South Granville - Still Stylish

BY ŽENIJA ESMITS

A literal snipped of SG history. Here's a small sample of a couple of neighborhood addresses past tenants.

With a rich history in retail, South Granville has had many shops, come and go over the years and I've mentioned the turnover of shops in the neighborhood on several occasions.  This clipping sent by my dad has a couple of tiny adverts pertaining to mid-century South Granville. Dad had the clipping because he and my grandmother appeared in this particular issue of the Vancouver Sun in an article about DP's (Displaced Persons) coming to Canada from various parts of war-torn Europe. Personal history aside, this page of newspaper also had precious advertisements from the day. I was particularly delighted to find the references to South Granville and particularly my beloved Boboli. 

Vancouver Sun clipping - December 3, 1949

Vancouver Sun clipping - December 3, 1949

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2776 Granville St. Edith A Carrothers - Her eponymous shop with Distinctive Styles to Fit sat in the location where Boboli is today. One of the few stores to have been going strong in the neighborhood for over 20 years, Boboli will celebrate its 30th anniversary this September.

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2623 Granville has had a few incarnations in the past 10 years. Most recently JNBY (sadly missed) and most recently High Street Fashion. Back in 1949 it was Adele Beauty Salon. Still the place to beautify yourself we have salons galore on our stretch of Granville - some things never change.

Doing some minor research on the internets I found a few more addresses that could be accounted for. 2127 Granville and 2906 Granville

A portrait studio called  the Whitefoot Studio stood at 13th and Granville. What I think was an interior decorating or upholstery store - The Chelsea Shop Ltd stood at 2127 Granville where Guild House Antiques is (or is it?) Jule Ann Wellband Beauty Salon stood at 2906 (which doesn't seem to exist anymore?) 

Purdy's Chocolates used to be at 2843 and still happily sits on South Granville just a block away. The list of what used to be and what is goes on. Images are limited but our imagination can fill in the blanks

Do you have any old advertisements or photos of the neighborhood? We'd love to see. 


Posted on June 7, 2015 and filed under The Way We Were, Neighborhood Observations.