The grocery stores that were still in operation in downtown Tulsa in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s served the many that lived in the boarding houses, apartments and hotels. I feel that some of the doors I was researching came from such little stores.
Notice the hardwood floors and hanging light fixtures. Ritz Crackers were introduced in 1934. If anyone has ANY IDEA what brand of coffee the sign is referring to, let me know. I blew it up and zoomed in but am still stumped.
UPDATE: Mike R. correctly ID'd this coffee brand as Airway Coffee- thanks Mike!
Here is a Safeway grocery store that was located at 18th and Boston in 1939: And Standard Grocery store downtown at 1st and Boston. Looks like the 1950’s: And last of all, here is Scudders Market, circa 1964 that says they are “now selling groceries”: (photos courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society)
There is a revival of sorts going on around the country. As many downtowns are revitalizing (like Tulsa) and people are returning to live in the downtown areas, there is a return of the little grocery stores as well. And I think that’s a good thing.