelin tire representative posted signs on converging roads that read “Meet Mr. Ward at Ward’s Corner.”  Out of curiosity, people flocked to Ward’s Corner.  While some property owners int he area were displeased with the name, it stuck. At that time, and for many years later, it was all farmland, as these pictures show.

In 1926, two brothers, J. Buell and C.H. Tegg, built the first “log cabin restaurant” on the southwest corner of Sewell’s Point Road and Granby Street, specializing in what they believed to be the first “barbecue sandwich” sold in Norfolk.  It was a huge sucess, and in 1934 they added to and increased the size of their buidling.  About 1940 the brothers leased out the restaurant.  In 1950 the business closed and the site leased to Hofheimer’s Shoe Store, who erected the present building on the site.

-Carroll Walker, July 14, 1986

Wards Corner - Mason Creek map, 1812

Wards Corner – Mason Creek map, 1812

Wards Corner map, 1892

Wards Corner map, 1892

Wards Corner - 1926, Carroll Walker Collection

Wards Corner Texaco – 1926, Carroll Walker Collection

Tegg's Barbecue, Ward's Corner, 1929, Carroll Walker Collection

Tegg’s Barbecue, Ward’s Corner, 1929, Carroll Walker Collection

This picture should bring back pleasant memories to many residents of the local area during the 1929-1950 period.  It is a photograph of the first Tegg’s log cabin taken about 1930.  Renowned in this area for its delicious barbecue, its specialty.  It was located at Ward’s Corner on Granby Street and old Sewell’s Point Road (now Little Creek Road), where Hofheimer’s now stands.  Old Residents of the area state there were only one or two other stores there at the time – A Texaco gas station on the northwest corner (still there) and a drug store of some kind on the northeast corner.  THere were a few homes in the area, and there was still much farmland.  The business was begun by two brothers, J. Buel and Herbert Tegg, in May 1929.  They also operated a standard Oil gas station on the corner as shown in the picture.
Ward’s Corner was originally just a nondescript country crossroads in a lush truck gardening area in the 19th and early 20th century.  About 1910 a Mr. A.C. Ward opened a combination gas station and grocery store on the northwest corner of the intersection.  Sometime thereafter, so the story goes, an enterprising tire dealer in Norfolk induced Mr. Ward to handle tires for him, and placed ad signs on the converging roads reading “Mr. Ward wants to see you at Ward’s Corner”.  The name stuck.
The Tegg’s could not have picked a better location.  It quickly became a popular place for people traveling east-west and north-south.  Ward’s Corner was on the verge of developing – it would take off in a few more years.
Tegg’s business increased rapidly as Ward’s Corner developed and the effects of the Great Depression began to wane.  In 1934 the Teggs tore down the old log cabin and erected a two-story building that had a large banquet room upstairs, enabling them to take care of large parties, meetings, etc., in a more efficient manner.  The new building was ready in 1935.  Prices for the time were most reasonable: a plain barbecue sandwich cost 15c, a combination 20c, a Smithfield Ham combination 25c, a steak dinner 60c, etc., as their menu, printed about 1935 and reproduced here shows.  During World War II it was very popular with servicemen.  For a short time the Teggs later operated a diner at the same time on the corner of Granby and 21st Street where Shoney’s now is.
In the late Forties the Teggs decided to retire from the business and went to Florida.  Although they continued to operate the business.  About 1950 the restaurant was finally closed and the building taken down.  The property was leased to Hofheimer’s Shoe Store who opened a store on the corner in 1953. Pictures courtesty Mrs. J. Buell Tegg and are from the collection of CHW.
-Carroll Walker (undated)
Wards Corner - Tegg's Barbecue - 1930, from the collection of Carroll Walker

Wards Corner – Tegg’s Barbecue – 1930, from the collection of Carroll Walker

Tegg's Log Cabin / Academy Terrace, Circa 1932, Carroll Walker's Collection

Tegg’s Log Cabin / Academy Terrace, Circa 1932, Carroll Walker’s Collection

Tegg's Log Cabin Barbecue

Tegg’s Log Cabin Barbecue – The first cabin built by J. Buell Tegg was in 1926. Around 1934 he enlarged the first building to the size shown in this picture operating it with his brother, C.H. Tegg until 1941 when the Teggs retired from the business and leased it to another party, who continued to run the Restaurant. In 1950 the property was leased to Hofheimer’s Shoe Store who tore down the building and erected their own.

