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42 Main Street

  • John Simko was searching for a place to start his own optical business when he took a Sunday drive down Main Street in Andover in 1975. He thought the town looked nice and decided to try to find a rental property.

  • He found a location on 36 Main Street where Billing Jewelers had gone out of business and started Andover Optical with his wife Carolyn.

  • In 1987 he moved 2 doors down to 42 Main Street, gaining more space in a swap with the Christian Science Meeting Room.

  • In 1988 his daughter Jennifer joined him in the business.


Sunday Drive Turns into 25-Year Stay.(photograph) Andover Townsman, 5/4/2000, pages 40, 41.

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