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The Memoirist

The Penny Candy Store

Remembering the simple memories of an “unscheduled” childhood

The two-story building where my Grandparents lived, now run down, with a tavern on the ground floor.
Photo, Google Street View, 2021.

My paternal grandparents lived in a flat above a tavern on Hopkins Street in South Buffalo. Even in the ’60s, the street was down in the mouth, within pollution distance of Bethlehem Steel, where my grandfather, father, and brother worked. Visiting them required a climb up a steep set of stairs leading into a vestibule with…

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