Friday, February 08, 2008
The Frank Brown Building
The Frank Brown Building - First Street - Delmar, Maryland
In the 1920’s Frank Brown had a Ford Motor Car business and garage in this building on First Street between East Street and State Street. Sometime about 1929 he went out of business and that building sit empty for a while until 1940 when it was used by a produce broker. Later in June of 1946 Luther “Luke” Mitchell started a dry cleaning and laundry plant in the Frank Brown building. The business went under the name “The Elite Cleaners”. He had previously had the Spotless Cleaners in Salisbury but in 1942 he was drafted and he had to sell the business. In the Army he was assigned to the Quarter Master Laundry Service, so the man had a lot of cleaning experience.
It is unclear at what time it happened but at some point he appears to have moved his business to the laundry (Nu Way) next to St Stephens Church on the Delaware side of town.
The Frank Brown Building stayed vacant a while and then a used future store, Furniture Plus, moved in it in the 1980’s.
It is empty again, but there was a discussion of a cabinet shop relocating to it.
Other laundry businesses at the time, in which future post will discuss them were;
In 1948 Charles Palmer had the Nu Way Cleaners on 1st Street between State and Grove and The Avenue Laundry service operated out of the Nero building on Grove Street.
1948 Ad for Elite Cleaners