© 2019 Bry's Marine

ABOUT US:

BRY'S MARINE has been a family owned and operated business since 1946. BRY'S started out as a general merchandise and government surplus store for 10 years prior to expanding to its new location at 123 Highway 35, in Neptune, NJ.

 

In 1957 the first Johnson outboard motors, Flying Finn, DuraTech and MFG boats were displayed for sale and the business became known as BRY'S MARINE. Through hard work and the acquisition of the water front properties in Neptune, BRY'S MARINE expanded to a full service marina with the first concrete launching ramp and floating docks on the Shark RiverTwo full acres of parking and storage yards currently make up the landscape at BRY'S MARINE on Shark River.

 

Further expansion in 1972 by the purchase of a 1.5 acre site with building, also on Highway 35, allowed BRY'S MARINE to become a full sales and service dealership. This latest acquisition enabled the display of new and used boats, outboard motors and boat, utility and enclosed trailers.

 

Our goals remain the same; customers first, sales with integrity, and service with conviction as though you were our own family. 

 

"OUR MISSION IS TO KEEP YOU FISHIN'!"

Ed Bry 2010

Riviera Beach, FL

Our Early ads from the Asbury Park Press, 1957

FAMILY:
Founder
M. Edwin Bry
(1920-2006)
Co-Founder
Lucille Bry
(1921-2015)
Bill Bry, Mrs. Bry & Jim Bry

Family run since 1946.

David Bry
BryTech - Principal IT Specialist 
Patricia Bry

Office Manager

TEAM:
Brian Hopkins
Master Technician

Brian was born into the marine industry. After growing up at his parents marina he joined our team in 1984 primarily to rig new product. Since then, Brian has become a fully certified technician and attained Master Technician status in 1996 and is now considered one of the premier technicians in the area. He is our "Go To" guy for problem solving and engine repair.

Marty Kristiansen

Technician

Fiberglass repair, trailer & boat repair, hauling & travel lift specialist, metal fabricator, and welding 

Lisa Hopkins

Parts & accessories, inventory control, counter sales, IT & office support, and internet sales

Capt. George Larson

Boat deliveries and demonstrations, assists in all aspects of sales and service

Harry Felton

Assists in all aspects of service and general maintenance

Bill Dougherty

(Retired) Assistant counter sales, parts and inventory control

If you like history, check this out:

1920 

Bry's (pronounced "Breeze") one of the "Big Four" downtown Memphis department stores for 50 years. Opened 1908 and closed 1964.

1920  Postcard from Bry's Department Store.

1920  Postcard from Bry's Department Store.

Busy Bry's

by Vance Lauderdale

Dear Vance: My grandmother always talked about shopping downtown at a store called Breeze. I can't find any mention of it in local history books. I'll bet you can help. —J.D., Memphis.

 

Dear J.D.: I won't take that bet, because the Lauderdales do not gamble. We stopped after that rigged card game where we lost my little brother, Vince, to the gypsies. Yes, we called the police, but they said "Go Fish" was legally binding, and little Vince was never going to amount to much anyway, so it probably worked out for the best.

But I can help you — by pointing out that the store name was spelled Bry's, though it was pronounced just as your grandmother said. I presume at one time this Main Street establishment was owned by a family named Bry, though I never met them, and — being common merchants — they were never a part of the Lauderdale social set.

But Bry's was a Memphis landmark for more than half a century, one of the "Big Four" downtown department stores, the others being Goldsmith's, Gerber's, and Lowenstein's. 

 

The store opened in 1908 in the old Appeal Building at Main and Jefferson, so-named because it had originally housed the offices of the Appeal newspaper. In 1925, it moved down the street to the stunning edifice shown above, topped with one of the finest neon signs in town.

 

And what a store it was! Roaming through the Lauderdale Library, I came across a 1932 issue of The Commercial Appeal which proclaimed that November 1st was "Memphis Day" — an event no longer marked on national calendars, I'm sorry to say — but one described as "the South's largest sales event."

Memphis Day was a shopper's nirvana. The Bry's ad described more than 200 items on sale, with prices ranging from 17-cent "men's Swiss-ribbed cotton knit shirts" to the most expensive thing in the store, a "handsome bedroom suite, complete with massive four-poster bed, triple vanity, and deck chest." The cost for that? $44.95.

 

The sheer quantities were overwhelming. A "complete showing of all that's new in smart footwear" included 800 pairs — yes, 800 — of women's "Klever-Mode fall shoes" for just $3.60. Scanning the sale items until my eyes ached, I noticed the copywriters of the day were determined to point out the innate intelligence of the merchandise. Just about everything was "smart," from "smartly made pajamas" (66 cents) to "women's smart new undies" ($1.59). If it wasn't smart, it was clever in other ways: "cunning chinchilla coat sets" ($7.98) and "cunning medium-size baby dolls" ($1.59).

Frankly, I would never want a doll that was cunning. That just seems like something out of The Twilight Zone.

But boy this store had just about everything you could possibly want: "famous Southern Flyer bicycles" (kind of pricy, if you ask me, at $27.88), genuine cowhide footballs (59 cents), and "well-constructed single-barrel guns" ($5.88).

 

And if you can believe historian Paul Coppock (and I usually do), Bry's even sold airplanes. In one of his old newspaper columns, he observed that the store "announced widely and repeatedly that it sold everything. That included airplanes for a while." And in fact, old city maps show a single-runway "Bry's Airport" located on the west side of Warford, just north of Jackson. Coppock says that "it opened without a dollar of Bry's money. The aviation unit was financed and operated by H.T. Dawkins, who operated under lease the Bry's department that sold automobile supplies and tires. He incorporated the Tri-State Aviation Corporation, which was the dealer for Stinson, Travelair, and Eagle Rock planes."

Bry's was quite a place, so — this being Memphis and all — it was destined to close. In 1964, Lowenstein's moved into that location, until they too went out of business. The entire block today bears no resemblance to the old photograph. I wonder what happened to the wonderful sign?