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Remember Any Of These Places In Blytheville?

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Since: Oct 07

Ashburn, VA

#1 Oct 31, 2007
I just came across this website today and it is great to hear people talking about my old hometown. I don't live there anymore, but I get back a few times each year to visit my family. I was thinking the other day of all the great places that have since closed. If you grew up or lived in Blytheville in the 70s and 80s you are certain to remember these places.

RESTAURANTS:
1. The old Tasty Freeze, later became Parks Family Restaurant. Remember the Tasty Freeze started off in the small building that was torn down.
2. Mr. Quick, out on I55, where the new Ford Place is now. this place was torn down a long time ago.
3. Bonanza, I know it recently shut down, but didn't have the same feel it did back in the 80s.
4. Rax, before that it was the Taco Plaza. Now it is Hardys.
5. Shoneys, this was a popular place after church on Sunday night. food was ok, but lots of great memories.
6. Ken's Pizza, now Mazzios.
7. Panchos, late 80s, but still good in its day
8. the old sonic on east main street.
9. The Burger Broil, best chili cheese fries,spent many a Saturday lunch in there with my grandparents.
10. The Italian Factory, same building as the Dixie Pig, only for a few years in the early 80s. Not sure why the Dixie Pig closed in the early 80s?
11. The Old Hickory, across from old West Jr High. They had some great BBQ
12. Taco Hut in Day Shopping Center, this was my favorite fast food mexican as a kid.
13. The Pool Hall, those chili burgers were so good

Retail
1. Old Wal Mart on east main, so many memories
2. Big K, closed in summer 78? became Kmart, now closed
3. Gibsons on south division
4. Magic Mart, later became Alco. building torn down where new Kroger is located.
5. Shamrock Lanes on 10th
6. old Sears store in day shopping center. mid 70s, Santa would always come there in early December to meet kids/
7. the old skating rink at Walker Park. Went to many a bday party there.
8. The train in Walker Park. Those were some good times making the 3 lap ride around and thru the tunnel.
9. Plaza Drug on east main, where the old Auto Zone was.
10. Sterlings on main street. Who can forget the talking bird. Does anyone who was a kid in the 70s remember the lady with dark hair and glasses that would follow you around the toy section to make sure you did not steal anything??
11. The Music Center on main st
12. Spinning Steves Records and Tapes (wasn't there a long time, but a good music store, especially for used records)
13. Camptown Music Store, next to the railroad tracks. This was a good music equiptment store, I took guitar lessons here.
14. The Ritz Movie theater, I can actually say i saw Star Wars here. Does anyone remember going up into the balcony? This was for smoking only, they would chase kids out of there.
15. Otasco, next to the old bank.
16. The old doctors clinc, man i hated going here as a kid. The best thing was in the waiting area, they had a bunch of old time typewriters for the kids to play with.
17. Montgomery Wards, I know this place hasn't been gone that long, but it was such a better store in the 70s.

Lets hear your thoughts and memories of any of these places. Add any places that I may not have mentioned.
Lift-off

Lindale, TX

#3 Oct 31, 2007
Also see: Main Street "way back when"
"Best Barbeque"
"Main Street"
"Main Street Parade" et al

Welcome, STARSHOCKEY! And thanks for the COMPREHENSIVE list! It should stir up some GOOD discussion around here.:)

Since: Oct 07

Ashburn, VA

#4 Oct 31, 2007
I forgot a couple of more places:

The Hickory Pit, good bbq place out on south division. This place closed somewhere around 85. The building is still there, it has been a daycare of something like that for a long time

The Drive In, only went there 3 times and one of them i was too little to remember what was playing, but what a fun place that is missed.

Little Hays on the west side of town: my grandmother would only shop here. thankfully she finally changed her mind in the late 80s and started shopping at Price Chopper, now closed.

“Yeah...that's right.”

Since: Oct 07

BlyVegas

#5 Oct 31, 2007
Dragons 5 Karate, ya'll.
Lift-off

Lindale, TX

#6 Oct 31, 2007
STARSHOCKEY wrote:
Little Hays on the west side of town: my grandmother would only shop here.
Luckily, Sav-A-Lot moved into the old (Piggly Wiggly? Which used to be on Division?) on Main across from the fire station. Having a grocer within WALKING DISTANCE can come in handy for a lot of folks in that part of town. The addition of a Dollar Store was also no dount welcomed.
J Bird

United States

#7 Oct 31, 2007
The Ole' Hickory across form BMS on Chickasawba....

