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Novack’s, in business since 1939, is committed to meeting all your recreational and travel resource needs with our exceptional sales staff and unique product mix.
These products are researched and tested to ensure that they meet your requirements, and our expert staff shares your travel and outdoor enthusiast passions.
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Below you will find a complete history of Harry Novak and how Novack’s came to be through a complete historical recollection from 1939 to present day.
How Harry Novak Grew a Business
Harry Novak, ready to open his new business in the year 1939, hired a young, inexperienced sign maker to create a banner for the storefront. Upon completion, Harry noted that the letter ‘c’ had mistakenly been included.
Others might have engaged in wild tantrums and angry outbursts, but not with this gentle and kind soul. Harry paid for the sign with a smile. He accepted the error without complaint. He may even have viewed the bungle as destiny, or divine intervention.
Could Harry have known how bright his business future was going to be?
Perhaps the “c” was the key, and this is how Novack’s came to be. The rest, as you will see, is…
…History & Melodic Beginnings
Harry’s store opened as a combination music/luggage enterprise. Harry in truth was an accomplished violinist longing to express his talents; however, an existence as ‘starving artist’ did not appeal. Having watched his parents operate a successful music/luggage business in Toronto in the early 1900s, young Harry chose London for a similar calling.
Harry Meets Surplus
World War II broke out not long after Novack’s opened in 1939. Harry cleverly elected to sell musical instruments to the military for use by its musical bands. After the war ended, he bought back the instruments as ‘surplus’ merchandise. This relationship enabled him to purchase other army surplus products for farmers to buy at splendid savings. The ingenious union of Novack’s and “army surplus” hence began.
When the Levi Breaks: Novack’s Gets Hip(pie)
With apologies to Led Zeppelin intact, in the new and psychedelic 1960s, a younger generation suddenly scrambled into the store in a crazed search for funky “surplus” offerings and Levi’s jeans. Once again, Novack’s met the needs of its changing public, with a whole host of groovy goods, dig?
By the late 1960s, the fashion rage evolved to military clothing. This time Novack’s offered a newly politically aware youth a wide range of military items with which to express “non-combat’ declarations of peace and love.
Ah, the Life of Leisure