— Woodbury’s. Woodbury Drug Store was on West Main and Woodbury Book Store was a fixture on North Vermilion. It was a classy place, filled with hardcover books, stationery, greeting cards, office goods, school and artist supplies, pen-and-pencil sets, pictures and nice gifts. Some of the sales people had worked there for 50-plus years. There was a painting of Jesus on one wall; a sign noted that it had survived a fire and building collapse and was “not for sale.”
— Old Palmer Bank. Fifty years ago, most banks resembled fortified temples, and the Palmer Bank — south side of the square — was a beautiful example. I remember the stone columns, white marble paneling, enormous brass light fixtures and the quiet efficiency of the tellers. The limestone exterior featured a huge thermometer.
— Berkowitz’s. This crowded little Vermilion Street shop specialized in leather luggage, brief cases, billfolds, coin purses, and the like. The owner, Joe Berkowitz, was a nice man, and a talented musician who also sold organs.
It’s fun to return to Memory Lane … Danville-style.
Danville native Kevin Cullen is a former Commercial-News reporter. Reach him at email@example.com.