[Chat] [Discussion] 3100 block of St. Paul

langwidge at comcast.net langwidge at comcast.net
Mon Mar 8 10:13:41 EST 2010



I used to shop at that A&P!! 






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From: "John Spurrier" <jfspur at hotmail.com> 
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Sent: Monday, March 8, 2010 8:29:05 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: Re: [Discussion] 3100 block of St. Paul 

Christine, 
  
I bet that Greg Alexander and Paul Williams would have some suggestions because 
they research the history of houses for clients. Also, old phone directories would 
be good source of information. You might find some at the Enoch Pratt central 
library. 
  
According to the history of the neighborhood written by Jacques Kelly 3101 was built in 1921 
as the Homestead Apartments and Drug Store and 3103-3119 were built as private residences 
circa 1923 and later converted to commercial uses. 
  
A Brief History of Charles Village written by Greg and Paul also mentions an A & P in the location 
later occupied by the Homewood Deli. 
  

John  
  
From: langwidge at comcast.net 
To: discussion at charlesvillage.info 
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 08:08:08 -0500 
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Subject: [Discussion] 3100 block of St. Paul 





Steve, 



Without going to the Dept. of City Records, is there a simple way to see what businesses were in the 3100 block back in the, say, 1920s? 



I think an interesting story could be written about how the block has changed/evolved—or devolved. 





Christine 






From: discussion-bounces at charlesvillage.info [mailto:discussion-bounces at charlesvillage.info] On Behalf Of Stephen J Gewirtz 
Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2010 10:50 PM 
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Subject: Re: [Discussion] The Chinese restaurant\ store front 



I just checked the Sun online archives (using free abstracts rather than paying for full articles).  Here is the abstract of an article from Aug 8, 1980: 




Silber's Bakery, a landmark Baltimore firm for 70 years troubled recently by health department reports of roach and rodent infestation, made its last deliveries yesterday and closed its doors for good. 


So Silber's closed in August, 1980. 

Steve 


On 3/7/2010 10:38 PM, Stephen J Gewirtz wrote: 

Christine, 

I'm fairly certain that Silber's was already in the Homewood Deli when the mouse problem occurred.  Maybe they were trying to save money by downsizing. 

Steve. 

On 3/7/2010 10:08 PM, Christine Gray wrote: 

Steve, 



I think you are correct. 



Maybe Silber’s was trying to hold on after it closed the bakery next door.  After a mouse was found in a loaf of bread, business was never the same!! 







From: discussion-bounces at charlesvillage.info [ mailto:discussion-bounces at charlesvillage.info ] On Behalf Of Stephen J Gewirtz 
Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2010 9:59 PM 
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Subject: Re: [Discussion] The Chinese restaurant\ store front 



Christine, 

I think that the Homewood Deli opened some time in the 70s, and I remember that it had a Silber's.  So I wonder if Silber's might have moved when the Homewood Deli opened.  That would explain both of our recollections about Silber's. 

One thing that I remember is that the Sun used to have a restaurant critic named John Dorsey who wrote a restaurant review once a week.  He wrote a review of the Homewood Deli in which he said that the Deli was a lot like Elsie's in Cambridge, Mass.  I have very fond memories of eating chopped chicken liver sandwiches and tongue sandwiches and of having milkshakes ("frappes" in the Boston area dialect) at Elsie's, and while the Homewood Deli was okay, it was no Elsie's.  Also, Elsie's was smaller than the Homewood Deli and was always packed with customers. 

Steve. 

On 3/7/2010 7:34 PM, Christine Gray wrote: 

Gary , when I was married in 1966, my husband and I moved into an apartment on St. Paul; we went to Silber’s.. 



John Spurrier said that he remembers the place as a Harley’s, like a Burger king, sort of. 



Before that, in the 60s, though, I think it was a Silber’s Bakery. 



There was another one on Greenmount, which used to be a wonderful shopping area—two movie theater, Woolworth’s, a great hardware store, Pecorra’s Italian restaurant, and a Silber’s. 



You can still see part of its art deco front.  I think it’s a men’s clothing store now. 



It’s on the right side headed north and in the same block as Mr. Nifty Cleaners. 





Christine 










From: discussion-bounces at charlesvillage.info [ mailto:discussion-bounces at charlesvillage.info ] On Behalf Of gary letteron 
Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2010 2:30 PM 
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Subject: [Discussion] The chinese restaurant\ store front 



Does anybody know what was formerly in the Orient Express location?  Or what store\company the store front was created for?  (Samebody said Silber’s…  but I don’t know what that was.) 



The deco glass front is distinctive. 



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