Friday, 16 March 2012 18:51

What Stores "Use To Be" On and Near the Santa Fé Plaza (1900s-1960s)?

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What stores use to be on and near the Santa Fé plaza?  Only a few are still there from the mid-to-early part of the last century:  The Camera Shop across from La Fonda on San Francisco St. is one.   Kaune's Grocery Store, originally on San Francisco St., later moved to two locations, one on Washington and the other on Old Santa Fé Trail, which is still there.    What is the history of Santa Fé's retail stores, which were the cornerstone of the vibrant community in the early-to-mid part of the last century (1900-1960s)?

In this photo:  1900  The Catron Building on the Santa Fe Plaza.  Miss Mugler's Store on the left and Mrs. Wientge's store on the right.

Palace of the Governor's Photo Archives/No Photographer Listed/Negative #003056

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Maria Montez-Skolnik


Both sides of my family trace their roots in the Santa Fé area to the 1600s.  In the earlier years they were primarily farmers, builders, craftsmen, artists (wood carvers and weavers), and educators.  I graduated from SFHS & NMSU and received my BA & MA in Speech & Language Pathology. I divide my time between Santa Fé and the San Francisco Bay Area.  



  • Comment Link Polly Jackson Monday, 19 March 2012 18:04 posted by Polly Jackson

    One of my favorite places was Capitol Pharmacy. I loved their fountain (yes, even more than Woolworth's) and their old wood and glass display cases and very old cosmetics.
    They had the best greasy hamburgers I've ever had in my life!

  • Comment Link Arthur Scott Saturday, 17 March 2012 17:28 posted by Arthur Scott

    During the forties I remember on the east side of the plaza starting at the corner of Shelby and San Francisco and going north were the Santa Fe RR Ticket office (also where you caught the bus to Lamy), the Thunderbird Shop, the First National Bank, the Guarantee and Hinkle’s Department Store on the corner of Palace. Around the corner on Palace was the Cash and Carry Grocery, the entrance to the post office official parking and loading dock, and the post Office.
    Going down San Francisco from the corner with Shelby were Leed’s Shoe Store, Capitol Pharmacy, Gans Indian Store, Spitz Jewelry, Pfluger’s(sp?) Shoe store, Goodman’s/Moore’s/Seligman’s. men’s store, J. C. Penny and Woolworth’s. The Plaza cafe was also along here some where.
    Corner of San Francisco and Lincoln going north was an office building on the corner, I believe The Mayflower Café I don’t remember what occupied the present First national Bank site but I believe a garage. Time has faded many of these memories so forgive me if I am wrong and correct where needed.
    You have to realize that Santa Fe had no mall, strip malls, shopping centers or supermarket. I recall the first supermarket in Santa on the North side of Cordova road in the early fifties. Casa Solana was not developed and was what we referred to as “The Jap Camp.”
    The Plaza was the hub and center for all business. Those of us lucky enough to live within walking distance thought nothing of hanging out on the Plaza even when seven or eight years old. We just told our parents we were going to the Plaza. Answer was usually “Be home for dinner and don’t bother anybody!”
    We could even visit the museum alone and without cost and dream over the stage Coaches or go to the movies down the street on San Francisco. We could do all of this alone and without parental worry.

  • Comment Link David Stephenson Saturday, 17 March 2012 01:06 posted by David Stephenson

    I remember Spitz's jewelry, Penney's, a men's store, Pfleugger's (sp?) shoe store, and Woolworths on the south side of the Plaza from the late 50's. I think businesses moved around more than we sometimes remember.

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