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old stores you remember

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  1. Jun 10, 2005 #41 of 100
    Eagles

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    "Korvettes" was a department store in the Philly metro area, late 60's early 70's. "Two Guys" was an early version of Lowes and Home Depot in the 70's. also in the Philly area.
     
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    Eagles

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    Crazy Eddie is in jail for some shady buisness activity realated to his Crazy Eddie chain of stores. I saw a documentary about this on Court TV.
     
  3. Jun 10, 2005 #43 of 100
    Richard King

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    As long as we are expanding a bit, The Carlton Celebrity Dinner Theater in Bloomington Minnesota. I saw some great R&B acts there while eating dinner. Temptations and 4 Tops in a double bill. Gladys Knight and the Pips. Prince and other great local acts performing at the Minnesota Music Awards. The Carlton was demolished, along with the Metropolitan Stadium across the street, to make way for the Mall of America. :(
     
  4. Jun 10, 2005 #44 of 100
    Spruceman

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    JJ Newberry

    FW Woolworth

    Drug Fair (now part of Rite Aid)

    Dart Drug

    Peoples Drug Stores (now part of CVS)

    a million and one local banks with local sounding names -- now part of chains with wierd names that sound like the aliens have invaded from Mars

    Grand Union (supermarkets)

    Leary's Book Store (31 S 9th St in Phila)

    Peaches (record store chain)
     
  5. Jun 10, 2005 #45 of 100
    djlong

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    Damn - thought I was going to be able to get in with the Korvettes and Two Guys from when I live on Staten Island.

    The last drive-in A&W anywhere near me (southern NH) closed some years ago in Lebanon NH. I used to stop there every time I did the drive to Montreal. There's a rumor that there's one still around Portland ME but I haven't checked it out.

    One department store I remember from my California days (1966-70) was White Front. And in a junk drawer I still have an old "Big E Emporium" credit card that my adoptive mother had - was a department store in San Francisco.

    Most of the defunct places I remember from NYC were mentioned except this one fast-food joint called "Wetsons". It looked like a Burger King in decor/architecture but was independant.

    Like others, I remember Woolworth's, W. T. Grant, Gimbles... New England used to have Jordan Marsh before Federated turned them all into Macys. We also had a Woolco in the Nashua Mall before it became a Bradlees next to an Ames (hows THAT for a track record?)

    Lechmere was the "Best Buy" of it's day. I also remember Computer City and Highland competing on opposite corners.

    There aren't any more Rich's or Stuarts since the WalMart/Target era started here.

    Used to have a lot of supermarkets but now were down to Shaws, Market Basket and Hannaford. Used to have Purity Supreme, A&P, FiNaSt (short for First National Stores), Alexanders..

    Of course the Child World stores long succumbed to Toys R Us pressures.

    Banks? Just here in New Hampshire, the first bank that I ever got a credit card with back in 1981 is unrecognizable now. Bank of Boston, which used to have "since 1780" on it's logo.. Then they were bought by BayBank and it became BankBoston. Then they were bought by Fleet and it became FleetBoston. Now it's just Bank of America - the first bank I remember back when I lived in San Francisco. It took them 35 years to chase me down!

    Record stores.. Remember them? Old names like "Strawberries" went away but were resurrected.

    Definitely taking a long walk down Nostalgia Boulevard.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2005 #46 of 100
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    Spruceman mentioned 2 drugs stores. I remember a locally owned "drug store" that carried all sorts of gifts, food items and had a soda fountain with those pedestal mounted round stools. We used to ride our bikes there and get banana spilts, hamburgers, candy and comic books. My folks had an account and they let me "charge" stuff there. Charging amounted to hand writing charges down in the ledger and they would mail you a hadwritten monthly statement. I don't rememebr exactly but it seemed you could get a tasty burger, fries and a drink for about $1.50 :)

    Ah....memory lane.

    Maybe we should start a thread on old cars we used to drive or cars our parents had.
     
  7. Jun 10, 2005 #47 of 100
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    Old cars! My first car was a 1969 Mustang fastback, Mach1 (?) I think. I got it for my 18th birthday.
     
