J.S. Poliakoff’s Dry Goods Store


235 Richland Avenue W
Aiken, SC 29801


Around 1890 Jacob S. “J.S.” Poliakoff (1864-1937) immigrated from Belarus to the United States.  Before the turn of the century, J.S. Poliakoff settled in Aiken. There he peddled for a few years until around 1905 when he established his mercantile enterprise, J.S. Poliakoff’s Dry Goods Store. By 1908, J.S. Poliakoff was settled in Aiken. The business was in operation at the Aiken Hotel (present-day 235 Richland Avenue W) until at least 1936, when J.S. Poliakoff tragically perished in a Baltimore steamship accident.

Main Image: Advertisement for J.S. Poliakoff’s Dry Good Store, 1926. Reprinted from the Aiken Standard, 29 September 1926.

Obituary for J.S. Poliakoff, 1937. Reprinted from the Aiken Standard, 4 August 1937.

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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