Russ and Daughters Press
Martha Stewart: The Martha Blog
July 23, 2008
One of my most favorite stores in New York City is Russ & Daughters, located on Houston Street in the wonderfully ethnic Lower East Side. Known as an appetizing shop, Russ & Daughters first opened its doors way back in 1914. Prior to that, Joel Russ, an Eastern European immigrant, found a customer base by selling dried Polish mushrooms from a little pushcart. He soon realized that if he had a store, he could sell many more products that his buyers were longing for. Because Joel had no sons, he put his daughters to work in the shop and thus, the name. Russ & Daughters became well known as purveyors of the highest quality smoked fish, pickled herring, caviar, dried and candied fruits, and many other specialty foods. I have fond memories of shopping there when I was just a little girl along with my father. He loved their smoked white fish and my mother adored the creamed herring.