Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wallet Card visits Bazar Francais and M. Rowan

Two long-defunct businesses that dated back to the nineteenth century still have their signs up on Sixth Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets.

Bazar Francis, which opened in the 1890s, was America's first store to sell imported cookware. It was a predecessor to later stores like Crate & Barrel, who in fact got some of their merchandise for their first store from Bazar Francais.The store went out of business in 1975.

M. Rowan Ice Cream Depot opened in the late 1860s, and was out of business by the 1930s. Very cool that a store that has been out of business for over eighty years still has it's sign up.

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