467 Commercial Street

467 Commercial Street, Angel Foods, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

467 Commercial Street, Angel Foods, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

George Bryant's unfinished salt works replica, behind 467 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

George Bryant’s unfinished salt works replica, behind 467 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Long before Angel Foods Market opened, customers came here for provisions. In the 19th century, they were ships’ crews, for this was the chandlery of E. & E. K. Cook & Company — the Cook brothers’ mighty whaling and fishing empire. Clarence Burch opened Burch’s Market here in 1904. His nephew (through marriage), Duncan Bryant, husband of Marie-Louise Kopp and father of George Bryant, bought out the Burches and renamed it Bryant’s Market in 1945. For more than a decade, it has been Angel Foods, run by Elizabeth Lovati, furnishing staples and temptations. Out back is George Bryant’s uncompleted replica of a salt works. What Bryant managed to build in the 1970s — and what still stands today — is the bottom half of a windmill, a critical part of the salt-making process. These machines harnessed wind power to pump water from the harbor, through pipes of hollowed-out logs, into large evaporation vats.


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