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    Default Edmonton's Late and Great Businesses... your memories please!

    Greetings, Edmonton!

    Yay! My first post here!

    The longer I live away from my fave city, the more fave memories I have of my life there. Of course, as a kid growing up in Edmonton, some businesses I went to appeared larger than life and will always remain in my mental circa-1960's-70s Edmonton scrapbook.

    I'd love to hear of your fave now-closed businesses, from any era in Edmonton, that remain in your mind and heart. I'll start out with...

    Early sixties, parents and I went at least one time I can remember, to a unique restaurant just south of the Sherwood Park Freeway, just outside Edmonton limits, called the Ali Baba Restaurant. Most notable about this place was that, once seated and decided upon what you wanted to order (I believe they must have served western and/or middle eastern fare), you simply had to pickup the phone which was seen through the clear glass tabletop and attached to the table's single leg below, and order your choices by number to the kitchen via a direct line!

    Another fave business was the old Johnson-Walker men's store within Bonny Doon Mall, which I visited frequently with my dad. At the back of the store was a real fireplace which certainly kept me warm during winters while dad shopped.

    I would also travel with dad to pick up his suits from Page, the Cleaners, original location at 11715 Jasper Ave. and am giddy that it's still there, along with many new locations since I've lived there. Priceless original pageboy logo sign out front.

    Lastly was the Dorchester Bldg, corner of 104 Ave. and 105 St. (sic), where my dad worked upstairs. Now crammed full of professional offices and condo units, I can remember, circa mid-sixties, when it had just a few company offices, lots of warehouse space and it's good to see that the original wood-slat-gated freight elevator is still there, as a fully restored heritage piece, and used to carry people.

    There ya go! Now, what do you remember from Edmonton's early, or more recent, commercial days?

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    Shakey's pizza!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS View Post
    Shakey's pizza!!!
    Heh, I have one of their pizza pans. Inherited from someone who 'acquired' it.

    I'll mention Turnbull Motors but will note bias since it was run by my father-in-law.

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    Mike's Newstand on Jasper. Could spend hours in there. Also the Saveco stores. One where I believe Oil City now is and the other one is now a gym at 107 Avenue and 142 Street.

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    I gather this is local businesses only, and not multinational chains?

    nightclubs:
    - Chase
    - Cocktail Club
    - Dantes
    - Overtime

    restaurants:
    - River City Chophouse

    shops:
    - Front Page newstand
    - Amazing Stories comic shop
    - Southside Sound record store
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    should this be merged with i remember ... thread
    Dorchester also housed the last british car sales, service amd parts dealership

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    Thanks guys for posting so far.

    I could have done that, Blueline, but wanted a new thread. Got idea from similar in Victoria: http://www.vibrantvictoria.ca/forum/...ead.php?t=1514

    That thread, as you would see, had really caught on and I'm foreseeing a proportionally larger response here, since way more people in Edmonton would remember way more businesses.

    While I'm here, another great old pair o' places from my childhood were Storyland Valley Zoo, tacky from an adult's pov but quite magical when seen through a child's eyes and *sniffle* Uncle Albert's Pancake House on Whyte Ave where I'd always leave, a full little kid, with my dad.

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    Mother Tuckers
    The Carvery
    The Cutting Board

    ...darn..all food....mmmmmmmmm steak...
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    The lunch Counter at Kresges
    Woodwards !

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    pig and whistle
    ken and joe's meats
    the original teddy's
    Edmonton Pet Store

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    W.W. Arcade, downtown and westend.

    The closure of the store on Stony Plain Road was devastating for Jasper Place. I think the building is boarded up now, after being used for a while as a video rental place.
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    The Embers
    Beachcomber
    The Cathayan
    The Purple Lantern
    Rainbow Ballroom
    Paramount Theater
    Odeon Theater
    Capitol Theater
    Eaton's
    Woodward's
    Palace of Sweets
    Hattie's Chicken Inn
    Heintzman and Company Music
    Corona Tavern
    Riviera Tavern
    Zorba's
    The Tuck Shop
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    Seven Seas
    Acme Novelty
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    I wasn't sure if defunct chains like Woodwards and Eatons counted or not as local businesses.
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    Millwoods Town Centre has a public art item recalling Charles Woodward (of Woodward's fame) and his favourite horse, Peppy San. Otherwise, evidence of this once powerful chain has pretty much vanished. I was raised drinking Woodward's brand frozen orange juice, purchased on dollar-forty-nine day.
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    Thanks again everyone for sharing!

