Cunis’s Candies – where the lady is standing looking at the window – was an important local institution. They made their own candies and ice cream, and there were tables inside where you could have a fountain treat.
They made some milkshakes – a very popular item in the 1950/60s – that were trademark items, including chocolate chip and orange, which tasted like something like a creamsicle and was my summer favorite.
The gift shop on the left of Cunis’s was a place for gift wrap and greeting cards.
On the far right, just out of the frame of the picture, was the Bon Ton Restaurant on the corner of Colfax and 79th, another of those inexpensive, family style restaurants run by Greeks.
This picture, more than most, captures the sense of South Shore neighborhood as what I call an urban village.