Tots to Teens

Clothier
1956-1987

1627 Main Street
Columbia, SC

FAMILIES: Cohen and Friedman

Solomon “Jimmy” Cohen (1913-2003) and Ethel Stern Cohen (1929-1976) purchased the Young Fashions Shop at 1627 Main from Sylvia Blumenfeld Friedman in June 1956 and reorganized it as Tots to Teens, which sold boys’ and girls’ fashions. Known as “Columbia’s Distinctive Children’s Apparel Store,” the store regularly advertised deals in The State newspaper. Jimmy Cohen, who married Freda Cohen following his first wife’s death in 1976, sold the business in 1987.

Main Image: Tots to Teens, photographed in 1978, was one of several Jewish-owned businesses on this block. Image courtesy Russell Maxey Photograph Collections, Richland Library 

 

Above Image: Reprinted from The State, September 13, 1957. 

 

Above Image: Reprinted from The State, January 1, 1970. 

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation. Longtime members of the JHSSC, Mr. Arnold obm, a merchant himself, and Mr. Farbstein obm were both children of South Carolina Jewish merchants.

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