    Wow, 24karat! Edmonton has grown, but at what cost? Good going listing all the businesses.

    Sonic Death Monkey, nationals and multis are fine to list, whatever businesses hold special meaning to you, as I did with my entries. I'd love to hear also why a closed business was special... if a restaurant, was it a fave food or prices? If other businesses, were there memorable people, merchandise or atmosphere that aren't around anymore?
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    But also with every tick of things past there are things new that we can celebrate
    LA today, Athens tomorrow. I miss E-town.

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    the silk hat
    the carousel
    Tita's
    The (original) Java shop

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    Marquee Records
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Grovenor View Post
    (...) purchased on dollar-forty-nine day.
    Thanks...that little whistle and jingle is echoing in my head...


    The best part...I walked the halls...did the whistle...and watched the fun ensue...I've heard 5 other staffers since whistling it down the hall, and the under 30 crowd looking at us like we are insane...
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    Quote Originally Posted by murman View Post
    Marquee Records
    If we include record store chains:
    A&B Sound
    Sam The Record Man
    A&A
    Kellys
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    Great...

    Now I have the Eatons jingle and the mid 90s Bay jingle in my head....

    The Baaaaayyyy!!!
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    Queen City Meats
    Consumers Distributing ( I bought many Atari games there)
    Tops n' Toys

    Mo's sports bar
    SU Records

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    We should launch a thread specifically devoted to Edmonton advertising jingles.

    Four-Two-Six, Five-Oh, Five-Oh, If you're hungry, Call the Lydo... Free delivery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Grovenor View Post
    We should launch a thread specifically devoted to Edmonton advertising jingles.

    Four-Two-Six, Five-Oh, Five-Oh, If you're hungry, Call the Lydo... Free delivery.
    ^That one still pops into my head randomly, without any apparent triggers.

    Chicken on the Way was gone long before I moved to Edmonton, but we were still subjected to their commercials.

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    ^maybe you're suffering a stroke? No wait, that's the burnt toast smell.
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    I miss the Lydo. It was a staple of bad Chinese in the early 1970's that lived on to its demise. If you had the stomach, you made the call.
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    Trocadero Ballroom
    Starland Ballroom
    Clegg and Case Sporting Goods
    Uncle Ben's Sporting Goods
    Irving Kline Jewellers
    Rialto Theater
    American Dairy Lunch
    Hobbitt's
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat View Post
    Hobbitt's
    What kind of place was that? Did they cater to midgets with hairy feet?
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    Hmmm a bit for this one :
    456- Lydo Lydo
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    G.W.G. Jean Factory
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat View Post
    Hobbitt's
    What kind of place was that? Did they cater to midgets with hairy feet?
    They sold comics and pop culture stuff.
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    A few more:

    National Music on 101 Street
    Music Men of Canada
    Harmony Kids
    Johnson Walkers
    Walkrite
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    Default Along Whyte Avenue...east to west

    Palace Theatre
    Hooper's Drug Store
    Lloyd's Rexall Drug Store
    Zeidler's Lumber Yard
    Cable's Grocery
    Mello Moor/South Edmonton Creamery
    Walker's Hardware
    Toller Shoe Repair
    Murray & Farrah
    People's Department Store
    Podersky Furniture
    Chapman Brothers
    Chic Shoes
    South Side Stationary
    Rainbow Ballroom
    Varscona Theatre

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    Maverick Brewery
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    Henry closes its doors

    Edmonton Journal
    November 10, 2009

    We've got good news and bad news.

    The good news: Henry, spinoff store of Edmonton menswear giant Henry Singer, is having a big sale with markdowns on brand-name casual wear.

    "It's pretty crazy. It's an absolute final clearance," Jordan Singer, president of the Henry Singer Fashion Group, said Monday. "There's some really special sale pricing on right now."

    The bad news: Henry's Old Strathcona at 81st Avenue and Calgary Trail will close in two weeks. Henry's Calgary flagship will be all that's left of the chain.

    "As a company, we're focusing on putting our resources toward other things right now," said Singer. The Strathcona Henry "was an underperformer. I don't think it was actually the best location for us in the end and (it had)maybe too much square footage."

    Singer said the company is open to finding another Edmonton location for Henry, which opened off the Whyte Avenue strip in 2005.
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    The Singer group of clothing stores may have misjudged their entire client base throughout River City

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    The problem is: THEY SOLD HIDEOUS CLOTHES that nobody had any interest in wearing.