Tegg's Menu, outside

Tegg’s Menu, outside

Tegg's Menu, inside

Tegg’s Menu, inside

Construction of Midtown Shopping Center at Wards Corner, February 17, 1947

Construction of Midtown Shopping Center at Wards Corner, February 17, 1947

Archivists at the Virginian-Pilot came across this photo folded up in their photo files. It is comprised of three photos that have been taped and glued together. They did their best to digitally correct the fold and glue lines. It's of course Wards Corner looking south towards downtown Norfolk. The only date on the back is 1950.

Archivists at the Virginian-Pilot came across this photo folded up in their photo files. It is comprised of three photos that have been taped and glued together. They did their best to digitally correct the fold and glue lines. It’s of course Wards Corner looking south towards downtown Norfolk. The only date on the back is 1950.

Wards Corner - Midtown Shopping Center, circa 1953

Wards Corner – Midtown Shopping Center, circa 1953

Wards Corner - Midtown Shopping Center, circa 1953

Wards Corner – Midtown Shopping Center, circa 1953

Wards Corner, circa 1953

Wards Corner, circa 1953

Wards Corner circa 1955 - from the Norfolk Public Library

Wards Corner circa 1955 – from the Norfolk Public Library

Undated Wards Corner post card, Carroll Walker Collection

Undated Wards Corner post card, “The Times Square Of The South”, Carroll Walker Collection

Wards Corner Aerial 1956

Wards Corner Aerial 1956

Mercury Roller Rink, Corner of Taussig Blvd and Granby St, undated

Mercury Roller Rink, Corner of Taussig Blvd and Granby St, undated

Wards Corner circa 1975 - from the Norfolk Public Library

Wards Corner circa 1975 – from the Norfolk Public Library

Northeast corner of Wards Corner, April 3, 1982, Carroll Walker Collection

Northeast corner of Wards Corner showing Peoples Drug, Regino’s, and Smith & Welton, April 3, 1982, Carroll Walker Collection

Wards Corner, April 3, 1982, Carroll Walker's Collection

Wards Corner showing Barnett Hardware and Rice’s, April 3, 1982, Carroll Walker’s Collection

Hofheimer's, April 3, 1982, Carroll Walker Collection

Hofheimer’s, April 3, 1982, Carroll Walker Collection

orfolk Compass, July 8, 1985 - "Despite setbacks and increased competition, Wards Corner survives"

Norfolk Compass, July 8, 1985 – “Despite setbacks and increased competition, Wards Corner survives”

97 Responses to History

  1. John Knight says:

    Great job with the constant enhancement of this website and digitally publishing these photos. They remind me again, why do we now call our area “Wards Corner” instead of “Ward’s Corner”. If anyone knows, please email John at john@bookexchangenorfolk.com

  2. Timothy Fox says:

    This is GREAT! Thanks for adding this — we’ll add a direct link from our web page!

    We held a Chat w/ Suburban Plank Holders at our last general meeting (Suburban Acres) — and the information / history of our neighborhood, Ward’s Corner, and Norfolk that was shared was wonderful! It’s something we plan to do recurrently, as well as running a column in our newsletter. The first will be in our December issue, which will include excerpts from the chat in Nov. If you’re interested in seeing that, be sure to visit Suburban23505.com, and you can subscribe at the top right so that you will be informed when the newsletter is posted.

  3. Cecilia says:

    Wonderful history and pictures preserved via the Sargeant’s Room’s Robert Hitchings. Robert’s dedication; diligence; research and seer luck completes each task as if it is for his own personal library. Kudos, on another job well done!!

    • walter says:

      good articles,but,nothing about the coal,wood and feed business my grandfather owned in the late 40s.,named chesapeake fuel co. business was located the train tracks between granby and sewells pt. road

  4. Amado Narvaez says:

    I used to stop by Hofheimers when I was in junior high school to get free tickets to the Saturday “kiddie show” at the Suburban Theater. One week I got a ticket thinking they would show the kiddie show feature, and they actually showed “Ben Hur,” which was enjoying its first run at the theater. It would be great if someone could post a scan of one of those old kiddie show tickets.

  5. Jack Goldstein says:

    I really enjoyed reading this article and looking at the photos. My family and I lived in this area, and did a lot of shopping at Ward’s Corner. My parents told me about when Tegg’s Log Cabin and the trolley tracks were there, and there was still a lot of farmland between downtown Norfolk and Ocean View. They lived in Norfolk from 1946-48 and then from 1956-65. I came along in 1960, at DePaul Hospital. I can still remember going with my family to Ward’s Corner when I was little. My father had a real estate office on Granby St. in the 60’s.

    • Robert Hilliard says:

      Does anyone know when the trolley tracks went away? Was it an electric trolley? It would be nice to have them back now and be able to go up and down Granby from downtown to Oceanview!

