Category Archives: Stores and Businesses

“There Is No Tavern In the Town, In the Town”

There were two aspects of life in Duquesne that were commonplace for virtually every hunky living in the area, as evidenced by the sheer number of locations. The first was the spiritual side of their lives. As early as 1902, … Continue reading

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Hopping Down the Easter Trail!

Today, my wife and I had to stop by Walmart to pick-up a few items we needed for an Easter basket that we were preparing. As I was walking through aisle after aisle of Easter candy, treats, baskets, decorations and … Continue reading

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Revisiting Eastland Shopping Plaza

It is very apparent that I need to organize things a bit better at home. Whenever I need to find something that I haven’t seen for a long time, inevitably it turns into a total upheaval of seldom used drawers, … Continue reading

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Hunky See, Hunky Do!

My dad was a master mechanic. If any of his customers were still around, they would attest to that fact. The man could drive a car around the down to the end of South First Street and be able to … Continue reading

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The 12 Days of Our Hunky Christmas

After spending over 35 years as a retail manager, I have formed some rather strong opinions about the celebration of Christmas in the United States. Granted, I realize that I was party to the commercialization and the ensuing chaos that … Continue reading

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The Streets of Duquesne and McKeesport at Christmas Time

“Take a look in the Five and Ten Glistening once again With candy canes and silver lanes aglow” As a kid, there was no other store that made me more excited about Christmas than the 5 & 10 Cent stores! … Continue reading

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Christmas Music To My Ears

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling” Up until roughly 1960, we had an old Crosley floor radio and phonograph that sat in our dining room. The turntable only had the capacity to play 78 rpm records, and our selections … Continue reading

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THANK YOU Duquesne!

Sometimes, inspiration comes from the most unlikely sources. My two daughters have been posting daily comments on Facebook about things they are grateful for. I began to think about how much I have written about Duquesne and my childhood over … Continue reading

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

I have always been a Christmas nut! Perhaps it’s because I’ve enjoyed a 35+ year career in the retail industry. Perhaps it’s because I have always been a cold weather person, enjoying snowfalls to the weeks of sweltering hot days … Continue reading

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Hunky Hawking

There was a knock at my front door today. I looked out of the sidelight alongside the door and noticed a bike that had been dropped at the bottom of the steps and knew immediately that it was Billy. Billy … Continue reading

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