At a time before automobiles ruled the streets, most of Akron’s leading stores, theaters, and hotels were located along South Main Street. Trolley’s and horse carts added to the bustle of downtown.
The O’Neil’s department store featured large display windows along the front and sides of the massive 800,000 square foot building where seasonal displays were set up for viewing by the public. During the holiday season, large elaborate animated Christmas displays pulled in visitors from all over the area. Visiting these displays became a well-loved holiday tradition for…
The Portage Hotel was located downtown at Main Street and Market Street. The hotel replaced the former Empire House Hotel in 1912 and served as Akron’s leading hotel until being eclipsed by the modern art deco style Mayflower Hotel in 1931.
Michael O’Neil and his partner Isaac Dyas began serving Akron shoppers in 1877. Their first store was a dry goods store located at 114 East Market Street. Before being sold in 1912, O’neils had several locations in the Akron Canton Area.
With a single dry goods store at 114 East Market Street, Michael O’Neil and his partner Isaac Dyas began a retail empire that is still remembered by Akronites. In 1912, O’Neil sold his popular stores to the May Department Stores Company for $1 million. His well-respected name continued to serve as the brand until the downtown location (built in…
Michael O’Neil and his partner Isaac Dyas began serving Akron shoppers in 1877. Their first store was a dry goods store located at 114 East Market Street. In 1912, O’Neil sold his stores to the May Department Stores for $1million. The massive 800,000 square foot building in downtown Akron was constructed in 1927-28. The store operated in…
Quaker Oats mills looking down Akron’s busy Howard Street. The Flatiron building is seen here towering above the Interurban streetcars.
The streetlights outside the J. Koch Company, the Grotto, Lewis Jewlery and the Buchtel are all aglow on this chilly night in Akron. Main Street is busy with Interurban cars and trolleys shuttling Akronites in and out of town.
C.L.U. Hall, Walsh Block, 65 S. Main St, Akron, Ohio.
Located on Main Street, Akron’s Scotts Store was a popular five and dime with a lunch and snack counter.