  6. John Tegg Redman says:

    My name is John Tegg Redman Grandson of J. Buell Tegg. My Mother gave me the Tegg Name, because she loved her Father so much! I am proud to be a Tegg! Thank You So Much For This Website! My Grandfather and Grandmother were, ” So Wonderful People!” I miss them so much! I used to catch Fireflys at their house in Norfolk when we visited. God Bless You.

    • Bobbie Beddow says:

      My father was a very young Marine and told us stories of the Navy and the Marines back in the day at Wards Corner and the Log Cabin. My mom was born and raised in Norfolk (Granby Park) and NEVER wanted to leave that area. Seeing the pics from the 80’s was great and the Wards Corner that I remembered and loved. Unfortunately, now it looks terrible. Would have loved to have bought my Granny’s house at 126 Granby Park before the Academy bought the back lot and an apt building was sold for a 2nd lot. Everyone back then LOVED the Log Cabin.

  7. I worked for Haddaways Florist from 1981 to 1989 … I have fond memories of Wards Corner even before this!!

  8. Katieh says:

    I LOVE THE OLD PICTURES!!!! If anybody has more of them, please post them. Great job on the history too!! Wards Corner was IT BACK IN THE DAY!!!

  9. Jim Fann says:

    I was very curious about the “The Times Square Of The South” postcard photo, but saw that a lot of moire patterning was obscuring the image. I’ve cleaned it up in Photoshop, which I have uploaded to my website and which you can view here:

    I would have emailed the webmaster this image, but I could not find any contact info on this site. Please feel free to download and use this adjusted image on this site.

  10. Joe Postove says:

    My Father was Irving Postove “The Key Man” at Wards Corner from 1955 until 1987. He ran Wards Corner Key And Lock Company. No one could miss it because it was on a small island in the middle of the street in the Midtown side of Wards Corner near Little Creek Road.

    My Dad loved Wards Corner. He would usually get to work 45 minutes early to have a second breakfast at Peoples Drug Store. There he would schmozze with the regulars, have a coffee or two, some grits, and relax before the long day at the shop. I doubt there was a day of work where he didn’t go to People’s first, then just before nine head on over to work.

    There he would make keys, open locks, fix locks, open cars, dispatch the truck to help people locked out of their house or cars, and all manner of help for folks who needed it. In the summer, when I was older I went with him to work many times (not voluntary at first) and can say we had, perhaps, the best view of the whole shopping center. We saw traffic coming and going.

    There were so many places, now gone, that I would visit while supposedly working for my dad. I remember Suburban News across the street which was run by Ruth for many years. There I would look through all of the comics and make sure i got all of monthly regulars. I would try and sneak a peek at the Playboys, but not too successfully. Ruth could be tough, but as I got to know her, she was a dear dear woman.

    I would often slip into the Suburban Theater, if not for the picture, then just to cool off. I saw most of my movies as a kid at that movie house. There are too many places to name now, but I hope I brought back some memories, and maybe some old friends will see this post. Now that I know about this spot, I hope to come back.

    Wards Corner was a glorious place!

    Joe Postove


    • Kip Leach says:

      I remember your father. I was born in 64 and my grandfather used his service but knew him from peoples Drug Store as well. He used to go up to your father’s store (with me in tow) just to shoot the breeze. My grandfather was O.D. Leach and he worked at the downtown post office bldg. Later he worked at WC’s Wright Station and managed it for years before retiring. Your dad was always a very nice man.

      • Joe Postove says:

        Thanks, very much Kip! My Dad loved going to People’s in the morning for a half hour or forty five minutes before opening right at 9am. When I would work with him in the summer I would get a SECOND breakfast there. It was a great place to start the day, see friends, stay cool, and many times I would escape the summer heat of the key shop and hide away in Peoples. Sometimes K&K (it was closer) but peoples was nicer.

      • Kip Leach says:

        Another funny I remember about visiting your father’s place was my grandmother asking my grandfather (who was always punctual) where he had been on a few occasions. He had told her beforehand that he just had a few errands to run (grocery store and the like), but came home later than expected. He would say “I had to see about getting a key” or “I had to see a man about a key”, and she would give him that look and say, “Shee…….You’ve been standing up there talking and lost track of time again is what you’ve been doing.” It was always funny to see whether I was with him or not.

    • Kip Leach says:

      Just note on Ward’s Corner: My Aunt Harriet (not by blood-but by years of friendship) owned the Suburban News stand for several years and sold it in the late 50’s or early 60’s.

