Recollections - Edinburgh Old Town
St Mary's Street
including Tusi's Ice Cream and Sweet Shop
East End, London
also known to many as
Thank you to Eric Gold for telling me about
some of the shops that he remembers.
"I remember a joint similar
to Jeannie Veitch's. It was in St Mary's Street at the bottom,
and was called Toovie's. I've probably spelt the name
wrong but it is pronounced Toovie's **.
Toovies, I'm positive, were Italian and were very nice people."
** George T Smith has
suggested in his answer,
below, that the name
of the shop would have been 'Tusi's.'
When I was wee there was a fudge and
chocolate shop next door to jeweler's shop owned by a great friend
of our family, Joe Donnelly, a Polish Jewish guy.
We would buy a chocolate frog and the
cream inside would be normally a creamy white colour. But the
lady did put raspberry essence in a few of them making it a reddish
colour. If you were lucky and picked a red one then you got one
one day I had a hat trick and picked three in a row and shared my
"My aunt worked for the Snow freeze, a
candy store next to the Lascala were Tesco's is now. Then they
moved opposite in Nicholson Street, well before I was born."
Eric also told me about
Jeannie Veitch's sweetie shop
Eric Gold, East London: February 8, 2007.
Thank you to Tony Ivanov, for replying to Eric
Gold's comments above.
"Joe Donnelly was actually named Joe
Dolny. He was my uncle Joe. He wasn't my true uncle in the
sense of the word but a close friend of the family.
My father was also Polish and both he
and 'uncle Joe' had known each other possibly from about the time I
was born in 1946.
I was five years old in 1951 when my
parents moved from Niddrie to Chessel's Court in the Canongate. (The
house I lived in is shown in some of your photographs.)
I remember being taken to Joe's shop at
the bottom of St Mary's Street at that time.
Although Joe did sell new
Jewellery etc, his main business was repairing watches and clocks. I
used to see him almost every day as his shop was en route to my
primary schools, St Ann's and St Patrick's.
Joe and my father were good friends for
many years and as I grew older I used to help uncle Joe in his shop
doing odd jobs and tidying up. There was a basement cellar in his
shop which was like an Aladdin's cave, hundreds of clocks and
The last time I saw 'uncle Joe' was in
1998 in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary while I was visiting a relative.
He was very ill and wasn't aware of me. He passed away not long
Tony Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland,: Sep
Tony, like Eric Gold, attended St Ann's then St Anthony's schools.
Thank you to Tony for writing again
enclosing this photograph of Joe Dolny.
Tony tells me that the photo would have been taken around 1970.
Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian: August 11, 2009
George T Smith
"Might the reference above to Toovies be
some confusion with Tusi's which is recollected in section 10a of
Houses and Streets' page?"
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada
Yes. Eric Gold, who provided the recollections
above agrees. The shop would have been Tusi's.
Tusi's - Another Shop
Thank you to Bill Cockburn for sending me this
message. It helps to explain why people have had different
recollections of the location of Tusi's.
Two Tusi's Shops
"Tusi, or Tuzi, also had an ice cream
parlour in West Nicholson Street. It was a few doors up from
the People's Dispensary, which was on the corner of West Richmond
Street and Richmond Place.
I believe that there was a butcher's
shop between the Dispensary and Tusi's. Further up towards Nicholson
Street was The Geisha, where I used to take the accumulator for the
wireless, to be charged up. Hardly anyone had a TV. In those days.
Bill Cockburn, Comely Bank, Edinburgh: May 6,