Uptown Sample Shoe Store


545 King Street
Charleston, SC

FAMILIES: Brickman, Cohen, Karesh, and Orlinsky

Charles Karesh (1859-1926) immigrated from Teztaney, near Bialystok in Russian Poland about 1873. He had a store, dealt in cotton, and sold railroad ties in Greeleyville before moving to Charleston in the 1890s. He married Sarah Orlinsky (1860-1927) and they had 10 children. Sarah purchased the building at 545 King Street in 1899. Charles sold shoes and work boots on the first floor and the family lived on the second floor. Charleston clothier Sam Brickman bought the building in 1940. Alex Karesh continued to operate the business, renamed Uptown Sample Shoe Store, until his retirement in 1952. He sold the business to Donald Cohen.

Main Image: Alex Karesh and other employees, 1940s. Image courtesy of Fern Hurst 

Below Image: Shoe stand from Uptown Sample Shoe Store. Image courtesy of Fern Hurst 

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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