The Spur Station opened on the corner of East Center and Sullivan Streets in May 1951. The service station advertised low prices and high quality gas. The station was conveniently located in the downtown business district. The opening weekend of the station was celebrated with balloons, prizes and free gifts. The company imported orchids from Hawaii to give out to women attending the celebration. The grand prize being given away was an Admiral “triple play” Radio and Phonograph Combination. Above is an image of the Spur Station taken in 1951.Below, employees of the Spur Station pose in front of the gas pumps and a display of dinnerware in this photograph taken in 1952.
The car, seen parked in front of the Chamber of Commerce on Broad Street, was brought to town to demonstrate the new U.S. Royal Nylon Life Tube. The tubes were advertised as providing better driving and riding safety. Dave Latham (left) from the U.S. Rubber Company examines the vehicle with G.T. McGuire, owner of a Kingsport tire company and George W. Fletcher, Kingsport’s chief of police.
The Sanitary Barber Shop, located on Broad Street, was owned and operated by B.B. Sullivan. From left are G.R. Walsh, L.L. Powell and B.B. Sullivan. The shop opened in the summer of 1916. The first customer was H.C. Brooks. In 1919, the store advertised that a gentleman could get a hair cut for 40 cents and a shave for 20 cents. The name was later changed to Paradise Barber Shop.
Hutch-Wallin Florist was located at 105 East Main Street. Formerly named the Magic City Floral Gardens, the shop was owned by Dr. Will Hutchins. Ruth Hutchins Williams, daughter of Dr. Hutchins, is seen below in front of the floral display coolers inside the shop. The name of the business, Hutch-Wallin, was derived from the boyhood nickname of Dr. Hutchins, “Hutch” and his wife’s maiden name, Wallin.