Market was once called Market Spot, shown in the photo
above. This historic photo imagery captures the business as it
looked in the 1930s.
A visit to Balboa Island
is simply a delight for tourists. What youu'll find that Newport
manages to cling to as other places such as nearby Huntington
Beach tears down its old shops is an historic look and feel that
you'll see in one special shop, Hershey's Market.
Shown in the photo above,
an image that can be seen along with other images and
memorabilia at the island's historical society museum, is
Hershey's Market as it appeared in 1936. The picture shows
the Hershey family operating the store shortly after they
purchased it. Names of the Hershey family members are written in
the photo above showing daughter Ruthy Hershey, looking very
contemporary in her casual slacks and jacket, Tony Hershey, who
has his head turned, and Mina Hershey. Tony & Mina were the mom
and dad, and Ruthy was their daughter.
The store signage include
"Spartan Grocers", quality meats, a bakery and prices such as 4
pounds of green beach for 25 cents, can only make us marvel at
how things have gone up. Also on the storefront is an
announcement that "We Deliver" with a phone number, 1000.
Today, Hershey's is one of
several markets on the island. On the other end of the island
near the Balboa Ferry is the
offering fresh sandwiches, sodas and snacks.
Marine Avenue and surrounding streets
are filled with more than 70 gift shops, galleries and restaurants.