White Plains Historic Businesses & Organizations

This entry is an updated version of White Plains, NY: A City of Contrasts in the chapter on “Businesses and Organizations.”

White Plains (WP) has a number of businesses and organizations that were established before 1940:  139Hecht Hardware established in 1904, is one of the city’s oldest businesses and has been located at the WP Mall since the early 1970’s. The store’s previous location on Spring St (demolished) was affected by Urban Renewal so it moved to mall. The mall houses a number of long time businesses and the DMV. Westchester Train & Hobbies, Chillemi Shoe Repair (established 1949) and Franklin Clock Shop. There are now plans to demolish and replace the mall.

M.L. Condon (lumber) Company on Ferris Ave  from 1912.

Lee’s Funeral Home established in 1915 is now on Fisher Ave.  Sam’s of Gedney Way, a restaurant since 1932 is still located on the street but it had moved to its present locale in 1969. See their website for more information.  Amodio’s Nursery on Mamaroneck Ave dates back to 1939 while Tighes Tavern on Martine Ave opened in 1935.

141The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was established back in 1896 and moved to 250 Mamaroneck Ave in 1928. In 1967, the older building was renovated and expanded. YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester dates from 1929 and more info is in another entry on N Broadway.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester was founded in 1929 and is now located on Central Ave. The Rotary Club dates back to 1919.

142The 1928 Belmont Hotel became the Roger Smith Hotel in 1935. WFAS first broadcast from the Hotel before it moved to Hartsdale. The building that became the Coachman Hotel in 1977 was taken over by Westchester County during the 1980’s becoming the Coachman  Family Center.

dsc02954The Pix Theater (1935) at 355 Mamaroneck Ave was first theatre in Westchester made for “talkies,” with a 440 seat auditorium. Closed in 1976, it was converted into restaurant and now it is part of the Pedigree Ski Shop. The former Colony Movie Theatre is still on Mamaroneck but is now completely occupied by stores.

Mail service in WP began during colonial days with the establishment of the post road. The Post Office (below), that opened in 1932 once housed the Battle of WP mural displayed at the library, is now a County Building (25 Quarropas Ave). It is located on Grand St. at Quarropus Ave corner. 144Nu-Way Dry Cleaners established in 1945 run by Bayliss family. Fredericks was a tailors in 1905 and became a dry cleaners in 1927.

Funeral home established in 1942 as Tracy-McMahon (Frank McMahon & father-in-law George Tracy) moved in 1946 to its present location on Mamaroneck Ave. In 1964, the business expanded to include the 100 yr old Lyon-Harnett Undertakers. Ballard- Durand Funeral Home started with Arthur Ballard who came to WP in 1930 but was established in NY City late in late 1800’s. Was on Cromwell Place in 1930 but now on Maple Ave by 1938. George Durand joined the home soon after. Building was home of Humphrey Lynch built in early 1900’s by Emmett E Waite.

Tomsons Art & Frame has been in business over 75 yrs. Sam Ash Music (established in 1924 Brooklyn) has been in WP during the late 60’s but the store took over a music store that had a 20 yr history.

Colonial Needle Company started in Watertown NY in 1888 (different name) but when it moved to Yonkers it got its present name. Located now on Westmoreland Ave.

Kent Supply Company established in 1931 has a location on Ferris Ave.
Sears started as a catalog company in 1895 and there has been a store in WP for decades.

Scarlet Deli 1964.

Elks Club 1900 (established in NYC in 1867-8 as drinking club on Elk St.)

El Centro Hispano, Inc., serving the needs of the growing Hispanic Community, was established in 1974 and became incorporated in 2000.

Organizations/businesses not found here might be found in other sections under “History of White Plains.”