I spent a lot of time exploring the new neighborhood on my bicycle. Many of my trips were to one of the two shopping areas, one at Taylor and Nela View and the other at Noble and Nela View. Those areas had everything we had at Taylor and Euclid and more. The main attraction for me at Noble Road was the Franklin Ice Cream store. At Taylor Road, which was closer and within easy walking distance, there was a drug store with great cherry sundaes for only 35 cents.
Noble and Nela View had the most shopping opportunities. That included Fisher Foods, Woolworths, Fred’s Bakery, a barber shop, a record store, a florist, and a great drug store. That drug store was Stonebreaker’s. Mr. Stonebreaker was the president of the East Cleveland School Board and much loved in the community. He is the one who signed my diploma, when I graduated from Shaw High School in 1958. He was known as “Stoney” to the neighborhood and he and his store filled the same niche as the Tobin Brothers did at Tobin Drug at Taylor and Euclid.
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