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    It was in a bad location off Whyte. Then again, so is Dirks.
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    Meh, it was a wretched location. Henry would have done much better right on Whyte or somewhere in the Core.
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    The article does say that they might reopen somewhere. I stopped by last night to take a look at what they had left... the sale has been on for over a week now. Slim pickings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    It was in a bad location off Whyte. Then again, so is Dirks.
    Dirks is awful period.
    Henry was always meh. Their offerings fell right into the category of "brand shopping," it was just about the labels and not really about bringing in anything new or niche.

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    Exactly... they carried good brands, but the selection was awful. I used to check it out quite regularly, but have only bought a couple things there in the 4 years it has been open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanC View Post
    Dirks is awful period.
    Why? I shop there on occasion and manage to pick up some good stuff, although the selection isn't as huge as Holt Renfrew or Henry Singer.
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    Henry carried a lot of nice articles as well as a lot of interesting and not my style clothes. I bought a wicked 3/4 there and it was home to much of my addidas wear as well.

    They should have opened in a cool space about 1/2 the size either on whyte or even 104st or jasper. If they could wait, them on 109st and jasper would be awesome.
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    Agreed. In Calgary Henry had a hip and trendy store in a hip and trendy area (4th St SW).

    I got a raise one year I was living in the area and decided to go in and splurge on some clothes. Bought a pair of expensive jeans that split right up the seams right as I sat down in the car to drive away...

    They offered to send it to a tailor, au gratis, but I asked for a refund. No sir.. $300 down the tubes and they won't give me a refund. They sent it to a tailor and fedexed them back with an ugly stitch line up the back. Still wouldn't give me a refund.

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    Hello! it's spelled Derks! it might be lame but let's spell it right! To continue the late great thread

    Johnstone-Walker's Jasper Avenue, Bonnie Doon, Westmount, and Southgate, they also had a branch in Calgary in Palliser Square, at the bottom of the Calgary Tower, I think it was the last of the locally owned department stores.

    The Strand theatre formerly the Pantages where the IPL Building is, I remember going to Disney Movies there as a kid.

    The Starlight Drive-In was where Whitehall Square is now back when we moved into the westend so many years ago, As well as the Meadowlark Cinerama where I saw Star Wars for the first time, and it's twin the Capilano Cinema across town, I will always remember the public phone in the lobby of (Meadowlark) set in a seashell too weird.

    Other lost theatres include Westmount Cinemas, The Rialto on 101st street where Commerce Place is and the Capitol and Paramount on Jasper which are still standing but have new uses. the Jasper, Varscona, Town, and Avenue Theatres (Saw Earthquake there in Sensoround in '75) too cheesy!

    The CP Station where the Save On Foods strip mall is on Jasper and 109th, torn down around 1978 and was a vacant lot forever! and the old CP overpass over Jasper Avenue, that's where downtown began! heading eastbound along Jasper Avenue,

    Waterloo Motors Jasper and 107th (parking lot)
    Jenner Pontiac Buick Jasper between 108th qnd 107th (still a parking lot)

    I can still remember the old Eatons store before the Ghermezians put up that tribute to precaste concrete Formerly known as Edmonton Eaton Centre, and the Old Woodwards across 101st Street where the TD Tower is before Edmonton Centre went up in '75. I can still remember the elevator operators it was sooooo big city way back when.

    Of course back then metro Edmonton only had around 400,000 people vs Calgary's 320,000, believe it or not Winnipeg was the big prairie city with well over a half million how times have changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    I gather this is local businesses only, and not multinational chains?

    nightclubs:
    - Chase
    - Cocktail Club
    - Dantes
    - Overtime

    restaurants:
    - River City Chophouse

    shops:
    - Front Page newstand
    - Amazing Stories comic shop
    - Southside Sound record store
    Under Nightclubs, Flashback on 104th street!

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    Peter Wolf - #1 in jeans
    Lucifers
    Youngers Deli
    Bobby's Sports Cards
    A&W on 109 Street
    Any Drive in Movie Theatre
    Clarke Stadium
    Pharoh's Pizza
    Waldens
    Edmonton Gardens (The WHA & Stampede Wrestling)

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    Nellie's Tea House, 126st and 118ave. Top notch food.

    Chandler's on the corner of 124st and 118ave is good too, but not quite the same...

