11 Eagle Street

There is a distinct New England flavor to a building whose history includes Chie’s Downy Flake Doughnut shop and the Puritan Clothing store

11 Eagle street has been home to many shops throughout the years. As well as the rest of the shops and buildings that are home to the once bustling popular streets home to North Adams. Since the mid 1800’s it has been home to 8 different stores and 15 different owners. And any many times was rented out to businesses. George Millard was the original owner of 11 eagle street where he was co-owners, with another gentleman, of a clothing store. Due to lack of information I am unsure of when the clothing store started but I am aware of it being sold to a woman by the name of Sophia Stevens and J.A. Harmen in 1866 and over a three-year period from 1866-69 was occupied by Millard Jackson, A. Boyton, and Mary Loomis who then sold it to a man the name of Michael Sanford who owned a salon. From 1870-1893 there is no record of a business taking place. From 1894-1944 it was bought and owned by the Corisglia family who had rented it out a business in 1920 “Walter Johndrow confectionary” and in the 1930’s to “Chie’s Downy Flake Doughnut shop,” “Leaven’s jewelry store,” and Spitner and kitchton Grocers.”

In 1940 Puritan Clothing store opened up and I believe in was owned and run by the Corisglia family I know that they ran a clothing store in 1944. In the 1950’s it remained and continued the trend of being a clothing store until the 60’s where it was bought and became for a short time “Modern Studio’s photography.” At one point in the 60’s Modern studios moved to another location on Eagle street and was to my knowledge vacant until bought in the 70’s and became Mia’s Specialty shop where it became a clothing store and has continued to be a clothing store to now in 2017 and now goes by the name Mia’s Exchange. To see the number of owners, shops, and businesses that 11 Eagle street and the rest of Eagle street had to offer was surprising especially when you take into account what Eagle street looks like now. When you walk down Eagle street now your likely to notice Desperados or Jacks hot dogs not the many businesses that are there now or that where there in the past 150 years. The history needs to be brought back to light so people can