I suppose it should be no surprise, but it is still a bitter disappointment to learn of the imminent passing of yet another neighborhood institution and treasure, the longstanding Schwartz Market on East Carson Street.
For so many years, this facility survived and thrived despite the trend of ever-larger supermarket chain locations and one-stop shopping that now includes the ability to have dry cleaning performed and to be able to purchase fresh flowers. Schwartz Market was not a place with ambience nor did it offer services like the availability of large, spotless restrooms, but it provided personal service and fine produce, meats, and delicatessen items as well as a good selection of groceries.
It managed to offer appealing sale prices that often enabled it to compete with the "giant" chain that dominates grocery sales in this region. One of its charms was its size enabled items to be found with relative ease and one would never have to worry they would not be able to find their spouse or companion in the store.
From 1988 to 1995, I worked at what was then a building containing state offices, The Mall Building at 17th and East Carson Streets, it was a comfort to know a grocery store was but a two-minute walk away, and that I would be able to obtain what I needed without a long wait in one of multiple lines.
A fond farewell to the beloved Schwartz Market and its owners. Thank you for filling the need of South Siders and others for so many years. We miss you already.
Oren M. Spiegler
Upper Saint Clair