Block 2

J01 – Sung So Meat Market

The Sung So Meat Market is a Chinese butcher shop. This single story shop has seen better days. The once vibrant red color has faded to a pinkish grey. The sign outside written in English and Chinese is flanking badly.

Inside, the building looks like any other butcher shop. A large counter dominates the main room. The large room behind the counter is where meat is prepared. A small cold room is located in the back, but as expected most meat is either sold fresh or cured.

The market is operated by Sung So and his two daughters, Li Ling So (age 16) and Shu So (age 18). As with most businesses in this block other members of the Chinese community help run the shop when needed.

Owner – James Becker (rented by Sung So)

J02 – Li Smokehouse

Li Smokehouse is a single story brick building. The large front window is boarded up, but a badly hand written sign out from proclaims it to be open. Passersbys can smell the aroma of meats being smoked.

Inside the building are only two rooms. The first room consists of only a counter and a chalkboard that lists prices. The second room is the Smoke room where the meats are prepared.

Owner – James Becker (rented by Sung So and Bai Li)

J03 – Fu’s Laundry

This is one of the newest buildings on the block. The paint on the outside sign is bright and fresh and simply says, “Laundry.” Inside the building is separated into three rooms. The front area simply contains a counter and a few benches. This is where customers drop off and pick up their laundry. Two doors lead into the rest of the building.

The door to the right leads to the largest room of the building. Two large steaming vats dominate the room. This is where the laundry is cleaned. A workbench rests in the back where boots, belts and other random accessories are cleaned.

The door to the left leads to the smallest room. This room is lined with tables and is used as the folding room. The clean cloths are folded and wrapped in butcher paper, ready for customers to pick up.

Fu also offers to deliver the cloths to the customers for an extra fee.

Owner – James Becker (rented by Bo Lin Fu)

J04 – The New Orient Hotel

The New Orient Hotel is a newer building on the block. It is bright red, yellow and gold, with a garish sign and a fancy dragon emblem on the front door. The second story windows are very large and often left open to allow a breeze to enter the guest’s room. There is a large balcony in the front that allows guests to step out and look around town.

The lobby is decorated with expensive wood and a large chandelier. The hotel has 10 guest rooms on the upper floor. The bottom floor consists of the lobby, a small dinning room and two bedrooms for the proprietor, Chang Ming and his Daughter to sleep in.

The Chinese community all pitched in to open the hotel hoping to make enough money to purchase their building from the landowner, but sadly most Whites do not want to stay in a Chinese hotel. The Hotel now caters to Non-whites passing through the area. The dinning room is a little more successful as a few of the White come in to enjoy the exotic dinners served up by the Chinese.

Owner – James Becker (rented by Chang Ming)

J05 – Jade Lady Bathhouse

The Jade Lady Bathhouse is a simple building made of unpainted wood. The only color visible is the two large green front doors. The name “Jade Lady” is printed neatly above the doors. The smell of Sandalwood and other incense flavors, such as lavender drift out of the bathhouse into Main Street and 3rd Street.

The Bathhouse offers bathing services, either private or communal. They also provide massages and aromatherapy services. They even offer haircuts and barber services. The Jade Lady offers it all.

Chun-Tao Zheng and her seven daughters run the Jade Lady. They receive help from members of the Chinese community, but most of their services are so specialized that Chun-Tao and her daughter pretty much do most of the work.

Owner – James Becker (rented by Chun-Tao Zheng)

J06 – Residence

This building houses members of the Chinese community. Due to some of the more racist members of the town, the Chinese cannot live in most areas of the town, so instead they live together in residences like this near their businesses.

Owner – James Becker (rented by Chinese community).

J07 – Fong’s Barber Shop

This adobe building is whitewashed with a small barber pole next to the door. The barbershop only has a single room. The room contains three barber chairs and a bench for waiting customers. A shelf in the back holds combs in various liquids, shaving cream, perfumes and oils.

Despite being a Chinese owned business, Fong’s is very popular with town folk. Fong and his two sons are considered by many of the townsfolk as the best barber in the territory. Fong’s youngest daughter is often found outside the shop offering shoeshines for a nickel.

Owner – James Becker (rented by Hai Fong)

J08 – Residence

This building houses members of the Chinese community. Due to some of the more racist members of the town, the Chinese cannot live in most areas of the town, so instead they live together in residences like this near their businesses.

Owner – James Beckerr (rented by Chinese community).

J09 – Huang’s Glass

This old shop is covered in soot inside and out. The walls on the inside are bowed and bubbling from the massive heat the glass furnace. Tubes, pliers, buckets of silted water and numerous implements of the trade litter the area.

Long Wei Huang works the furnace with help from members of the Chinese community. As largest Glass blower in town, Haung is able to get a lot of business.

Owner – James Becker (rented by Long Wei Huang).

J10 – Residence

This building houses members of the Chinese community. Due to some of the more racist members of the town, the Chinese cannot live in most areas of the town, so instead they live together in residences like this near their businesses.

Owner – James Becker (rented by Chinese community).

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