nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
      Archives | Subscribe | Special Sections

Business arrow AP Business News arrow Markets Summary arrow AP Technology News
Business Wire arrow Ledger arrow Local Markets

| 1

Pioneer, owner of Boston Bargain Store dies

Eleanor Rappaport (Buy photo)

By Ryan Cornell

One of the first businesswomen in Front Royal died this weekend.

Eleanor Rappaport, born Eleanor Goodman on Feb. 29, 1916, died Saturday morning at the age of 98.

She first came to Front Royal in 1933 after graduating from high school in Philadelphia to run her uncle's shop, the Boston Bargain Store. When her uncle, Harry Raflo, died in 1938, she took over the business and ran the store until closing it in 2003.

In the 71 years she owned the store, it stayed at the same location on E. Main Street in downtown Front Royal. The building is now home to an antique store.

David Silek, who grew up across the street from the Rappaport family, recalled memories of her "amazingly productive life."

"You have to remember back in the '50s, there weren't a lot of women owning and running their own business," he said. "She was at the forefront of being a woman in business."

Silek said her family was also one of the earliest Jewish families in Front Royal. He said Rappaport was one of the founders of the Business and Professional Women's Club, and served as one of the eldest members of Downtown Business Association meetings.

"When we would be discussing an idea, I can remember looking at Eleanor and she would say, 'Yeah, we tried that in the '50s,' 'We tried that in the '60s,'" he said. "She saved us from trying out some bad ideas and encouraged us to follow some good ones.

"She survived the Depression, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam era and the mass changes that went on in the '60s," he said. "Eleanor had gone through every clothing style imaginable in her store."

His family might have owned competing clothing stores on Main Street, but he bought all of his shoes from the Boston Store as a child, including his favorites, a pair of KangaROOS.

"I had seen them in New York and when I got back to Front Royal [in the 1980s], I told my father I didn't want plain tennis shoes, I wanted KangaROOS and that was the only place in Front Royal that had them," he said.

You never saw her wearing something that wasn't ready to be put on a mannequin in the store, Silek said.

"What's interesting is her birthday was Feb. 29, which only occurs every four years, so really she was 24 ½ years old," he said.

Her funeral will be held at the Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com

Keep up to date on local news

Sign up here to receive Northern Virginia Daily news delivered to your email box each morning and when breaking news occurs.


Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. View our comments/submisssions policy. Report abuse by clicking the X next to the comment.

Local News Sections

Affordable Care Act Agency on Aging Agriculture Alex Bridges Apple Blossom Festival Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Breaking News Business Charities Civil War Clarification Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Election 2013 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Jeff Nations Joe Beck Josette Keelor Katie Demeria Kim Walter Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mount Jackson New Market Page County Pets & Animals Politics Progress 2013 Progress 2014 Quicksburg Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail Ryan Cornell School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review

News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Comments/Submissions Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

2013 Virginia Press Association Sweepstakes Winner
The Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!

nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com