Homewood Magazine

2015

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22 H o m e w o o d M a g a z i n e 2 0 1 5 XXXXXXXX I Winning Businesses S O M E O F H O M E W O O D ' S O L D E S T B U S I N E S S E S S H A R E T H E I R S E C R E T S T O S U C C E S S SHAIA'S With a store (in the spot where J.J. Eyes is now) and a house next door, S.G. set up shop and a garden. "I never asked my grandfather why he chose Homewood when other parts of Birmingham where thriving and this was the 'country,'" J.L. Shaia recalls, "however, I suspect it was that he wanted some land for a garden." The location of Shaia's today is In the early 1920s, a Lebanese immigrant with little schooling but plenty of work ethic, moved to Birmingham, Alabama, with his young wife. S.G. Shaia began peddling merchandise from a pack on his back, and eventually a suitcase, around the Birmingham area. In 1921, Shaia saved enough money to buy several lots on the dirt road that would become Homewood's 18th Street. B U S I N E S S Above: Leo and Ken Shaia of Shaia's; Right: Jerry Oddo and Eugene Breeden of Homewood Sporting Goods.

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