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Offline Aronan

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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2008, 11:46:03 PM »
Dingy yes, but useful as the only viable non chain pet store on that side of the hood.  Though I do question 30 years of its presence. I'm sure it has been around for at least 20.

The chase bank might have a 30 year history here. Though it Was Manufacturers Hanover Trust before it was bought by Chase.

The Earle / Eagle theatre in its various incarnations. The candy store right at the entrance to the Roosevelt Ave. station on 37th Road.

The candy / newspaper store on 75th and 37th, though it's changed hands has always been there.

What used to be Wise Stationery is still a stationery store on 37th Ave bet 81 & 82.

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7-11 on Northern comes close to 30 years I think. Maybe it's more like 25, it's been a while since I was in JHS and I don't feel like doing the math right now. 

There's that party / card store next to Numbers that may also come close to 30.

There's the candy / newspaper store on 37th ave bet. 76 & 77.
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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2008, 06:59:46 PM »
How does the thirty year rule apply if the stores change owners?  Change hands?  Or change names with same owners?

Like Gustosa Pizza (a hang out of my son now) has been a hang out to my friends and I since junior high, when it was Romeo's.  But the same guy owns it.  (Before that it was Alex's, probably not same owner.)  Close to thirty years ... if you can count having two names.

Meanwhile, Italian Farms changed hands recently but kept its name.  That counts too yeah?

After all, the strong survive but they also adapt ...
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Offline Aronan

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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2008, 11:05:52 AM »
I think it's more so the type of business than the business its self.
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Offline Brian C

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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2008, 11:40:44 AM »
Tom's Shoe Repair, 37 Ave bet 84 & 85, has been in business with the same owner for 52 years.
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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2009, 04:21:58 PM »
Dingy yes, but useful as the only viable non chain pet store on that side of the hood.  Though I do question 30 years of its presence. I'm sure it has been around for at least 20.]

Sorry, I screwed this up.  Aronan's quote should have ended here.

Actually, the pet store has been there--on Roosevelt between 75th and 76th--for around 40 years.  It later expanded and took over the store to its west, but the original establishment has been in business for decades.

The candy store (now candy store/internet cafe) on the north side of 37th, just off of 75th Street, used to be called "Molly's and Ollie's" after the two women who owned it.  I think La Portena has been there almost 30 years, although it too expanded.
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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2009, 01:30:32 AM »
Gotta disagree ... Coral may seem dingy, but every kid from my generation has done the loop on a lazy day (looping through the aquarium).

I used to dread the walk in the cold there to get live shrimp for my frogs, newts, and salamanders.  (Yes, I was a strange kid when it came to pets ...)  I had one Coral-bought frog live from 3rd grade until college ... many evenings, walking to buy brien shrimp in soup containers, brrrr.

But I vaguely recall a pet store on Northern as well, because I bought a white mouse there in high school.  Anyone recall ... ?
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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2009, 01:32:18 AM »
Also the Burger Kng on 69th Street has been there for 30 years I'm sure ... I recall going there after St Joan of Arc baseball games in Lexington School field, and that was 1978 and 1979 for me ... sheesh when did I get old?

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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2009, 11:22:39 AM »
What about Frank's Pharmacy?  They even moved to a larger location at a time when most family pharmacies were going out of business.  They've changed with the times, and have staff who speak Spanish and various South Asian languages, and have maintained that family pharmacy feel.   

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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2009, 11:37:30 AM »
What about Frank's Pharmacy?  They even moved to a larger location at a time when most family pharmacies were going out of business.  They've changed with the times, and have staff who speak Spanish and various South Asian languages, and have maintained that family pharmacy feel.   

I love Frank's ... he used to donate $200 worth of toys to my school kids every holiday season, I have gome there in both locations since day one.  BUT, and I may be wrong, I think its not quite 30 years since he left Maram ...
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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2009, 08:26:11 AM »


But I vaguely recall a pet store on Northern as well, because I bought a white mouse there in high school.  Anyone recall ... ?
I remember that store well. Very small on Northern betw  80 & 81st.

When I was about 12 I bought my brothers a pair of hamsters from that shop...They were supposed to be the same sex...40 or so hamsters later we were selling them back to the pet shop. Made the same mistake a few years later buying a gerbil pair there. I gave up counting at 70. We sold/gave away most of them to the same store. Great genetic line...


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Re: Only the strong survive
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2009, 08:26:11 AM »