      It is so painful seeing all of these old places disappear like this. I took dates to Suburban Theater and frequented many of the businesses there. Breakfast was awesome with my grandfather at People’s.

      • Amado "Sonny" Narvaez says:

        Kip, the Suburban News Stand was my favorite place at Ward’s Corner. If I still had the comic books I bought there in the 50’s they’d be worth a small fortune!

        I went to the Suburban Theater often, especially to the Saturday Kiddie Show with free tickets that I got from Hofheimer’s Shoe Store. One Saturday instead of the usual kiddie show, the manager of the Suburban treated us to a showing of “Ben Hur” when it was on its first run!

        Ward’s Corner–“The Times Square of the South!”

      • Kip Leach says:

        I remember seeing the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers and many others three. It was awesome.

    • Pete Ivey says:

      I remember getting a key from your Father’s shop when I was 10 years old. It cost something like 35 cents. The island the store was on was where many people would get their bearings, after crossing over from the Ben Franklin side of Little Creek road. Then they would cross over to the Center shop stores. Pete Ivey

  11. Bobbie Beddow says:

    I remember the Key shop! My Grandma & Grandpa always used them. My Grandma was Howard Lambert who was the GM of Volkswagen on 26th & Granby.

  12. Bobbie Beddow says:

    Make that grandpa! Grandma was Anne Lindsay Lambert, youngest of the 12 Lindsay kids.

  13. Ann Struble says:

    We are new to the Wards Corner area and one of the things that strikes us most is that the Bondale apts look like they could have been military buildings at some point in time. Does anyone know the history of the Bondale Apts and surrounding houses? We are curious. My husband is active duty and we like to learn a little history about the places we live as it helps to feel some connection to our home away from home. IF they werent military housing, did they have anything to do with the time when the Worlds Fair was hosted here??

    • Robert Hilliard says:

      Did you find out the history of the Bondale Apts? They do look like old military housing.

    • Li b. Crowder says:

      The bondage apts and houses around it were built preparing for huge number of people heading to the area prior and during World War II.Depression was fading and the money was here. My husband ran a Pure Oil Service Station on east corner of Granby and now Little Creek Road. Known as Crowder’s Pure Oil Station. Great memories of the area.

      • Joe Postove says:

        They have turned into the “Bondage” apartments by now, I don’t know, but I lived in the Bondale apartments in the early 80’s and always felt safe and secure.

      • Joe Postove says:

        I meant to say “They MAY have turned into the “Bondage” apartments by now, I don’t know, but I lived in the Bondale apartments in the early 80′s and always felt safe and secure.

  14. Dawn Wood says:

    My mom Anne Buckley lived in the first house down the first street on Wards Corner. Her sister Linda lived across the street. My mom worked at a bar called “The Spot”. Thats where she met my dad while he had liberty from the Navy. Then they moved to Meadowbrook Garden Appartments. I guess they are not there any more. That was in 1959. We lost momma this year after being a faithful Navy wife and traveling the world. I got to see DePaul Hospital where I was born. It made me cry. So thankful I came home to Virginia although I left when I was less than 6 months old. God bless Virginia

  15. James B. Thompson says:

    My brother and I used to vist my grandmother on Marcy St. on weekends around 1955 and 1956. I still have many memories of Ward’s Corner of that era.Going to Cunningham’s Drug Store or Peoples Drug for ice cream, then to the Suburban Theater. I recall how nice the manager Stan Williams always was. We would visit Rose’s Dept. Store and Center Shops and Ben Franklin’s across the street. There also was a nice hobby shop behind Hoffeimer’s shoes.This was Ward’s Corner in it’s heyday, a really nice time to be young. A world when people were quite different.

  16. I worked at that Hobby Shop. Owned by Al Shoemaker who also owned the Old Virginia Ham Shop which I believe is still there across from the old Giant Open Air. Later on his brother Bobby who ran the shop bought the business and we later moved over next to Al. I worked for them when I was 14 and finally stopped helping Bobby out during Christmas in 1976. that was 13 years.

  17. david womick says:

    If you are a local longtimer, you went to Giant Open Air to get a Pizza. There was no delivery and everybody got their pizza there. My first job was a bag boy there in 1971. It was the Walmart of our times.

  18. Joe Postove says:

    Giant Open Air was a wonder to me! It was like a little fair. You could pick out your steak and they would cook it for only the price of the meat. It was almost as good (for a shorter time) as Peoples was for seeing people you knew. People’s was of course the best place to get a quick snack or even a full meal, 24 hours a day. My Dad was the locksmith at Wards Corner and when I would work for him sometimes in the summer, many times we would get to the shop early and go on over to Peoples for a second breakfast. My Dad knew everyone there, and the atmosphere was wonderful. There are very few places I miss as much as Peoples Drug Store!

