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Many businesses got their start along Erie Avenue

June 17, 2012

Photo courtesy of St. Marys Historical Society Collection - The Lyn-Clare Flower shop on Erie Avenue when it was located in the basement of the Mullendean Hotel. Shown in the photo are original proprietors Evelyn Chase and Clare Geitner.

A number of notable local businesses got their start along Erie Avenue, one of which was the Lyn-Clare Flower shop, which was started by Evelyn Chase and Clare Geitner. The business was one of several discussed by local historian Ray Beimel during a recent presentation he gave at the St. Marys Senior Center on the history of Erie Avenue.
Beimel explained that "at some point, Evelyn became allergic to flowers," and remarked to attendees that "many of you remember she was a great one for making paper flowers. The reason she did that was because she couldn't be around real flowers anymore."

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