In her new book,Treasured Memories: Brushed with Love, artist and historian Shirley Gibson-Langille offers a collection of paintings and sketches of familiar city storefronts while sharing the stories, often personal, behind them.
Take, for example, what is now A-One Clothing Store. The first “A-One” venture for Joe and Bertha Keller was A-One Bakery, which they opened in 1938 on King Street across the street from Market Square (where Marc F. Raymond Opticians is now). Later, it would be known as A-One Groceries. In 1948, they got out of the food business and opened what is now A-One Clothing at the corner of King and Princess streets.
As it turns out, Gibson-Langille grew up in a home just a few blocks further west along King, and she remembers going with her mother to buy her father’s work clothes at the store.
“That’s quite a history,” Gibson-Langille said of the A-One name. “That’s four generations there.”