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The Korricks and The Diamonds

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Phoenix AZ's Jewish Merchant Princes Legacies



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The Korrick Family and The Diamond Family created and ran the two largest department stores in downtown Phoenix, Arizona during the era of the mid-1890s to the mid-1960s. Only one of their downtown store buildings still exists albeit with a false fašade and not functioning as a department store. Both families not only were active as store magnates but also were active in Phoenix' Jewish and cultural life. Let's learn more about the Korricks and the Diamonds and search for memories of their roles here.



Within the 1st 2 blocks of Washington Street, East of Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, from the mid-1890s to the mid-1960s, stood the palaces of the Jewish merchant princes of Phoenix, AZ. Foremost among these princes were those of the Korrick Family and the Diamond Family. Following behind were the princes of the Goldwater Family. Behind them were other Jewish Families, some with even smaller palaces, and some with very specialized alcoves.

These 7 decades were the ones in which the regular folk came to downtown Phoenix to shop. Early on, the Korricks and the Diamonds viewed their patronage as the regular folk, men and women, who might desire the accoutrements of every and special day life but could more readily afford a Morgan rather than a Stallion.


To provide for their mass audience, the Korricks and the Diamonds built the biggest affordable commercial palaces and marketed with common themes from holy to ordinary days. From fitted to ready to wear. From usual to unusual. From dresses to pantsuits. From dungarees to mens' suits. From household goods to party favors. At holidays, their store windows, made passersby stop and stare.

Important to both the Korricks and the Diamonds was their own heritage. They were committed Jews. In their personal lives, they celebrated Jewishly. They were among the small group of Jews who founded Phoenix' 1st permanent synagogue, Beth Israel Temple, and stuck with the congregation when it made its move to 10th Avenue and Flower Street during the late 1940s/early 1950s.


Also important to both the Korricks and the Diamonds was culture, in particular, music and art. They were among the founders of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and early members of various Phoenix museums.

To some degree, both the Korrick and Diamond women participated in both the business and social aspects of The New York Store and The Boston Store.

When and from where did these Korricks and Diamonds appear?

Both the Korrick and Diamond families immigrated into the United States from Eastern Europe.

In 1895, Sam Korrick arrived and opened The New York Store in Phoenix. He was joined by his brother Charles in 1900 and later by a brother Abe. In 1915, the Korricks moved their store from the present-day site of Symphony Hall to 1st and Washington Streets. After Sam died in 1914, Ed Korrick, Charles' son, joined the company. Charles' wife, Ed's mom, Blanche Korrick, later in 1946 would be one of the founders of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.

In 1897, Nathan and Isaac Diamond, who had immigrated into the United States earlier, moved their El Paso, Texas' New York Store to Phoenix, AZ and renamed it The Boston Store because one of their former employees, Sam Korrick, in 1895 already had opened a copy of their El Paso store and called it The New York Store in Phoenix. Nathan's sons, Harold and Bert, and Isaac's sons, Herbert and Ralph, took over management of The Boston Store in the 1920s. Harold's wife, Helen Diamond, was active in aspects of Phoenix community life. In 1947, The Boston Store renamed itself Diamond's.


Today, the only remaining building of these department store palaces is shrouded in a false fašade. But if we look closely, with the help of photos, we still can imagine what the store looked like back in its day.

Let's stop for a moment, then, and reflect on The New York Store and The Boston Store.




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