2603 Hillsborough, 1950s.
(Courtesy Old West Durham)
The three-bay commercial structure once located at the corner of 16th St. and Hillsborough Road appears to have been built in the early to mid 1920s, and was first home to the Hillsborough Road Drug Co. Midgett's Barber Shop was added by the late 1920s.
By the late 1930s- early 1940s, it contained Ferrell's Barber Shop, the Delite Beauty Shop, and Johnson's Soda Shop. By the mid-1950s, it contained Ferrell's Barber Shop, Fent's Place Restaurant, and the Petite Beauty Shop.
By the late 1950s, a store across the street (with a fantastic name) moved to 2603 Hillsborough - the Ideal Sundry. I'm not sure if a fourth bay was added to the storefronts at that time, as Ferrell's Barber Shop, Fent's Place, and the Petite Beauty Shop remained in place at 2605-2609 Hillsborough.
Per the Old West Durham website, the Ideal Sundry was operated by Mr. A.W. "Bill" Holmes. The site states that "Bill, always with a smile, would welcome his many customers. After school and on weekends, the Ideal Sundry was also a favorite meeting place for teenagers. [Kids] could enjoy a cold soda, select a favorite comic book or buy anything from toys to chips."
The commercial storefronts at 2603-2609 Hillsborough were torn down in the mid-1980s. The site is now a surface parking lot for Greystone Baptist Church.
2603-2609 Hillsborough, 06.06.09
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