These pictures may not be directly related to one of our stores, but a friend of Dad’s who was in the Navy, stationed on Guam during World War II provided these pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
If you look in the IMAGE Section of the website, you will see a picture of Eddie Cantor and Dad making a radio commercial for WELCH’S WINE. It seems that Welch’s Grape Juice Company had a batch of fermented grape juice and decided to turn it into wine for sale. Anyway, Eddie Cantor was hired to do the voice of the product launch.
The funny thing is that I contacted WELCH’S FOOD to try to obtain additional information on the campaign, and no one at Welch’s even knew about the product. They were very surprised when I e-mailed them the Eddie Cantor Picture for their archives.
Sometimes I have a recurring dream about the store and its exact layout. I can’t drive by that building without thinking back!
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I was a young mother with 4 kids in tow at Flotkens. Frank always greeted us with a smile. One time after loading up a grocery cart I found out I had left my wallet at home. I asked Frank if I could pay him later. ” No problem!” I volunteered to write him a note to tell him what I owed, or sign the receipt. “You’ll remember”, was all he said.
You should have seen the reaction at Schnucks when I checked out with two items I had forgotten for a dinner party in an hour and then I realized I left my wallet somewhere. I even offered to leave my watch as collateral! They looked at me like I had two heads. After scouring the grocery store I found a friend who could lend me the $3.00. Gone are the good old days and friendly faces! We still miss Frank and the produce. And we still live in Olivette, now for 52 years.
Those were the days–the plastic produce bags (that I am sending to you) don’t have the name on it, but your dad got them for me. Hope you like having them. We all have so many memories of the store.
(A long time Olivette Resident)
Selma Fox, long time resident in Olivette remembers Gramp’s 39th Street Market, Dad’s Kingshighway Store, the Olivette Store and our St. Louis Centre Store.
She particularly commented about the outstanding meat and produce departments. She even had a favorite butcher who taught her how to cook non-kosher meat when her family made the change. She is thankful for the many recipes that her butcher gave her.
Selma is now 90 years old and called me from Texas to share this information.
I loved your store. Especially the fruit and meat department. I think the name of the head of the fruit section was Mike (actually it was Frank) and had gray hair, always pleasant to all of us. I loved that you carried Mrs. Hulling’s split layer cakes.
Indeed, we remember Flotken’s Market. We left Kansas City in 1956 to live in a neighborhood in Chicago where our nearby Kroger Store butcher said he ground up the brisket for hamburger. From 1962 to 1977 we lived in the St. Louis area where it was such a pleasure to shop at Flotken’s where they knew what a brisket was, and HAD matzos, and chopped liver. I remember the butcher who knew his meats and wore an apron for his duties. Our daughters grew up with the Flotken kids. We lived in St. Louis until 1977; then moved back to our home town, Kansas City where friends and family from the St. Louis area come visit us. We send our best wishes (along with our nice memories) to all the Flotkens. Charlene and Norman Meltzer; daughters, Sydnie Meltzer Kleinhenz (Houston, TX) and Carole Meltzer Goggin (Hillboro, MO).
Gwynn Nobil Loomstein :
Gwynn wrote: “I worked 2 doors down, and always got the turkey salad or was it chicken salad. Help me out (it could have been either). It was 1979 and loved when they picked out the fruit. I still don’t know how !!!”
|Harry Liebman posted on Remember Flotkens.com’s Wall|
|“My brother was a checker at Flotken’s on Olive/Schulte. When I ran away (7th grade?), I stopped in to let him know so nobody would worry! And I also remember Mr. Romeo. He said the best cantaloupe is the third one you touch. He had a little store of his own years later in Richmond Heights near an apartment of mine.”|
Jill Kranzberg commented on Remember Flotkens.com’s photo.
Jill wrote: “One night we were eating dinner at the Chinese Restaurant across the street and we ordered the green beens, they had run out of green beans so they ran across the street to Flotken’s to get more.”
Ben Schultz commented on Remember Flotkens.com’s photo.
Ben wrote: “I don’t have real clear memories of it, but remember that it was the best place to shop from U City to Creve Coeur.
Keith Dodel commented on Remember Flotkens.com’s photo.
Keith wrote: “Very cool indeed! I wish I had met your pop, sounds like a great guy.”
|Dean Barad posted on Remember Flotkens.com’s Wall|
|“I have good memories of Flotken’s Market on Olive Street Road in the 1960’s. Mr. Flotken behind the meat counter and many times Mike working there. Down home friendly service and great food quality. “|
Jill Schupp commented on your photo.
Jill wrote: “Whenever I think of Flotken’s, I think of my Grandma Helen…that was HER grocery store! Wonderful memories of both…”
Linda Pevnick commented on your photo.
Linda wrote: “Love this idea. Always think of the store when I pass the building too.”
Jeffrey Stiffman commented on your photo.
Jeffrey wrote: “I drive by the buildinhg every day and wish it were still Flotken’s. Frank’s smile lit up the place and everything was fine!”
David Biernbaum commented on your photo.
David wrote: “I remember the outstanding produce. Best in town.”
Dayle Kline (friends with Susan Fadem) commented on your photo.
Dayle wrote: “Flotkins was THE only place in town that consistently had the best produce. So my mom always said, she would make sure to stop by whenever possible because she knew she could trust them.”
Nancy Weisman commented on your photo.
Nancy wrote: “There was ALWAYS a hug waiting for me at Flotkens!”
Great place to shop, really friendly staff and it seamed like Frank was alway out in the store to help you if needed.
Gramps used to tell of one of the ways that “Gussie” Busch built the Budweiser brand in St. Louis. Back in the 1920’s, and then after Prohibition, there was a tavern on just about every corner–hence, the phrase “neighborhood tavern”. Anheuser Busch employed an army of sales people whose number one priority was to keep the A.B. Brands in front of the people. Each salesperson had their own particular route that included taverns, grocery and liquor stores. As soon as an A.B. salesperson would enter a tavern, he would take a regular broom (they used to be called “Corn Brooms”) and lean it against the building on the street outside of the tavern. People on the street knew that this was the sign that the A.B. salesperson was in the bar and was buying beer for anyone inside.