Zeigler's was right on South Orange Avenue,
on the same block as Garrs Bakery and Sunny B's. Half a block down
from Munn Ave. by Vailsburg park. I have so many fond memories of
hanging out there when I was a little girl.
Gus Zeigler was the original owner, and Ritchie ran the place.
My dad helped out there allot. When Gus retired (I think to Texas)
Ritchie, took over and became the new owner. He would let me get
behind the counter and help heat up the little soups, and put the
sandwiches in the little toaster oven. Guess that's why I'm still
working in food service!!!
He sold everything, tobacco, magazines, little gifts, temporary
tattoos, dolls....anything you can think of as well as the regular
luncheonette and newspaper stand items. He died in the late 70's
or early 80's if I remember correctly. I had already moved to Union
by 1970, but dad still helped out there for years.
Its so incredibly sad to drive down South Orange Avenue now, I
just keep that old black and white photo to remind me of the good
times. As a matter of fact, at Easter, my sister and I always had
to show off our new coats and bonnets over there, Mr. Zeigler's
apartment was right above the store, and we would go pick up our
Easter Baskets from Mrs. Zeigler.