Businesses

The Valleydale Pigs - Once in the Hearts and on the Lips of Area Residents

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“The music goes zoom zoom; The drummer goes boom boom; And everybody shouts, Hurray for Valleydale; Hurray for Valleydale; All hail, it's Valleydale. (cymbal) Valleydale sausage; (cymbal) Valleydale wieners; (cymbal) Valleydale bacon; Zing, zing, zing, zing, Valleydale; Hurray for Valleydale; All hail, it's Valleydale.”

The Hart and Houston Store of Johnson City Was Once Described as a Palace

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The Hart & Houston Store that once occupied 315-317 E. Main Street was advertised as “An Institution With An Ideal.” It was listed in several city directories under the classification of a dry goods store, defined as an establishment that sells retail products that do not require refrigeration or freezing to maintain.

Drug Stores Eagerly Wanted Patrons to “Try the Drug Store First”

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A Monday, July 27, 1925 Johnson City Press-Chronicle contained a unique full-page advertisement that caught my attention. The main title said, “Try The Drug Store First.” The premise of the ad was to get patrons to subscribe to the idea that a drug store sold much more than drugs, a concept that carries well over to today. 

Independent Trucker John Hughes Became Dependent on Hicks Produce

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There was a time in Johnson City history when produce stores and stands were bountiful with such names as Burbage, Lowry, Sell, Deck & Noe, Gilmer & Garland, Street & Dougherty, Tittle, B&B, Lacy, Willis, C.W. Lane, McKinney, Tri-City, Garland, Kelly, Bond, Crouch, Miller, E&T, Ben Garrison (bananas) and Hicks (tomatoes).