Downtown Ellwood City, PA

Shoe Stores, Flower shops, Men’s Clothing, Women’s Clothing, Pool Halls, Candy Stores, Pet Shops, and of course Pe Wee’s Lunch. “Downtown” Ellwood City has been home to almost every kind of store you can imagine. From large department stores like Dambach’s and Murphy’s to the little Ma & Pa shops that have thrived here for many years.

    We can not list every single business in Ellwood City, but everyone that has ever lived here has fond memories of downtown. Whether they are memories of where you worked, shopped, or just “hung out”, there is always at least one place that you remember fondly. Whether the story you repeat the most happened at the Drug Store on the corner, or one of the multiple restaurants, maybe the flower shop where you bought your homecoming mum or the story about you and your friends at one of the movie theaters (Majestic, Manos, or the Liberty). If you are too young to remember the Majestic, ask someone a little older if they remember it. Not only will you get that story, but we will almost guarantee they can remember what was playing when it burnt down.

    It is always quite enjoyable to talk to someone and see the look they get in their eye when the memories they haven’t thought about in years start flooding back. The diners and drug stores always seem to bring back memories like nothing else can. When someone mentions the Lemon Blendd drinks from Albert Your Druggist’s or the Soda Fountain at Young’s Drug Store or the Ice Cream Sunday’s at Acme Lunch, it is almost as if the person can still taste it and are suddenly taken back to their childhood. Memories of food seem to do that. Whether it was the world famous pies from Margaret’s, the roast beef sandwiches from the Jayhawk, or the sausage sandwiches from Nick’s over in the park. Of course, as soon as someone mentions Nick’s Snack Bar the stories start flowing but we will save those for another time.

    The food isn’t the only memories people have of Ellwood City. Duck pin bowling alleys and pool halls have been everywhere in Ellwood. It seems that every other building in the “downtown” area has had one of these either in the basement or upstairs at one time or another. If it didn’t have one of these, it may have gotten people in the door by hosting weekend dances like the S.O.I. the Jaycees, and the Shuffle Shop. Of course you couldn’t miss the show at the Ellwood City Opera House, or one of the famous performers at one of the clubs, or the Saturday matinee at one of the movie theaters. Friday nights were spent at the local teen hangout like Willies, Winkys, or Johnny’s.

    Ellwoodians have special memories of each and every business In Ellwood City. Even those that haven’t lived here in over twenty five years still love their hometown. Like the memories Bruce Brenneman from Houghton, New York shared with us of Blochers Jewelery Store and that black marble front. Or the memories of her dad’s Barber shop (Turners) at the end of Lawrence Avenue that Linda Tidemanson in California shared with us. Once you live in Ellwood City, you are an Ellwoodian. No matter where you may move to, folks always consider Ellwood City their hometown.

     We would love to hear from you and about your favorite place to go downtown and the stories you have because of it. Please share your memories of downtown Ellwood City with us by sharing in the “comments” section below or email me at

23 thoughts on “Downtown Ellwood City, PA”

  1. Does anyone have any pictures of the Green/Shearer Bakery?? Also any memories of this place, would be Greatly appreciated!! My Grandparents used to own and run this!

  2. I remember it Sherry. It was on the left side of Lawrence Ave. in the 600 or 700 block as you walked towards West End. It seems to me it closed down early. Maybe sometime during the late 50’s possibly?
    I love coming to this site, but I get a sick feeling in my stomach when I read and remember what was Ellwood City, Pa..

  3. Yes the owned it in the 50’s my great grandfather owned it before that! Not sure when it closed they moved to Kentucky in 85. I know it was beside Andrews lumber. There is also a picture of my great great grandfather andrew melzer and his son on this site, they are in the Saxon band picture I have a picture of them but mine is different than this one on here. Thanks for sharing your memory:)

  4. I’m sorry Denise I don’t. I sure wish i did. Where was it located and what period of time, during your life, does this memory reside?. Might help myself and others to bring back some memory of it. I lived and still live on 600 block Wayne Ave.. I ran down 6th just about everyday of my life growing up, too. Bob or another Memory follower may have that one in their memory bank.
    I have a memory of Porter’s (I believe that was the name) Bob Stevenson will have a better memory of that one on the north west corner of 4th and Crescent Ave.. I remember one caddy corner from Rubino’s store on the corner of 2nd and Franklin Ave. and lastly the one on the north west corner of 4th and Lawrence Ave.. Sitting here those are the only one’s I have in my memory bank. And of course, I believe these were all mentioned on this great site before.

    1. D.J.–Are you by chance related to Tim Mudric? He was a few years older than myself. I’m 68. He lived on Chicken Coop Hill.

  5. There was another very small flower shop connected to the Manos Theater; I don’t remember the name of it. My friend Lois Mitchell Liebendorfer used to work there. It right was next to the parking lot. We used to get our flowers there and then in the late 50’s from Pete’s on the corner of 4th & Lawrence. It was across the street of my Dad’s barber shop.

  6. Linda-The one you mention is the one I was writing about which I said was on the north west corner of 4th and Lawrence. Your recollection of the location is much better than mine. Thanks.

  7. I think the name of the flower shop on Lawrence Avenue near the Manos Theater was Emma DeBortoli’s. I got my wedding flowers there. After my dad died in 2012, I actually found the bill for the flowers among all of his “treasures”. I don’t have the bill in front of me but if I remember correctly, it was $138.00.

  8. I sure do Donnie. He cut Tashe’s and my hair when we were working in the Tube Mill after high school. I can’t remember if I went to him while still in school. I might have since his shop was a couple doors down from my Mom and Aunt’s coffee shop. He was a very nice man, as I remember, but he was very slow. However, his slow pace assured you a very good clip. Mr. Metz he was quite the Gentleman.

  9. Sorry I don’t Donnie. I had neighbors who, as a kid, I would play in their homes. They all rest in peace now and I don’t know their first names to this day. Everyone was Mr. and Mrs. to me, as with you I’m sure out of respect, during our growing years. I even have friend who I have been friends with for 60 years and better and I didn’t know their parents first names till recently. Recently being in the last 20 years.
    On a kind of related story. I had an Aunt and Uncle who lived in Baltimore. The respect payed to people there was the use of their first name with Mr. and Miss only even, if married, To this day their are certain people I use that Miss when addressing them. I did it a lot with women I worked with at McElwain’s. Funny how memories pop up when on the wonderful site.

  10. Ernie, I know what you mean….Dennis Barto’s mom and dad were to be called Mr and Mrs (Per my parents orders) But…….. Mr and Mrs Barto (when we were at thier house) wanted to be called Ray and Helen. Sure got me into a lot of trouble when home lol. Donnie

  11. Mr. Agostinelli’s, who was the Father of one of my very closest friends to this day, was Mr. Agostinelli even in the mill. Same with Denny’s Dad. He was always Mr. Barto even in the mill. That’s just the way it was for us.

  12. Carolyn, Yes, I think it was Emma’s Florist Shop or something like that. The name Emma kept coming back to me, but not her last name. Thanks for the help. And I bet the flowers were beautiful. Emma always did a good job. I remember getting red carnations for the living and white carnations for the moms that had passed on for Mother’s Day at church.

  13. My boyfriend is from elwood city. I love the pictures that are posted. Is there anywhere I could buy a replica of any of these, specifically railroad photos. I appreciate any help people can lend I’m coming up empty on Web searchs and father’s day is quickly approaching.

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