  19. Edward Douglas says:

    My parents went to Wards Corner every Friday night. My father would go to the old Seaboard National Bank, later renamed Virginia National Bank, while my sister and I would go with our mother to either Ben Franklin Five and Dime or Rose’s. If we went to Rose’s then it was a sure bet we would go to Center Shops. When time for a haircut my father and I would go to Owen’s Barber Shop down across the tracks on Virginian Dr. We would always visit my aunt and uncle who lived on the old Waco Street, long before I 64 came through and took their house.

    • Joe Postove says:

      Did Roses have a lunch counter? Ever?

      • Edward J Douglas says:

        I don’t remember Roses having but Ben Franklin and People’s Drug did. When I used to go to WC with my mother on the bus (what an adventure!!) we would have lunch at Ben Frankin and sit at the counter waiting to see the bus coming down Little Creek Rd. When we would see it we would go running out and hop on board. Great times and memories. Oh, by the way, lunch always consisted of “The Burger Basket”!!

  20. David Womick says:

    I encourage all to check out the wall mural at the new Firehouse Subs when it opens there. You will see how the corner looked with Peoples Drug, Smith and Welton and the Turtle airplane

  21. Joe Postove says:

    Is “The Pancake House” still over where the A&P used to be? I worked for Jerry who owned “The Barn” and “The Pancake House” as well. The Barn was attached to the Admiralty Motel near Janaf

    • Kip Leach says:

      Hi Joe,
      Admiralty Motel was torn down years ago (late 80’s maybe) as was the Barn – now there is a Walmart there in it’s place. Pancake House was a favorite haunt of my grandparents in their later years (90’s) and they ate there often. As of about 7-8 years ago it was still there. Ate there one last time in their memory.

    • Amado "Sonny" Narvaez says:

      Yes, The Pancake House is still near where the A&P used to be. Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was open at night and many of my friends and I would eat there after work. Now they close at night.

  22. Joe Postove says:

    Hi Kip,
    I moved away from Norfolk in late 2011. When I did, Wards Corner was in a sorry state. They had even torn down my Dad’s little shop! I worked at the barn in the early 80’s and remember when it was torn down. I know that Jerry Renisis (sp) who owned that and The Pancake House and a little bar near the Chinese place (near the old Hofheimer’s) passed away some time ago.

    • Kip Leach says:

      Took my wife that Chinese place a few years ago. I remembered my mother taking me there when I was young. It was not how I remembered it – and she prefers not to remember it. It was not very good at all. I remember the little bar that was there too. Barnnet’s hardware, A&P, the little Kayo station……….. I even skated at the Mercury to meet girls as a teen. My god I’m feeling old……..lol

      • James B. Thompson says:

        The Chinese Restaurant you are referring to was the Sai Gai, next door was a bar called the Blue Parrot and later Jerry’s. (Jerry Rensis)

    • James B. Thompson says:

      I recall a very nice record shop called Edlestein’s on Little Creek Rd. next to the magazine stand. This would have been somewhere in the mid 1950″s

  23. Joe Postove says:

    I understand there is a Chinese buffet in the old A&P building.

  24. Joe Postove says:

    Reginos was the best place for good eats at Wards Corner. My Dad and I would eat there a lot. He never ordered Italian food, but always the same thing; chopped steak, smothered in onions and a salad and baked potato. I can still smell it. It was a great place!

  25. david womick says:

    Let’s not forget the old Burger Chef located next to the Giant Open Air. Also the Firehouse Subs opened today. You can check out Peoples Drug, Smith & Welton, and the Turtle airplane on their mural. There also numerous old Firefighter photos hanging on the walls there.

  26. david womick says:

    The Turtle 100% started at Wards Corner. It was moved to build the interstate

  27. Is this when there was an airfield along side of Granby Street?

  28. Pete Ivey says:

    Love the pictorial history. Grew up in Daniel Gardens in the 1950s and 60s, and Wards Corner was wonderful and exciting. the Suburban Theater and the Mercury Roller Rink plus the newsstand that sold comics, the Ben Franklins with it’s toy section in the back, and the pharmacy next to the Suburban theater with it’s great soda fountain section and popcorn machine. It was a great place and time to be a kid. Hi Jeannie and Connie Jones, Jimmy Finley, Michael O’ Toole, Bucky Johnson, Wesley, Larry Swain, Charlie Everett, Perry and Chester Long, James and Martin Loving, Larry Sullivan, Mark Goodno Sharon Mills, Robert Wilson, and many more of the great kids from that time.

