Corner of Queen and Handyside Streets in Belize City, long ago
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Corner of Queen and Handyside Streets in Belize City, long ago

The Corner of Queen and Handyside Streets (opposite Reggae Bar). The building at the corner is where Dino's Night Club is now. The second building used to house Fuller's Liquor Shop downstairs and at another time, a tortilla shop.A hardware store used to be downstairs in the 40's and 50's. It is right in front of St Mary s School, was Red Cross there at this time. There is a nightclub there now. The lot to the left used to have a little shop owned by Hector Taylor.

The building, which only half is showing, used to be Henry Quan's Shop. Some may know of Victor Quan, Henry's son, who is also a good friend of mine. We went to Holy Redeemer School together.

Brings back so many memories. Hector Taylor's shop, LA Union across the st., Gliss bakery down the road, Printing Art, The record store by Gliss, the bicycle and cart repair shop across the street, Mexico Hotel. The original Fenders across the street, Mr. Canto who use to sell oranges on Handyside, the paletas place downstairs and also the restaurant. Used to buy ceramic bird whistles and other wooden toys at Melilla's Store on the corner. Mr. Algarey had a shop between Fenders and Mexico Hotel. Further down past Fenders was Cocom's where some of the nicest fresco was sold..

Do not remember if when I came back to live in Belize, if that corner building was there, but not think so. The second house was still there because my family use to live across from it, where the present day Hong Kong Restaurant is located. Yes, the 3rd building was there the Henry Quan Store was located. This photo must have been before 1968.

The Moon Rocket Club was just down the street from this building, Lester Young.

Photograph courtesy Noel Escalante

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