Earlier this week Joseph L. Discatio passed away at the age of 97. Discatio founded Joe’s Smoke Shop on Congress Street in 1945.
In 1945, after the war, Joe had an opportunity to buy a small store on Congress Street. He named his store ‘Joe’s Smoke Shop’ and there he blocked hats, shined shoes, sold newspapers, soda and cigars. Several years later, after St. Stephen’s Church was razed, he bought that land which abutted his small store. He then expanded the size of his store and added magazines, cigarettes, groceries and a snack bar. The remainder of the land became his parking lot. Joe’s Smoke Shop was to become his legacy.