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    The Cafeteria on the 10th floor of the old City Hall overlooking Churchill Sq

    The old variety stores downtown
    Woolworths, The Met, and Zellers in the Tegler Building with the old style lunch counters,

    Kresges in Westmount

    The Malt Stop in the basement of the Bay on Jasper Ave
    The animated Christmas windows at the Bay along Jasper Ave, which were shipped to Toronto years ago

    Having a Harry Rosen in Edmonton Centre
    The huge trees's in the Garden Court of Edmonton Centre, then "The Heart of the City" their jingle not mine, A photo of it was featured in a 1976 article on Edmonton in National Geographic

    The fantastic old Eatons store before the Ghermizians got there hands on it.......

    The frustration of buying anything at Consumers Distributing, those damned stupid little pencils..........

    The original Southgate centre court fountian with the one that shot up 30 feet to the skykights, with the large square pool with the bridge and the BEST Santa's Village in the city,

    Woodwards Food Floors, and $1.49 days, period. especially back to school.

    The tacky old Centennial Mall Woolco where all the farmers from west of the city came to shop while in town. though it did have a Shakeys Pizza!

    Goose Loonies, on the southside and Scandals Nightclub in the Sheraton-Caravan Hotel ( Now the Holiday Inn Express)with the phones that you could call other tables to hit on people...... so 1980's

    The local KFC/Burger King Drive Inns with the best milkshakes in town

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    OMG I forgot the JACK and JILL chain for kids clothes in the city, if you needed new clothes for church that's where you went. I hated the clothes that you had to wear, like clip on ties..............Meadowlark Branch

    Dolly Donuts, Meadowlark long before Tim Hortons or Country style......vivid orange padded stools,,,,,,almost like a 60's Dunkin Donuts.

    Fullers Restaurant on Jasper Ave that was the original Earls (created by the Fuller family) now the organic grocery store.

    The 317 departments for guys in The Bay for jeans and cords. Jeunesse for the girls..........

    enough i have got to stop.

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    I remember taking my first date to the Steak Loft on Jasper Ave and ordering steak and lobster.

    The Seven Seas, Beachcomber, Blue Willow restaurants. Those yummy mushroom burgers from Burger King.

    Going to Family Drugs at 97 St and Jasper Ave to fill prescriptions. Catching a ride downtown with the Silverwoods milkman in his milk truck back in the days when they delivered to your door. The Black Bull pizza restaurant on 102 st. south of Jasper Ave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norwoodguy View Post
    The Black Bull pizza restaurant on 102 st. south of Jasper Ave.
    I LOVED the Black Bull! Best Hawaiian pizza ever!

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    The Klondike Inn at Village Tree Mall in St. Albert. Now those are mushroom burgers that I really miss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercucio View Post

    I LOVED the Black Bull! Best Hawaiian pizza ever!
    Oh yeah. They had nice thin crusts and whole wheat was an option. I always looked forward to having lunch there when I worked downtown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    G.W.G. Jean Factory
    bum bum bum bum .... sorry, that commercial for GWG Scrubbies just popped into my head and now I can't get rid of it. Thanks Gemini!

    Seriously, this was an Edmonton business that was national in scope. Sadly, when the plant closed the seamstresses were sewing not GWG, but Dockers. Go fggur.

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    Someone mentioned Mikes Newstand on Jasper. I do remember a store on Jasper Ave. that had a Cigar Store Indian in it. Now, for the life of me I cannot remember what store it was?. It may have been Mikes.
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    The Big Boy Resteraunt
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    Gear Jammers
    Boston Pizza on 101 AVE
    Madonna Pizza on 101 Ave
    Waikki Chinese Restarant on 101 Ave
    Pa Petersons Icecream in Goldbar IGA Complex
    Milk & Honey Food Store in Forestheights
    Sir Donut
    Pop Shoppe
    Studio 82
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    One question?

    Studio 82, hanging out in a old porn theatre?

    Tops n Toys
    The Hickory Farms Store in Meadowlark ( they have a kiosk for Christmas at Southgate which reminded me of that)

    Wan Q Restaurant on Stony Plain Road, which became the Purple Onion and is now a pawn shop.

    The Loblaws Grocery Store on the traffic circle at 107th and 142 st before it became Saveco.

