Ben Sklar's Store in Old Town - 1965 c

thanks to Beth Hillson for locating the images

Ben Sklar, Inc.
107 Center Street, Old Town, Maine

"Ben Sklar, Inc., located at 107 Center street, Old Town, is known across the state of Maine as a fashion and quality store for menís, boysí, womenís apparel and footwear.

To trace the history and growth of this store, one has to go back to the birth date of Ben Sklar. Born November 2, 1900, in Zouromine, Poland, young Ben Sklar grew up in the environment of his fatherís tailor shop. In 1920 Ben Sklar came to this country and worked for his brother, who owned a family store in Detroit, Michigan. After one year Ben decided to come to Old Town where another brother, Louis, who had a store, told Ben that he would have an opportunity to press clothes for the college students of a growing University of Maine.

In 1922 Ben rented a store on North Main street. Starting with a pressing and sewing machine, and possessing the talent of a skilled tailor, Ben started traveling to the Maine fraternity houses by trolley, collecting clothes for pressing and alterations. Within a year Ben started selling furnishings to the college men. Year by year his following, as well as his clothing inventory, increased. In 1926 (?) he married the former Sara Levine of Bangor, and finally, in 1928 he bought the present site of the store at 107 Center street.

With the help of his young wife Sarah and a clerk his business kept flourishing. Adding a complete footwear department in 1938, the store featured clothing under one roof for the entire family.

Taken by death on April 2, 1963, Ben Sklar will always be remembered for his close association with the University of Maine students. Even today alumni from the Ď20s stop back and reminisce of Ben Sklar selling clothes at the fraternity houses.

Under the present management of Benís son David, the store still maintains the policy of its founder Ė good quality, brand name merchandise, easy credit terms, and personalized attention for everyone."


125th Birthday celebration for the city of Old Town (1965).

Last Updated : March 10, 2009

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