James Sweeten began business in Center Square.
James Sweeten moved to Pedricktown. Here his store was across the street from the present one, and occupied a house on West Mill Street.
The present building was erected by James Sweeten.
At one time all 3 floors were used. On the 3rd floor you could find furniture, mattresses, box springs, bedding, carpets and a picture gallery of prints. The second floor had the clothing, Derby hats, women’s wrappers, and dishes. The first floor had the candy case, cigars, chewing and pipe tobacco. There were hitching posts all around the building, as well as stables. Sweeten’s store in Pedricktown held a record for being by three generations of the same family, the longest of any general store in New Jersey.
Hiram Godwin assumed ownership of Sweeten’s Store.
Rae and Charles Walzer Jr. began selling antiques as “The ETC Shop” in Mullica Hill, NJ where they rented a shop for almost one year.
The Walzer’s purchased the “Sweetens” store building, compromised of the shop and adjoining house.
On July 5, the Walzer’s resumed operating The ETC Shop in their new Pedricktown location. They expanded their offerings to include gift-ware and greeting cards. They later expanded in selling unpainted furniture, painted and stained furniture, Pfaltzgraff, Fenton Glassware, Hometowne Collectibles, Shelias, linens, penny candy and so much more.
The name ETC (etcetera) certainly described the merchandise you will find on your visit to the shop. See the photo gallery for a glimpse.