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Blakeview: 'Back to school' at Broadmoor Kiddie Shop 

... and Jo-Ann Chubby and Husky Center

It's back to school time, which has us thinking about our school days and school uniforms. The Broadmoor Kiddie Shop at Washington Avenue and S. Broad St., in business from 1928 through 1985, was a headquarters for Catholic school uniforms. Run by sisters Anna and Julie Rault, the store originally sold children's clothes but began specializing in uniforms in the 1950s. The Rault sisters ran the store until they were in their 80s, retiring and closing the shop in 1985.

   If you were like young Blake, your mama took you to the Jo-Ann Chubby and Husky Center for your uniforms. The store, which opened in 1936 at 1526 Dryades St. (now Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.), offered "streamlined smart clothing to the overweight child and teenager." By the 1970s, there also was a Jo-Ann shop on Severn Ave. in Metairie. Over the years, owner Irving Gerson, his father and brother operated stores offering large-sized clothing. Both Jo-Ann stores also were popular spots for buying first communion and graduation dresses and Halloween and Mardi Gras costumes. The stores closed in 1995 and Gerson died the following year.

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