Sunday, April 11, 2010
Wall of Brick
Located at 291 Fore Street, Hub Furniture has been an icon in the city, selling all sorts of furniture since 1913. I seem to remember taking various trips here as a kid, and while Mom and Dad did the serious work of trying to buy a couch or new living room chair, I loved running up the old, wooden stairways and around all the countless displays trying to get lost. The building hasn't changed much. A recent sojourn out on a Saturday on a quest for some new living room furniture brought us here. The first three floors looked quite the same: walls, stairs, ceilings, smells, some displays etc. With boarded windows and many glass panes broken out, the upper floors are no longer open. The building has an interesting history prior to being a furniture warehouse. I found out it was the home, for about 50 years, to the Curtis Sons Chewing Gum company that provided flavored and sugared gum to a national market. I never knew this! In life, some things remain the same; others change for the better or worse. In our world, we get to make the call.