Meanwhile, the GREENBELT CENTER Co-op Variety Store had opened, in the late 1930s, in space adjacent to the movie theatre. 
Photo from Library of Congress / Marjorie Collins


In this shot, and the one that follows, we see the Variety Store as it appeared in May 1942.
Photo from Library of Congress / Marjorie Collins


A Greenbelt housewife peruses a selection of Variety Store seed packets. "Greenbelters" were allowed to grow flowers...but only in allotted space up against one's residence.
Photo from Library of Congress / Marjorie Collins


A sidewalk scene at GREENBELT CENTER, from September 1938.
Photo from Library of Congress / Marion Post Wolcott