    The Woodwards Gas Stations, Westmount, Southgate, Northgate. Also Woodwards Parcel Pickup for the food floors.
    The Woodwards Book stores, and Woodwynn Stores ( the old Woodward bargain stores) long before Winners........GWG, Levis seconds for $9.99

    Whyte Earls formerly another Fullers Restaurant
    Maxwell Taylors on Jasper Avenue and on the Calgary Trail
    Seven Seas restaurant
    Tiki Tiki Restaurant
    The old Siverwoods Milk Bottle on 109St
    NADP (Northern Alberta Dairy Pool)
    ITV before Global
    Kinney Shoes, Fredelle Shoes, Lewis and Mankind all part of Woolworths Corporation,

    P3, Cactus,DÁlliards, the Loft, Braemar,
    Dapper Dan, Big Steel, BH Emporium, the Picture Store. Bata Shoes, Beaver Canoe in WEM, Canary Island, Marks and Spencers, Jack Fraser stores,
    These chains vanished in the late 1980s or early 90s

    Tamblyn Drugs, Boots Drugs(in Canada)
    The Leather Ranch in WEM
    The Bally Shoes in Manulife Place
    Florshiem Shoes WEM

    The Eskimo TV and Radio Store in Meadowlark my dad bought all our electronic stuff and out first colour TV from them.

    Cablevision that served the westend before Videotron, then Shaw

    Edmonton Savings and Credit Union before Servus
    The Permanent Trust Co ( Canada Trust)
    Royal Trust (RBC)
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    Edmonton International Speedway
    The Klondike Days Sunday Promenade where around 200,000 people would show up and wander around Jasper Avenue and 101st Streets.

    The Carvery Restaurant in the Boardwalk
    Primos Mexican Restaurant on 106 Street
    Cafe Select in the 1980's when it was THE place to go after clubbing.

    Trudeaus Cleaners
    Campbells Furniture Stores Both on 111 ave

    All the former Texaco, Pacific 66 Stations, or the old style Shell stations that looked like ranch style bungalows, All full service no self serve then.

    ALCB Stores with VERY limited hours (no booze on Sundays)

    Alberts Pancake House, Whyte and 104th

    The groovy conveyor belts in Woolco at Londonderry and Heritage Malls(the best things about Woolco)

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    Super Clef Records across from the Mayfield Inn, KD Lang used to work there when she first moved to Edmonton before she became HUGE!!!!!!!!!!

    Yeah JB BIG BOY Edmonton Centre I remember!
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    Quote Originally Posted by McBoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    G.W.G. Jean Factory
    bum bum bum bum .... sorry, that commercial for GWG Scrubbies just popped into my head and now I can't get rid of it. Thanks Gemini!

    Seriously, this was an Edmonton business that was national in scope. Sadly, when the plant closed the seamstresses were sewing not GWG, but Dockers. Go fggur.
    GWG was bought by Levis's and that same factory was actually the last Levis factory in either Canada or the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Wan Q Restaurant on Stony Plain Road, which became the Purple Onion and is now a pawn shop.
    That reminds me, Szechuan Cuisine on Stony Plain Road and about 155 St. They opened in the early 80s as the first-ever Szechuan restaurant in Edmonton and always had rave reviews (especially from me and my friends), but they closed about 3 years ago because the couple who operated it retired. There's now some other Chinese restaurant there.
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    More from the past

    Agnew-Surpass Shoes
    Hobby Horse (Meadowlark)
    Meadowlark Bowl, it had really cool recessed blue lighting along the walls
    Reeds China and Gifts Meadowlark,Northgate, 103 Street where Manulife II is, Bonnie Doon
    Sweet Sixteen Stores
    Sally Shops
    Betty Shops (love all these kitchy names)
    Silk o Lina Fabric Stores
    Kellys Stereos
    St Clair shops
    Macleods Hardware Stores
    Cockney Kids Fish and Chips, Southgate and Londonderry
    The Zumburger Restaurant in Southgate when it first opened, was located where Eddie Bauer is now. must have closed decades ago,,,,,,,,,
    Woodwards Furniture Fair store long before Leon's, it became Edmonton's first Costco.

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    -the WAFFLE SHOP (100 ave and 103 st )
    -TIKI TIKI
    -GOONIES Family Restaraunt
    -BUFFALO BILLS ( waitresses with GUNS!)
    -THE CAVE restaraunt
    -SIR DONUT ( like there was some sort of royalty involved the industry lol)
    -Bobs Chicken Inn ( is there anybody selling homestyle fried chicken anymore)
    -the total palace that was the Empress theatre that became the TROCADERO dance hall ! an amazing building and a TOTAL LOSS to Edmonton History.
    -the COFFE CUP INN !
    ..............................................too many to list

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    Northwest Campers Village, for sporting goods!
    The Safeway where MEC is now.
    The Safeway at Lynnwood (87th av and 142 St) now a Mcdonalds and Chiripractic Clinic.

