Ethel Weiss has run Irving's since 1939. Irving was her husband. Ethel is now at least 94 and she happily wears a button that reads, "I love my customers."
Irving's is maybe 10 feet wide and 30 feet deep. Ethel usually sits in a chair next to the counter inside, next to the candy display. She carries lots of candy, including some hard to find items. A small box of jawbreakers costs 15 cents - a carton may be $2.
Irving's has small toys and novelty items. In the drawers are cards for almost every occasion, some of them dating back years. Ethel can pull out anything if you ask.
In almost any weather, including right after a blizzard, you can pop into Irving's to talk to Ethel. She loves her customers.
Irving's is between Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, in the "Kosher Corner" section of Brookline.