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Big lot, grass area, south side 

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Backyards, back of property and garage

Ms. Tillie’s well-stocked grocery store

Backyards, back of property

TILLIE'S CORNER - 1345-55 North Garrison Avenue • St. Louis, Missouri 63106 USA 
(corners of Garrison and Sheridan Avenues)

What the buildings used to look like, photos were taken in 2002.



19th Ward Jeff-Vander-Lou

Mrs. Pearson’s daughter, Margaret,

working in the store

Miguel and Carla Alexander, the protectors of Miss Tillie's legacy

Charlie and Lillie Velma Pearson,
four children with one on the way
Easter 1942

Lillie V. Pearson, age 90,

in front of her store

Our History

North view from car shows small lot and garage

To learn more about Miss Tillie and her corner, download our informative PDF.


LEFT: Customers at the meat counter

CENTER: Customers in the ​store door

RIGHT: Mrs. Pearson and a customer

LEFT:Glendora, whose nickname is Tillie

RIGHT: Children at the meat counter

LEFT:Glendora, Mrs. Pearson's daughter, in front of the store

RIGHT: The children pose in the store door

Lillie V. Pearson,
aka Miss Tillie

Founder of Tillie's Food Shop and Tillie's Corner

Ms. Tillie, 33 years old,
​in her store Tillie’s Food Shop 1948

“Tillie’s Corner” consists of a big lot, three 3-story red-brick storefront homes with basements, a small lot, landscaped backyards, and a 2-car garage.

Parts are surrounded by 6-foot fencing and an emptied Kerosene tank welcomes the front gate walkway.


Tillie's Corner, a milestone in the rich history of black owned businesses in St. Louis. A catalyst for future dreams to come true.