Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | September 15, 2018

City Smoke Shop & Restaurant

From the late 1950s through to 1980, Ed Langin’s City Smoke Shop was a downtown Cornwall fixture. His son Ted shared the black and white image below.

City Smoke Shop_Ted LanginWhen the business opened about 1959, it was known as City Smoke Shop. In 1961, the Colony Coffee Shop (sometimes called the Colony Restaurant) opened inside the smoke shop.

This vintage post card indicates that at a point the Coral Room (lunch counter) and City Smoke Shop operated at that 15 Second Street East location, yet the telephone directories are moot on that branding.

Neon signs became abundant throughout the downtown as depicted in this Marcel Quenneville photo.

In 1978 a re-branding occurred; the businesses operated under the single name of City Smoke Shop and Restaurant.

By 1982, Ali’s Smokemeat Smoke Shop had taken over the location.


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