Wanna hear a great story? It’s about the Tartaglia family from South Philly. For years the father, Joe Tartaglia Sr. worked a stand on 9th and Ellsworth with his sons, Joe Jr. and Frankie, selling everything from Kung Fu movies to Fixodent toothpaste.
The mom, Connie, meanwhile ran a discount electronic appliance shop called “Connies’ Ric-Rac” down the the street at 1132 South 9th Street. Connie’s stayed open for 13 years until the mid-90’s when internet shopping started stealing her walk-in customers, causing her to close the doors of her shop and start using the space as storage for her, now internet-based, mail-order business. Read the rest of this entry »