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Family Business: Photo Essay by Ashley Vargas

Ashley Vargas photographs three Jacksonville family businesses that have built a legacy in our city.

Published June 1, 2013 in Culture      5 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

My father used to own his own super market, and when I was a little girl I would go to work with him. Having to stand on a stool to reach the counter, I loved watching my dad cut the meat and wrap it in its packaging.  When I think back to the grungy old checker tile floor and the small narrow aisles with little orange price tags placed on each item, I am brought back to the rush of childhood and overwhelmed with nostalgia.
As a consequence of my childhood experiences, I have an extra fondness for family owned businesses. I searched Jacksonville seeking family owned shops that offered a glimpse of my past.

The three different local businesses documented in the following pages, have been owned by individual families for decades.

Harold's Meat Market

Harold’s Meat Market, owned by the Goody family since 1965, was originally a gas station with the actual structure dating back to 1929. Richard Goody, son of Harold Goody, now owns the market.

As soon as I stepped through the doors, I felt like was five years old again. The place smelled just like the back of my dad’s store where I use to watch him wrap the meat. I felt so much at home that I was almost expecting to see my dad walk out from the back in his meat coat

Richard Goody is on the right and on the left is his son, Harold Jr

Fresh cut meat daily

Harold's Meat Market
10535 Lem Turner Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 765-1686

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June 01, 2013, 07:42:37 AM
great pictures -- thank you for doing this.  I love the mom and pops too and I shop them when I can.

Some of my favorites are Carolina Lumber in Springfield (opened in early 1900s)

Mike can match any trim or make any door you need.

Paschal Brothers, Myrtle and King

and Brintons paint. 

Father and son.

Bob Brinton opened his paint store, I believe, on Bay Street and then moved to Park Street.  They have been mixing and selling paint since the 60s.


June 01, 2013, 08:38:19 AM
Great article!  Just in case anyone wanted to know their location, I went ahead and added the contact information for each of the businesses featured.

ben says

June 01, 2013, 09:20:48 AM


June 02, 2013, 06:00:12 AM
Harold's has some real quality meats. I still grab steaks from them all the time. But it seems like their prices have gone up abit higher than most. Even just a few years ago I could get a steak from them for the "On Sale" price at Publix, now its fairly even.


July 09, 2013, 05:05:29 PM
Thank You everyone! Yeah i enjoyed photographing all the shops. Everyone was very nice, and every location offered a new experience.
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