  29. Marvin Stokely says:

    In the mid 1950’s there was the “Snowbird” soft Icecream store with sugar cones, a block from the railroad tracks, on Little Creek road across from the ABC store. Sometimes,people would be in line to get served.

  30. Gary Johnson says:

    I have photo of my Dad in Alfred’s Bar, Ocean View dated December, 1945. Is the name by any chance a reference to Alfred Ward?

  31. Charlene Riikonen says:

    I am looking for a picture and history of the big house at the corner of Grandby St and Lafitte (sp?) which was torn down some years ago. It had 56 rooms and a big porch on the front, owned by the Joynes family. My grandmother was the sister of Bony Joynes. Thanks!

  32. Would love more information about the Bondage Apts as well. My family moved there in 1954 -56 and they were called Sussex Apartments. I remember the A&P , the Suburban Theater and especially the Hofheimer Store with the monkey and the playroom upstairs.
    Brenda Highton

    • Joe Postove says:

      Brenda, While there may have been some “bondage” activities going on, the name of the apartment complex was Bondale. I lived there from 1981-83.🙂


  34. carole gilmartin jones says:

    I lived in Oakdale Farms in the late 40’s and early 50’s and my brother and i would walk to Ward’s Corner each Saturday morning for the kiddie show at the Suburban Theater. We would always stop at the drug store nearby and buy peas for our peashooters which we used during the whole of the kiddie show. Eventually they started to frisk us at the door of the theatrer and our peashooters would be confiscated,along with our ammo. We also used to go to Hofheimer’s to watch the monkey in the window and to obtain tickets as others have mentioned.

    There was a new department store built in Ward’s Corner during that period and they had the first escalator we had ever seen. Our game would be to run down the up escalator and up the down. Hmmm. Seemed like fun then. I loved my days in Ward’s Corner.

    • Pete Ivey says:

      The Dept store was Center Shop, it had a door that connected to a Roses five and dime. Now I know who was hitting me with the peas at the Suburban Kiddie shows. Do you remember the raffle for dollars based numer on popcorn box. I won it once a felt like a king (a dollar was a lot o money for a kid in the 50s). nice to know others share those good memories. Pete Ivey

  35. Kim Swecker says:

    I remember going to see Santa every Christmas on Granby Street in WC. So many good memories.

  36. Amado Narvaez says:

    I remember standing in line at Ben Franklin’s to see Santa.

  37. Pete says:

    Do you remember that there would be a band from either Granby High or Northside Jr. High doing Christmas songs in the Parking lot in Front of the Suburban theater.

  38. Sherry Boyd says:

    I remember Wards Corner and all the stores there. My mother use to take us there for shoes at Hofheimas’s and we would shop at Smith & Welton. But does anyone remember the name of the restaurant over the Giant Open Air convenience store?

  39. Alaynia lound says:

    I’m looking to see if I can find a picture of “tracks records and tapes “. It was a record store store I believe in that area circa 1977. Wondering if a pic exists on the internet. I don’t know exact address of the store. I know it’s no longer there. Please let me know if you know of anything. Thanks

  40. Pete says:

    I don’t have a photo, but I remember in the early to mid seventies they built a good size records and tape store. I think they renovated the Crossroads resturant and put the tape store there. It was sad to see, because, I think it put the little record shop next to the newsstand out of business. It was quite a deal a big deal when it opened.

    • Joe Postove says:

      Hi Pete,
      My Dad owned the key and lock shop at WC for many years from the 50’s till the 80’s. I think the first music store where the Cross-Roads restaurant was, was Tracks. The little record, which was really a great place with wonderful personal service that Tracks did not have was (I think) down from the newsstand and either close to or next to Melvin’s Deli. Ward’s Corner was a truly great place to hang in the 60-80’s!

    • Joe Postove says:

      I THINK that the Cross-Roads closed around 1969. Then they either built a new building or refurbished the old one and open a “Hub” men’s clothing shop. Someone here should know the history of that site.

  41. Pete says:

    Amen Joe, skating rink, kiddie shows, monkey and upstairs play area at Hoffimers, the amazing Giant open air with a pizzaria, bowling alley with pinball machines, a Pancake House with silver dollar pancakes, a model shop, Highs ice cream, Naas bakery, Ben Franklins with a toy section in the back of the store, etc etc. Plus it was a safe place. Adults loved and kept kids in line ( most of the adult men were war vets). Base ball fields for neighborhood kids in Suburban acres and Daniel Gardens. Great place and time to be a kid. Joe what were your favorite places, besides the key shop?

