Store and restaurants you miss...
I was talking to a dog club woman I know who lives in the Washington DC suburbs. I lived in DC as a newly wed from 1966-68. I mentioned one of my favorites stores in Georgetown - Little Caledonia. She had not heard of it. I had last visited it when I visited my son who was working there about 18 years ago. I actually went to it - not quite as great as it had been but still a very unique store where one could find most anything. I Googled it and alas, when one of the owner/sisters died, the shop was closed for good. It was such a special place!
So, I got to thinking about other stores and restaurants I had loved that are now gone forever. Here is my list.
NYC - all the wonderful small Italian shoe/purse shops that used to be on Lexington Ave - also small custom made tweed shops and small antique shops - all long gone.
Susan Prince - a wonderful restaurant that was right across the street from the Barbizon Hotel for Women where I was required to live while in retailing school in the early 1960's. All the food was wonderful, but oh, those baskets of hot popovers! Be still my heart!
Schrafts - always a great place for lunch, tea or an ice-cream treat.
Georgetown University Shop
The French Market - I still have my wonderful knives I bought there as a newly wed. Yes, they are carbon steel and will rust if not cared for properly, but oh, those rosewood handles and the sharp edge one can get.
A french butcher shop - can't remember the name. It was also in Georgetown and all the meat was cut in the french manner - very different than US cuts. And oh so good! It was a place I'd buy a wonderful piece of meat instead of going out for a birthday/anniversary dinner.
The bakeries!!! Lake Forest - everything was fabulous but I particularly loved their German Gooey Butter coffee cake. A few bakeries claim to use the same recipe for Gooey Butter coffee cake, but no one makes the German Gooey Butter. Pfeiffers - right down the street - their bread/rolls were exceptional as were their Hot Cross Buns during Lent. And Andres! Swiss pastries that were TDF!!! There is still an Andres in Kansas City and DD brought me a few treats recently. Just wonderful. All three of these were within 1/2 mile of one another. All gone...
The original Bissingers Chocolate store on Macpherson. Going into this place was just a very special experience. One could smell the chocolate being made in the back room, and the wonderful old mahogany glass-fronted cabinets were so unique. They are now on display at the Missouri Historical Society. Yes, Bissingers still exists and still makes exceptional chocolate. Their dark chocolate molasses lollypops are a special treat that my children and now grandchildren adore.
Spicer's. This was a "variety store" next to the grocery store where I shopped. It had a bit of everything, but one of the best things was their toy selection. If I had forgotten to buy a toy as a present for a child's birthday party, I could run into Spicer's, quickly find something and they would quickly gift wrap it at no charge. My children adored going there - when they were old enough, they rode their bikes to Spicer's and bought candy.
Straub's restaurant - both in the Central West End and in Clayton. If one wanted a good family meal at a reasonable price, this was the place to go - also for lunch. Their Strauburger Basic was one of the best hamburgers I've ever eaten. And their milk shakes! SO good.
What a shame that Harzfeld's and Woolf Bros (the motherlode for Lanz dresses!) are gone forever. I loved their downtown stores - Harzfeld's was on Petty Coat Lane (wind would blow up ones skirt, showing ones petty coat (yes, there was such a thing in my lifetime!). And Swanson's and Hall's on the CC Plaza. Such lovely clothes and gift items at Halls (owned by Hallmark).
Putsches 210 restaurant on the Plaza and their Coffee House. It made the most amazing french toast that was 2" high! Also, the old Fred Harvey restaurant at the Union Station - such great food. And then there was the Golden Ox in the stockyards - best beef ever! And Jack Frost Donuts - never had a donut as good.
And who could forget Wolferman's - yes the English muffins used to have a home. Their balcony in their downtown store was a perfect place for a great lunch. And their Rum Cream Pie!! Oh my! Fortunately, they were very generous with their recipes and I have several, including the one for the Rum Cream Pie.
We discovered the Westwood Ship's restaurant our first morning in LA when we moved there. We loved that place - food was SO good, and every booth had a toaster on it so one actually had HOT toast with breakfast.
Carnation Restaurant - another great place for simple family dining on Wiltshire. My father loved that place.
And Landis Dept Store on Larchmont. It had just about everything one could want or need. It was an institution for 50 years. Someone has opened a modern version but I understand it's really just a nostalgic gift shop.
Larchmont also had a great children's shoe store. In fact, Larchmont had everything I could possibly need in LA - a Safeway, great deli, lovely florist that also carried interesting antiques, various nice gift shops, a barber shop, a great hardware store...and my pediatrician's office at the end. It made living and shopping in LA SO easy! Now, it's all restaurants etc.
And the old Farmer's Market before it became all fancy and upscale. I could buy fresh game there, great fresh fish, wonderful produce and the best dried fruit for my fruitcake I've ever been able to find.
My beloved Doll's Market. It was at the end of my street and had everything I needed. It had great produce, a wonderful butcher shop, good fresh fish, and a bakery. I now have to go to 3-4 places to get what I could get in one place close enough to ride my bike. NOT progress...
Baer's Fabrics - think Moods in NYC but less crowded and with more salespeople. It was wonderful! Now, I'm reduced to Joanne's Fabrics - a real comedown.
Burger's Mkt - another small local store. They had tons of specialty items - always bought my MIL's marrons in syrup there for Christmas. They also had a great butcher shop and fortunately, the butchers have teamed up with my beloved Paul's Mkt and now carry their meat as well as the best produce in town and some grocery items as well.
I'm sure I will think of ones I've forgotten, but these top my list. What are yours?