    CRFN when it was still the Sunwapta Broadcasitng Company, who remembers "Popcorn PlayHouse" with the host Eric Neville. every kid in town wanted to be on the show and get to dig for gold (nickles) on their birthday.

    Dominion Steel Works on 51st Ave and Calgary Trail closed around 1970? I remember that because my cousins family lived in a trailer park where the Global Studios now stand.

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    Baaco Pizza, ah many a fond memory then (to me the 2nd best)

    Franklin's Pizza eating in the barrel was great, the Sherwood Park one was the last remaining but the restaurant closed about 5 years ago now, all that remains is the name on the hotel in Sherwood Park - Franklin's Inn

    David's - the best potato skins and nachos I've ever had, they had refried beans on the nachos and they were yummy.

    Not just Edmonton but I really miss: Chi-Chi's many fond memories.

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    Restaurants will always come and go.... that is a sad fact of life. Often times, the coolest places are owned and run by immigrant couples, whose kids move on to bigger and better things, so, when mom and pop retire, the place closes down. what surprises me as a 30-something is how many shoe stores, record stores and dept stores people fondly remember. Don't think such stores will come back again !

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    Aspen Books
    Palms Cafe
    Tall Horse Saddlery
    Moonlight Grocery
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    George's Cycle - they had 2 locations (Whyte Ave, 118 Ave) and competed with Western and United for bicycle sales and repairs. I bought my bike from them 14 years ago and they provided me with free tune-ups every spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    George's Cycle - they had 2 locations (Whyte Ave, 118 Ave) and competed with Western and United for bicycle sales and repairs. I bought my bike from them 14 years ago and they provided me with free tune-ups every spring.


    didn't they just move down Gateway Blvd?

    listed by google.
    Georges Cycle is still in business in Castle Downs
    16516 116 St NW
    789 474 2726

    NEVERMIND if found the corresponding info.........
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    ^ No. The George's Cycle I knew was one of the top bike shops in town and they shut down completely. Got a letter from them at the time because of the maintenance thing. They're not listed in any phone books. What you find on google might be the ex-owner holding the rights to the business name.
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    I remember that.. I bought my bike from them 14 years ago too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    ^ No. The George's Cycle I knew was one of the top bike shops in town and they shut down completely. Got a letter from them at the time because of the maintenance thing. They're not listed in any phone books. What you find on google might be the ex-owner holding the rights to the business name.
    As I said I found the info in regarding to the closure, it's just when you google it a wack of stuff still pops up that all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
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    I gather this is local businesses only, and not multinational chains?

    nightclubs:
    - Chase
    - Cocktail Club
    - Dantes
    - Overtime

    restaurants:
    - River City Chophouse

    shops:
    - Front Page newstand
    - Amazing Stories comic shop
    - Southside Sound record store
    Under Nightclubs, Flashback on 104th street!
    Yes, Flash was one of the best clubs in North America. I'd also add the dearly missed Sidetrack Cafe on 112th.

    I also miss Dacks Shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    I gather this is local businesses only, and not multinational chains?

    nightclubs:
    - Chase
    - Cocktail Club
    - Dantes
    - Overtime

    restaurants:
    - River City Chophouse

    shops:
    - Front Page newstand
    - Amazing Stories comic shop
    - Southside Sound record store
    Under Nightclubs, Flashback on 104th street!
    Yes, Flash was one of the best clubs in North America. I'd also add the dearly missed Sidetrack Cafe on 112th.

    I also miss Dacks Shoes.

    And, btw, I like Derks.
    I can remember the golden era of the early 80's Flash was THE club in Western Canada and you had every imaginable type of individual in that space, Gay, Straight, Bi, everybody from the Oilers to the premiers wife at the time for a chairty fashion show......It was a beacon of tolerance and diversity long before it became the norm. ( so to speak) People flew in from Vancouver or drove up from Calgary on weekends to party. Working there from 82-84 was probably the funnest years of my life.
    Nothing has ever equalled that place since anywhere in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat View Post
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    Hobbitt's
    What kind of place was that? Did they cater to midgets with hairy feet?
    They sold comics and pop culture stuff.
    Kind of late with this but the real name was "Hobbits Fantasy shop" run by Carmen and Bruce in the day. They also had another "store" in the same location called "Little Wars" where they sold war games. Hobbits was my favorite store in the City and was located upstairs above the Embers Steak house.They moved locations in 1981 to the basement of the Boardwalk and then a few doors up from the old Rialto theater. They lasted there until about 1985.