    • Joe Postove says:

      I hear that the Pancake House is still there. Do you know, Pete? They also had a nice bowling alley down at the end of that strip by the railroad tracks. I escaped the key shop lots of times to go there to play pinball. I wonder what’s in that building now?

  42. Joe Postove says:

    People’s was my favorite. I could spend hours there, while I was supposed to be working for my Dad. I could make a Tab cola last for hours while reading the magazines and talking to the other customers, most of whom I knew. Regino’s was the best place to eat at Ward’s Corner. I started going in there from the age of about 4 with my parents and sister. We hardly ever got Italian food, and my Father always ordered the same thing, Chopped Steak smothered with onions, baked potato and iced tea. They all knew him and didn’t really have to take his order. The knew what he wanted. Gosh, there were so many places. I hung out at the news-stand for hours (seems like I spent less time at the key shop than anywhere else🙂 and tried to get a look at the nudie magazines, usually unsuccessfully. Ruth was the owner and she and I could go on for hours talking about nothing in particular and having a great time. She was so super! And the comic book selection there was supreme! I would, every month get my new supply, usually “the Flash”, “Superman”, “Action”, “Adventure” “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen” “Lois Lane”, “Batman”, “Detective” and as many more as I could afford at 12 cents a piece. I usually bought some Archie books to cleanse the palate. Life was great at WC. I really loved the place. More memories later!

  43. Amado Narvaez says:

    I started going to the Ward’s Corner newstand in the 50’s when I was a pre-teen to get Superman comics. In my teen years I also found a great magazine called _Magic Handbook_ that taught how to make and form all kinds of magic tricks. I have many fond memories of visits to that store.

  44. Pete says:

    Don’t you wish you still had some of those old comics. I still have the original Flah vs Superman comic were they raced each other. Which elementary school did you guys go to? I went to Suburban park. My dad was the janitor at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. he had been discharged from the Navy for type 1 diabetes. I use to go to Sunday school there. I would walk up to the church with him on Sunday nights when he would close the church and other buildings up. I remember walking past the car lots along the way with the huge cars from those days. We would stop by a Highs ice cream or the drive in next to the church and get a drink on the way home. Forget the name of the drive in, but it was popular in its day.

  45. Joe Postove says:

    Pete, I had over two thousand of those babies for many years. All from the 60’s (except a few from the 40’s which I sent away for) and early 70’s. Man, if I had them today…YIKES! But when I moved to California in 1977 I lost them.

    We lived in Thalia in Virginia Beach most of the time my Dad had the shop (we lived in Riverpoint Apartments behind DePaul Hospital when I was very young) and so even before the interstate, my Dad made the trek out to WC about 7:30 every morning, which gave him some time for another little breakfast at People’s. He loved People’s even more than I did. He knew absolutely everyone, and basked in the friendship that was to be had there. Than at about 5 till 9, he would walk over to the key shop and open for business until 6 o’clock.

    I remember Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, it’s still there, no? It was where the interstate passed over, right. We were Jews and went to B’nai Israel Synagogue in Ghent.

    I can’t remember a drive-in at Ward’s Corner. Also where was the High’s?

  46. Pete says:

    You’re right Steve Burrough’s. I ger a drink there called a cherry smash, what was cool is they but a Maraschino cherry on a small plastic toothpick sword in the drink. I saved those little plastic swords forever, they were cool. The High’s started out on Burrough’s side of the tracks, just pass the little shopping area that had the small barber shop and diner run by Hati. It later moved next to Naas bakery. Great little bakery. I use to get this devil cake thing covered in a chocolate shell with a whipped cream like topping inside, really good.

    Joe you are right about Wesley’s location. Although when my dad worked there the interstate hadn’t been built. Joe did you ever go to the JCC near Granby High. My wife worked several summers there as a summer camp counselor, and I got recruited for the men’s softball team those summers.

  47. Joe Postove says:

    Pete, when the JCC opened in the early 70’s, I would ask my Dad about 2:30 if I could go over to the gym. I would swim, play basketball, it was a great place. About 5:30 I would come back to the shop, so that I would be there for my Father to take us home, or as was often the case to a baseball game. We would eat at Regino’s (there seemed to be no other restaurant for Dad at WC) and then go to an American Legion Baseball game. My Dad was a “bird dog” for my Uncle Harry who was a professional baseball scout. While he was on the road six months of the years, my Dad would scout out local talent for him and write up a report. It was all fun and I thought it would last forever.

    I sure wish it could have.

