Sammy's Grocery Store
Chestnut Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607


For years now I've been trying to recall a small grocery somewhere, and can't quite remember... 
The one that's been floating around in my mind and driving me bonkers (I know - How can I tell?!?)
was also on Wickham, but on the opposite side of the street from
the pool, and of course I've no idea
what block that might have been.  Was it called Sammy's, maybe? 
- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 09/22/05

Sammy's was on Chestnut Avenue between 22nd and 23rd. I lived on Hampton Avenue near Oak
(right across the street from the Flaxes) and I remember going to Sammy's on my bike for ice
cream or sodas and "charging it."  When my dad went by Sammy's on Sunday morning for the
paper, he would pay off my charges!
- Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 09/22/05

Oh, thank you so much, Karen!  You've no idea how that's bothered me! 
It's awfully hard to look for something if you don't know where it was!


Has anyone made mention of Sammy's, that little hole-in-the-wall store on Chestnut Avenue?
Pam (Smith Arnold - '65 - of VA) (of Cousin Pam fame) and I would stop there every Wednesday afternoon
following choir practice at
Chestnut Avenue Methodist. I loved the "Dots" on the paper and the JuJuBees.
It was a highlight of our week, believe me. Probably blew 5 or ten cents there each time we went.
We were big spenders, even back then.
- Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA - 01/29/06
Thanks, Patsy!


East Side, West Side

Words and Music by Lawlor and Blake - 1928

Down in front of Casey's
Old brown wooden stoop,
On a summer's evening,
We formed a merry group;
Boys and girls together,
We would sing and waltz,
While Tony played the organ on
The Sidewalks Of New York.

East side, West side,
All around the town,
The tots sang "ring a rosie,"
"London Bridge is falling down."
Boys and girls together,
Me and Mamie O' Rourke,
Tripped the light fantastic
On The Sidewalks Of New York.



(This page was created 09/22/05, when Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL solved
one of my most annoying mysteries!  Thank you so much, Karen!.)

Fruits and Vegetables clip art and Grapevine divider lines courtesy of - 06/09/04

"East Side, West Side" midi courtesy of - 06/09/04

"East Side, West Side" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/12/03
Thanks, Dave!

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