Ideal Market Closes, 1999

January 17, 1999 IDEAL MARKET CLOSES CUSTOMERS BID GOODBYE TO STORE OWNER, FRIEND By Steve Kuchera, News-Tribune, Jan. 18, 1999 On Sunday afternoon, Harvey Winthrop did what he has done for years — he stood behind the counter at the Ideal Market and Bakery, greeting people coming through the door. But this time it was…
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London Road Hardee’s, 1995

June 1995 This photo, from June 1995 and apparently taken from atop the former Salter School building at 16th Avenue East and London Road in Duluth, shows a couple of chain businesses that are no longer there: A boarded-up Holiday Stationstore to the right, and a then-operating Hardee’s restaurant on the other side of 16th…
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Last Place On Earth, 1985

April 5, 1985 Last Place on Earth has some great bargains in records Bob Ashenmacher, Duluth News-Tribune How do they do it? How does the Last Place on Earth record store at 102 E. Superior St. sell the Top 30 albums and cassette tapes for $4.98 when many record stores charge $8.98? “We’re losing money…
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London Road, Circa 1960s

1960s   This view from sometime in the 1960s shows London Road in Duluth, looking west toward the Plaza shopping center, visible at upper right. The steeple of First Lutheran Church can be seen in the distance. Click on the photo for a larger view. Here’s a zoomed-in view of the Plaza, with a J.C.…
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Remembering The Spalding Hotel

Today’s News Tribune features an article on the 50th anniversary of the demolition of the landmark Spalding Hotel in downtown Duluth. The photo above, from the News Tribune files, appears to date from the late 1920s or 1930s. The hotel was demolished in 1963 as part of a larger urban renewal project. The Spalding was…
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