  8. Jun 10, 2005 #48 of 100
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    I recall buying 45s at Korvette's in suburban Harrisburg. That store was torn down to build the Boscov's where "Mannequin" was partly filmed (Illustra).
    We actually bought our first digitally-tuned remote control TV at Kelly & Cohen. John Wanamaker had a killer electronics dept... saw my first Betamax there!
    O, the memories.
     
  9. Jun 10, 2005 #49 of 100
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    Some stores from the Chicago area:

    Wieblodts
    Goldblatts
    Lyttons
    Highland Electronics
    Fretters
    Polk Brothers
    Musicraft
     
  10. Jun 10, 2005 #50 of 100
    Richard King

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    "Sound of Music", a Minneapolis based stereo shop that had about 10 stores in and around the Twin Cities. They started carrying other non music related product and changed their name to Best Buy or some such thing. :D

    Norwest Bank, a Minneapolis based national banking chain. They bought Wells Fargo and changed the buyer's name from Norwest to Wells Fargo, eliminating the Norwest name from banking history. Before they were Norwest they were Northwestern National Bank.

    First Union Bank, bought out by Wachovia.
    First National Bank of Minneapolis became US Bank.
     
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    record stores.. Remember them? Old names like "Strawberries" went away but were resurrected.

    i remember in center city phildelphia strawberrires was on one side of the street it had just opend sam goody was on the other side it was a total mess the sam goody closed down leaving strawberries the only music store on that block :D
     
  12. Jun 10, 2005 #52 of 100
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    Still lots of A&Ws around Minnesota. Hey Richard remember the York steak house in Southdale, or the Swensons ice cream place in Southdale. Or how about David Wongs or something like that along 494 it had the two dragons out front that would blow fire. I also remember the Sambos on Penn Avenue in Richfield, grew up about half mile away.
     
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    There's still a Ben Franklin in Woodland Park.

    Korvette's was originally E.J.Korvette's, and it was founded by Eight Jewish KORean VETerans. ;)
     
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    skidog

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    Oh yea, I forgot to say that there is still some Ben Franklins in the small towns in Minnesota.
     
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    whats that ?
     
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    Richard King

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    I remember them well, and believe it or not there is a Swensons Ice Cream place here in Vero Beach, not more than 2 miles from where I am right now. :D THere used to be a Ben Franklin in the Glen Lake strip center on County Road 3 (Excelsior Blvd.). I don't know if it is still there.
     
  17. Jun 10, 2005 #57 of 100
    Roger

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    I use to think Wise stores were pretty cool.
     
  18. Jun 13, 2005 #58 of 100
    compubit

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    Perry's (Five and Dime in Texas)
    Burger Chef (Western Michigan)
    Big Boy
    Woolco
    Minimax (Grocery Chain in smalltown Texas)
    Shakey's Pizza
    Jim Dandy/Church's Fried Chicken (unrelated to the current Church's chain-my dad worked for them before he was laid off...)

    Had a Sambo's growing up - I remember the restaurant had "cartoons" of the kid and the tiger at the tops of the walls in a "film-strip" format.

    Still have an A&W just up the road from me in Texas...

    Department Stores:
    Sanger Harris (Dallas)-now Foley's - soon to be the ubiquitous Macy's... (I remember the downtown store did an international theme each year - brought in all sorts of merchandise from the country of the year, including food at the restaurant and grocery items)
    May D&F (Denver)-again now Foley's - again soon to be the ubiquitous Macy's...
    Lazarus - now the ubiquitous Macy's
    Burdines - now the ubitquitous Macy's

    Don't even get me started with Banks in Texas - they took a beating in the 70s/80s - now everything seems to be part of a national or regional chain... (all brought on by Branch Banking - which was illegal in Texas until the 80s or early 90s)

    We had an Egghead software in Houston - remember buying my first CD-ROM burner there (but it never really worked - my PC wasn't fast enough to keep up the burning speed...)

    Jim
     
  19. Jun 14, 2005 #59 of 100
    JM Anthony

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    Oh, my ghad!!! I shoulda put this one on my list. Their pepperoni pizza was absolutely the best. None of those paper-thin, whimpy, slices. Plenty of thick rounds covering the pizza. And an excellent crust.
     
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    are there any godfather pizzas around
     
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