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EDWARDS STYLE SHOP. Edwards' Style Shop opened in Dubuque around 1915 and offered women's apparel. The original store was remodeled and enlarged in 1925. The 1929 Dubuque City Directory listed Main and 7th. (1)

In 1930 with a growing business, the company purchased the James Levi building. Ironically, George Eitel, the vice-president of the company, began his business career with the James Levi company as an errand boy. The store was operated by the Surkin Cloak Company whose president, George Surkin, began his business in Dubuque. Another store operated by the same company was in Racine, Wisconsin. Company offices were maintained in Chicago and New York. (2)

The 1939 Dubuque City Directory listed 690-98 Main.



1. "Edwards Store in New Location," Telegraph-Herald, April 3, 1930, p. 4