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    Mother Tuckers
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    Anyone remember when the Edmonton Journal ran the treasure hunt contest?

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    This thread brings back so many memories. I noticed the Seven Seas mentioned above, and just saw an old video of it from 1961 on youtube on CineAudioVisual channel. They also have old Edmonton Exhibition footage and other stuff....old city hall cornerstone with Bill Hawrelak...old tv ads....

    What was that drive-in that was at the South end of the Municipal Airport? Burger Baron? We used to go there as kids with our dad and have burgers and watch the planes land. Guess those days are certainly gone for good.

    I also have great memories of WW Arcade, the Edmonton Farmers Market, the old post office downtown, Beachcomber Restaurant, Chateaubriand at the King Eddy with my first boyfriend, A&W on 118 Ave with those long trays, and having to turn your lights on to get served.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissingAlberta View Post
    This thread brings back so many memories. I noticed the Seven Seas mentioned above, and just saw an old video of it from 1961 on youtube on CineAudioVisual channel. They also have old Edmonton Exhibition footage and other stuff....old city hall cornerstone with Bill Hawrelak...old tv ads....

    What was that drive-in that was at the South end of the Municipal Airport? Burger Baron? We used to go there as kids with our dad and have burgers and watch the planes land. Guess those days are certainly gone for good.

    I also have great memories of WW Arcade, the Edmonton Farmers Market, the old post office downtown, Beachcomber Restaurant, Chateaubriand at the King Eddy with my first boyfriend, A&W on 118 Ave with those long trays, and having to turn your lights on to get served.
    Can you post a link to that YouTube channel?
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    Thanks, funny I always thought Seven Seas was right where Tim's is now at Corona.
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    The Paramount theatre downtown.

    I saw a ton of movies there, including Star Wars, several James Bond movies, & Terminator 2.

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    Star Wars played at the Odeon not the Paramount. I remember it playing there when it played with Empire & Jedi but not on it's own.

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    Did anyone mention Cal Pickles menswear? Or Duncans Ladywear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    Star Wars played at the Odeon not the Paramount. I remember it playing there when it played with Empire & Jedi but not on it's own.
    Same difference...

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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Anyone remember when the Edmonton Journal ran the treasure hunt contest?
    Loved it.
    Every week we would go on a "hunch" outing.

    Great fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    Star Wars played at the Odeon not the Paramount. I remember it playing there when it played with Empire & Jedi but not on it's own.
    I remember the line ups for Star Wars ESB. I believe opening day was Friday May 23rd 1980. The three of us noticed the line up on the following Saturday. We had just (within a crowd of onlookers)caught a glimpse of the Islanders beat out the Flyers in that historic hockey game at the "Toy's and wheels store,"as they had the game on tv. We were on our way to the Hobbit shop when we noticed the line up for ESB. Two of our friends were in the head of that line up and let us in. But I think Jedi was playing at the Jasper in 1983. I have the ticket stub somewhere and for 4 of us to see the Jedi movie I paid I think $22.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dawg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Anyone remember when the Edmonton Journal ran the treasure hunt contest?
    Loved it.
    Every week we would go on a "hunch" outing.

    Great fun.
    I was working in the Cobogo lofts building at the time it was a warehouse for Army&Navy back then and we were playing along having fun with it.
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    I miss the best hamburgers in town at Fuddrucker's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dawg View Post
    Did anyone mention Cal Pickles menswear? Or Duncans Ladywear?
    Wasn't Cal Pickles in Soctia Place for a while after it had just opened. after relocating there due to demolition of the original store?

    Topps Ladieswear on Jasper Avenue located approximately where the Tim Hortons in Commerce Place is now. My mom always got her "Sunday Best Clothes" there, I'll always remember that every single thing on a hanger had one of those clear vinyl dust covers on the tops of them to protect the clothes.

    Everything current was displayed along racks on the opposing walls, while the "sale" stuff was always on those big circular racks towards the back of the store by the fitting rooms. My brother and I would get bored waiting for mom and always play hide and seek in them driving mom nuts.

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