Canteen Café, a long time fixture in downtown Brevard, opened in the summer of
1928 by W.E. “Elzie” Shipman. Shipman
only operated it for a brief time before selling the business to E.O. Shields
of Rosman in the fall.
then sold the business to J.C. “Dock” Galloway who ran it for several years. Galloway advertised the establishment as
being of service to the Home Folks—52 weeks a year, 7 days a week, 20 hours a
day. Later advertisements stated they opened
at 5:00 am and closed 2:00 am. During
the period when Galloway owned the Canteen he moved the business to the Weilt
Building located on W. Main St. at the corner of the Times Arcade.
1935 Lucien English purchased the café from Galloway who was retiring due to
health issues. After just five months
English sold the business to V. Karl Twigg.
By Christmas 1936 Twigg had sold it to Hamilton and Patterson.
|The Canteen was once located were Mayberry’s
Soup & Sandwiches is today.
January 1938, Clyde Hamilton bought out Patterson. A few months later he remodeled the
former bowling alley located between Plummer’s Department Store and Farmer’s
Supply on the north side of W. Main St. and moved the Canteen back across the
street. Hamilton and his wife, Hyburnia,
would move the business one more time in May 1945 to the Bagwell Building on S.
Caldwell St. behind Transylvania Trust.
addition to serving year-round residents, the Canteen was popular with college
students. The business advertised every
year from 1935-1949 in the Brevard College yearbook and often in the school
information for this article came from The Brevard News (1917-1932), The
Transylvania Times (1932-1940), and Brevard College Pertelote (yearbook) and
Clarion (student paper) all of which are available and searchable on
and information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina
Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit the NC Room during regular library
hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about our history and see additional
photographs. For more information, comments, or suggestions contact Marcy at