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One Reader Shares A Glimpse Into His Family’s, And Sheepshead’s, Past

The family of reader Saul Braksmajer in front of his grandfather’s grocery at 144 Neptune Avenue. Photo courtesy of Saul Braksmajer

After we posted a photo for the Morning Mug by reader Saul Braksmajer, he was kind enough to send us in a couple more images, with some local historical significance. Saul’s grandfather ran the grocery store, pictured above, at 144 Neptune Avenue, between Gray Court and East 11thStreet.

Saul tells us:

“The first picture is my grandparents, my dad, and my uncle in front of the store my grandfather ran in 1962. The second picture (Ed. — below) is the same spot, 50 years later (note the giant tree that grew in that time!).”

144 Neptune Avenue today. Photo courtesy of Saul Braksmajer

What I love about the top photo is that you can see that they have advertisements for Green Stamps in the window, as well as products such as White Rose Tea; Schaefer, Schlitz and Rheingold beers, and — something I’ve never heard of — dual filter cigarettes. They also sold giant Lipton mushrooms, which, as I previously mentioned, I’m not much of a fan of.

Does anyone recall shopping at this grocery store? Share your memories in the comments!

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  1. Thank you for sharing this picture on Bites. Yes my Dad would bring me to this store on Neptune I remember as it was like yesturday. Great service and wonderful people your Dad was amazing always took care of the customer. You bet he had Green Stamps at that time. Always fresh itams and produce. There are not many grocery stores like this one any more.
    Thanks again

  2. Yes, I remember the store also. For a small grocery they had reasonable prices.

    A lot of people don’t realize that the walks that go north from Brighton 10th Street all have names.

  3. There is not a single sign for Gray Court. I don’t know how many times I passed it without realizing there was a street there, I believe with addresses on it.

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