Sam Solomon Wholesale Jobbers


484 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

FAMILIES: Solomon, Prystowsky

Merchant Stories: The Sam Solomon Co.
Learn more about Sam Solomon and his businesses.

Sam Solomon (1885-1954) immigrated from Russia in 1902. In 1909, he opened his first dry goods store at 526 King Street. Three years later he married Sophie Prystowsky (1893-1985). Sam’s business, which later became Sam Solomon Wholesale Jobbers, moved between several locations on King Street, including 482 King Street (1910s), 480 King Street (1920s-1930s), and finally 484 King Street (1940s). The entire family, including their five children, Naomi (1914-2003), Muriel (1916-2014), Aaron (1917-1991), Melvin (1919-2009), and Frances (1921-2008), all worked in the store and took turns staffing the register. In 1953, the store moved to a “modern, custom-built, air-conditioned building at 338-340 East Bay Street” known as Sam Solomon Company, transitioning from a wholesale to retail discount business with a catalog showroom. Sam died just a few months later.

Main image: Sam Solomon family, circa 1924. From left to right: Sam, Aaron, Frances, Naomi, Melvin, Muriel, and Sophie. Image courtesy of Special Collections, College of Charleston

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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