A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 06, 2005
Gristede’s Mega Store (Gristede’s)
Gristede's has called it's large stores "Meg Stores." Gristede's has been in New York since 1888.

http://www.gristedes.com/ourcompany_history.asp
GRISTEDE'S HISTORY

In 1888, two teenage boys opened a little grocery store using all of their savings. This gas lit, scrupulously neat and clean retail store was located at 42nd Street and Second Avenue in New York City. In those days, this location was far uptown, for the big shopping centers were downtown, Lord & Taylor on Grand Street and Macy's on 14th Street.

But the store of Diedrich (Dick) and Charles Gristede prospered, close by the fine estates along the East River. The boys went without luxuries and sometimes without necessities. They were industrious and worked hard. People liked the idea that whatever they bought at Gristede's was the best money could buy. Housewives arrived on foot or by carriage in bonnet and bustle. Each brought her own market basket and took her purchases home with her. After several years, the Gristede brothers had saved enough to open another store, much larger than the first. In following years more stores were added. Electricity supplemented gas lights, and old store fronts and fixtures have been replaced by modern equipment.

At one time Gristede's stores were located in Westchester County and in Connecticut. The supermarket chain pioneered in meat departments, believing correctly that the shopper found convenience in doing business with the butcher under the same roof as the groceries departments. By 1938, there were 161 stores including liquor stores which were opened after the repeal of prohibition in 1933. Vacations - unheard of in the retail food business in those days, have been given to employees since 1897. On May 22, 1938, the brothers Gristede organized a 50th golden anniversary dinner at the old Hotel Astor in New York for more than 600 employees. The employees presented Diedrich and Charles each with a gold tray on which were inscribed the well wishes of their employees. The brothers sold the company to the Southland Corporation in 1969, and in 1986, the firm was acquired by the Red Apple Group. Today, Gristede's proudly operates over fifty stores throughout New York City, Westchester and a single store in Locust Valley, Long Island. 109 years of Gristede's Progress continues. Management, as well as shareholders, can well be proud of the history attached to the name of this New York "landmark".

(Trademark)
Word Mark GRISTEDE'S
Goods and Services IC 042. US 101. G & S: RETAIL GROCERY SERVICE. FIRST USE: 19220000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19391231
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 72410926
Filing Date December 22, 1971
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0962263
Registration Date June 26, 1973
Owner (REGISTRANT) SOUTHLAND CORPORATION, THE CORPORATION TEXAS 2828 N. HASKELL AVE. DALLAS TEXAS 75204
(LAST LISTED OWNER) GRISTEDE'S SUPERMARKETS, INC. CORPORATION BY CHANGE OF NAME FROM DELAWARE 823 ELEVENTH AVENUE NEW YORK NEW YORK 10019
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record NICHOLAS C. KATSORIS
Prior Registrations 0798866;0908343;AND OTHERS
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20030729.
Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 20030729
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(Trademark)
Word Mark GRISTEDE'S
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: COFFEE [ ,APPLE SAUCE, BOTTLED COCKTAIL CHERRIES, TOMATO JUICE, BREAD, AND ROLLS ]. FIRST USE: 19210102. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19640522
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 72200643
Filing Date August 26, 1964
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0801433
Registration Date January 4, 1966
Owner (REGISTRANT) GRISTEDE BROS., INC. CORPORATION NEW YORK 1601 BRONXDALE AVE. NEW YORK NEW YORK
(LAST LISTED OWNER) SOUTHLAND CORPORATION, THE CORPORATION BY MERGER WITH TEXAS 2828 NORTH HASKELL STREET DALLAS TEXAS 75204
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Prior Registrations 0567431;0667821;AND OTHERS
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL-2(F)
Affidavit Text SECT 15.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 19860104
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(Trademark)
Word Mark GRISTEDE'S
Goods and Services IC 029 030 032 033. US 046. G & S: CANNED VEGETABLES AND FRUITS; CANNED AND BOTTLED FRUIT JUICES; BOTTLED COCKTAIL CHERRIES; COFFEE; TEA; BOTTLED CIDERS AND VINEGARS; JELLIES, PRESERVES AND MARMALADES; CANNED SOUPS; CONSOMMES AND BROTHS; CANNED FISH; BUTTER; ASSORTED PICKLES, RELISHES, OLIVES; MAYONNAISE; CATSUP; MUSTARD; CHILI SAUCE; TOMATO JUICE; APPLE SAUCE; HONEY; PEANUT BUTTER; DRIED PRUNES; BREAD, ROLLS AND PASTRIES. FIRST USE: 19210102. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19640527
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 72314345
Filing Date December 12, 1968
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0908137
Registration Date February 16, 1971
Owner (REGISTRANT) SOUTHLAND CORPORATION, THE CORPORATION TEXAS DALLAS TEXAS
(LAST LISTED OWNER) GRISTEDE'S FOODS INC. CORPORATION BY ASSIGNMENT DELAWARE 823 11TH AVENUE NEW YORK NEW YORK 10019
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record LANCE J. LIEBERMAN
Prior Registrations 0798866;0811903;AND OTHERS
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20011212.
Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 20011212
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Posted by Barry Popik
Work/Businesses • (0) Comments • Saturday, August 06, 2005 • Permalink