  48. Pete says:

    Great time and place to be a kid. Think about the freedom to walk and go to all the places we did as kids. Things were different. If we were acting “stupid” any adult could tell you to “straighten up” and you did. Wow, your uncle was a professional baseball scout. Did you follow baseball back then? If so, do you remember the 1968 Detroit tIgers St Louis Cardinals World Series? What an amazing come back. You collected comics, did you collect baseball cards to? Remember how big Little league ball was in our day. Pete

    • Joe Postove says:

      Yeah, Uncle Harry was a scout for the Chicago White Sox for many years, and then for a few other teams until he died in 1999. It was a big deal to have a major league scout in the family.

      I remember the Tigers-Cardinals series in ’68. It was a real nail biter! I never got into baseball cards. Comics were my game. And back then, I think, you were either a Marvel or a DC man, and never the twain shall meet. I was a DE devotee and also Archie, for fun. I was a serious collector; and I mourn the day the movers lost them.

      My Dad and I would also eat at Giant Open Air’s restaurant. You could pick out a steak and they would cook it for just the cost of the meat. It, to me, was even more fun than Regino’s. I really miss all of those supermarkets that had restaurants in them. It seems like they all did at one time.

      • Pete says:

        Joe, when you dined at Regino’s did they still have the jukebox? Did they still have the little selection boxes for the juke at each table. When we ate there I was a kid, and enthralled with selecting three songs for a quarter. Other than the lasagna , it was the highlight of dining there for me. Pete

  49. Amado Narvaez says:

    I think the banquet room at the Ward’s Corner Giant was called “The Terrace Room.”
    The Norfolk chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians held their annual banquet in that room back in the mid-1960’s.

    • Pete says:

      Wow, that is an interesting fact. I worked at the Giant as a bagger/ cashier from 1968-69 (then Uncle Sam requested my help). Can you visualize the painting of the Monitor and Merimac in the room. I can because as low ranking employee I ended up setting the room up and breaking it down on several occasions, along with a little help from other peons. Thanks for the interesting info Amado. Did you do magic?? Pete

      • Amado Narvaez says:

        I started doing magic around 1963–learning from books i found at the Bookmobile and at the Norfolk Library on Freemason Street. Shortly after that I joined a magic club for teenagers that met at The Magic Shop downtown. You can see some samples of my magic performances here:

      • Pete says:

        Amado, we had a kid big into magic in my old neighborhood. he started with one of those boxed kit with several tricks in it. I was 7 or 8 years old when he did a show for a bunch of us little kidss. He had this capsule he would open and there was a creepy looking eyeball. He close it and tap it a few times and vuela, no eyeball. Still can picture it in my mine. Could not access your link. Checked on Facebook, are you the Amado at Bayside High?

  50. Joe Postove says:

    Pete, when we ate at Regino’s they still had a jukebox and the little ones on each table. My folks would always play “Moon River”. Do you remember Dave (who managed the place) and George (who was the chef and owner I think). I had some fine meals there. When my Mom would come with us she would usually get Italian food and a pizza for all of us too. Dad would stick with chopped steak smothered in onions!

    • Pete says:

      I remember faces but not names at Regino’s, it was a rare dining stop ( mom liked Italian), my Dad paid so we usually went to Mason’s seafood in months with Rs for oysters ( I got a hamburger). Mason’s didn’t have the friendly ambiance or Jukebox. I liked Regino’s but in those days had no vote. Pete

      • Pete says:

        Just for fun, can anybody guess what movie is playing at the Surburban theater based on the stars listed on the Marque. If so what year was it released, and did you see it in the theater? Pete

      • James B.Thompson says:

        PETE: The Marque at the Suburban Theater listed the 1955 movie “The King’s Thief” also starring Ann Blyth and Roger Moore. Typical 1950″s sword and sandal epic.

  51. Amado Narvaez says:

    I taught German at Bayside High from 1970 to 1983.

    • Pete says:

      Amado, Did you know the PE instructor Mr. Peters by any chance?

    • Joe Postove says:

      I went to P.A. from 1970 until 1975. Bayside had the reputation (I don’t really know how deserved it was) of being the “bad boys” school. I know we had a kid come to Princess Anne from Bayside because he tried to burn down the bathroom🙂 I know that we had Coach Verspirelle as an assistant football coach after having a really hard time at Bayside.

  52. Amado Narvaez says:

    I remember there was a police drug/marijuana sting near the Bayside school grounds one year.
    That likely contributed to Bayside’s bad rep. The police rounded up not only some of the kids buying marijuana, but also some innocent student bystanders as well.

  53. Pete says:

    You are right James! Loved that old theater. Saw Ben Hur there, was packed, kids sitting in the aisles. Good job James.

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