I was looking for another business that I saw on a post on Facebook when I came across this ad in the 1953 Hills Charlotte City Directory for the Westside Ice and Fuel Company. When I looked up the former address it was located where Johnson C. Smith University has built student housing with ground level retail.
I am not sure when this company went out of business, but when I arrived in Charlotte in 1982, the site was known as Carostate Ice and the parking lot facing Duckworth Avenue held ice machines that the company owned that was either broken or awaiting transportation to area stores to hold bags of ice for sale.
Charlotte before 1960 had several dealers for block ice (this was in the days of iceboxes, which required blocks of ice to help keep foods cold or frozen in the days before substantial freezers on refrigerators) and coal, which was used to heat homes and sometime business buildings (including schools) in the winter.
I will be exploring these type of businesses in future writings.
I found this ad in the 1953 Hills Charlotte City Directory, courtesy of digitalnc.org