Village of Lyons
Mayor William Smith was sworn into office on April 21, 1961. This was the same day Sam's Food & Liquors opened their doors to the public.
Sam's Food & Liquors honors the Village of Lyons
In the beginning
In 1961, here is a picture of the front of the store. This was taken in November 1961.
Sam tried selling fresh produce, but decided to focus more on groceries and liquor.
||Founder of Sam's Food & Liquors in 1961, Sam Parisi is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He was born on November 5, 1920.
Sam served in World War II as a Bombardier/Navigator. He navigated the B24's four engine planes. He completed 25 missions over Europe.
Sam attended the University of Illinois. He received his degree in Accounting. Prior to opening Sam's Food & Liquors, he worked in the city of Chicago as a Produce Manager in a small grocery store. He wanted to buy his own grocery store.
||Sam has been married to Francis Parisi for 62 years. Fran was born on April 17, 1920 in Nebraska.
Sam and Fran have 8 children, 15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 on the way.
Email Sam or Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know?
Before 1961, the Ventimeglia family owned the business. Lenny Ventimeglia operated the business as a drive-thru liquor store. One of the first drive-thru liquor stores in Illinois at that time.
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