I was walking through the 34th Street / Herald Square subway station yesterday and walked by an area being renovated. The renovations had exposed a sign for Korvette’s embedded in the tile. It brought back fond memories of the Korvette’s my mother used to take us to in Paramus, NJ.
Korvette’s was the place I bought my 45’s (also known as 45 rpm records, or singles), most of which I still have. I remember my Uncle Jack telling me that E.J. Korvette, which was the full name of the retail chain, was short for “Eight Jewish Korean Veterans” who founded the store.
Uncle Jack just happened to be a Jewish veteran, but of World War II [Uncle Gasper, on the other hand, was a Korean vet, but not Jewish]. Unfortunately, the story about the eight Jewish vets was not true. I did however find an interesting tidbit about WHY this sign was where it was, which you can read here.