In this question from the May 2012 issue, Dr. Know points out that the river of time is swift, and that it can carry away even beloved neighborhood institutions.
I’m part of a group of folks who grew up in Eastwood Village-Stratford Manor in the late 1950s. We’re trying to remember the names of the stores in the shopping strip at the Manor. We recall a Thriftway, a chili parlor, dry cleaner, drug store (they had the best cherry phosphates), and some others. Perhaps you could help us out with the some of the retailers’ names? —Trying to Remember
Dear Trying:So eager was the Doctor to help your polite wistful self that he levered himself out of his divan, pulled on his duster and driving gauntlets, and motored out to the eastern edge of the city to see if he couldn’t find some trace of those cherry phosphates, a drink of which he is fond. What he found at the intersection of Eastwood and Kingsley where your well-loved little postwar neighborhood once stood is now an industrial park where the closest thing to a fruit phosphate would be the Cherry Coke hurled by a machine in a cheerless break room. It was profoundly depressing. The Doctor believes it would be best not to plan any sentimental journeys.Perhaps the reason you cannot remember any of the names of the service vendors in your handy strip mall is that, as on the military bases your old neighborhood so closely resembled, they had no names. Stratfordians may then have needed only to refer to the drug store or the dry cleaner or the chili parlor without mentioning Rexall, Martinizing, or Empress.
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