And I loved the Taco Hut cheese dip!!
In The Know

Little Rock, AR

#8 Oct 31, 2007
STARSHOCKEY wrote:
I just came across this website today and it is great to hear people talking about my old hometown. I don't live there anymore, but I get back a few times each year to visit my family. I was thinking the other day of all the great places that have since closed. If you grew up or lived in Blytheville in the 70s and 80s you are certain to remember these places.
RESTAURANTS:
1. The old Tasty Freeze, later became Parks Family Restaurant. Remember the Tasty Freeze started off in the small building that was torn down.
2. Mr. Quick, out on I55, where the new Ford Place is now. this place was torn down a long time ago.
3. Bonanza, I know it recently shut down, but didn't have the same feel it did back in the 80s.
4. Rax, before that it was the Taco Plaza. Now it is Hardys.
5. Shoneys, this was a popular place after church on Sunday night. food was ok, but lots of great memories.
6. Ken's Pizza, now Mazzios.
7. Panchos, late 80s, but still good in its day
8. the old sonic on east main street.
9. The Burger Broil, best chili cheese fries,spent many a Saturday lunch in there with my grandparents.
10. The Italian Factory, same building as the Dixie Pig, only for a few years in the early 80s. Not sure why the Dixie Pig closed in the early 80s?
11. The Old Hickory, across from old West Jr High. They had some great BBQ
12. Taco Hut in Day Shopping Center, this was my favorite fast food mexican as a kid.
13. The Pool Hall, those chili burgers were so good
Retail
1. Old Wal Mart on east main, so many memories
2. Big K, closed in summer 78? became Kmart, now closed
3. Gibsons on south division
4. Magic Mart, later became Alco. building torn down where new Kroger is located.
5. Shamrock Lanes on 10th
6. old Sears store in day shopping center. mid 70s, Santa would always come there in early December to meet kids/
7. the old skating rink at Walker Park. Went to many a bday party there.
8. The train in Walker Park. Those were some good times making the 3 lap ride around and thru the tunnel.
9. Plaza Drug on east main, where the old Auto Zone was.
10. Sterlings on main street. Who can forget the talking bird. Does anyone who was a kid in the 70s remember the lady with dark hair and glasses that would follow you around the toy section to make sure you did not steal anything??
11. The Music Center on main st
12. Spinning Steves Records and Tapes (wasn't there a long time, but a good music store, especially for used records)
13. Camptown Music Store, next to the railroad tracks. This was a good music equiptment store, I took guitar lessons here.
14. The Ritz Movie theater, I can actually say i saw Star Wars here. Does anyone remember going up into the balcony? This was for smoking only, they would chase kids out of there.
15. Otasco, next to the old bank.
16. The old doctors clinc, man i hated going here as a kid. The best thing was in the waiting area, they had a bunch of old time typewriters for the kids to play with.
17. Montgomery Wards, I know this place hasn't been gone that long, but it was such a better store in the 70s.
Lets hear your thoughts and memories of any of these places. Add any places that I may not have mentioned.
WOW, haven't thought of alot of these places in years! I don't remember some of them, either, though!

Didn't Safeway use to be where Hays is now in the Montgomery Ward shopping center?(I'll always call it the MW shopping center lol) And what was the grocery store across from the old Tastee Freeze/Parks/Arby's? Was it also a Piggly Wiggly?
guest

United States

#9 Oct 31, 2007
In The Know wrote:
<quoted text>
WOW, haven't thought of alot of these places in years! I don't remember some of them, either, though!
Didn't Safeway use to be where Hays is now in the Montgomery Ward shopping center?(I'll always call it the MW shopping center lol) And what was the grocery store across from the old Tastee Freeze/Parks/Arby's? Was it also a Piggly Wiggly?
speakin of Piggly Wiggly...

Since: Oct 07

United States

#10 Oct 31, 2007
Quarter Palace
The Villa
The Drive-in theater where Carlocks is
Scotty's Truck Stop
Mississippi Co, Delta and Hodge Lumber
White Construction
When the Pizza Inn sat in a field
Magic Mart
Buffingtons
Kelly's BBQ
West Grocery
Uncle Sams
Mrs Humphreys
Jewells Buffet

Since: Oct 07

United States

#11 Oct 31, 2007
Did I say Uncle Sams????

Uncle Lee's.
STARSHOCKEY

Garland, TX

#12 Oct 31, 2007
I thought of a couple more;

Music Unlimited: across from Days
Tombs Tunes
TG&Y: in Day Shopping Center
Best Clothing Store :in Day Shopping Center
Lead Way: later became Piggly Wiggly on east main, the big building across from Parks Family Restaurant
Uncle Lees: on the airbase highway, only remember going there once as a little kid
Freds: original store was on main street next to Treasure Jewelers
Austins Jewelry: next to Jimmy Edwards furniture, went to nursery school with their daughter Amy
Razors Ice Cream Parlor: this was on 10th street in the same shopping center as the bowling alley, was only open for a couple of years, but had some great ice cream
The Photo Bug on east main: probably the first place you could ever rent movies in Blythevegas
Radio Shack: the original was out in the building next to Kmart
There was an electronics store in the short building that use to be on the corner of main and division. it was on the sw corner near the Catholic Church. Can't remember the name of it, but remember going in there with my parents and looking at ALBUMS, oh my.The building was torn down to make way for the widening of the street some years ago.
WOw, I wonder what it would be like if 1/2 of the places were still around?
Chickasaw Fan

United States

#13 Oct 31, 2007
threader wrote:
Quarter Palace
The Villa
The Drive-in theater where Carlocks is
Scotty's Truck Stop
Mississippi Co, Delta and Hodge Lumber
White Construction
When the Pizza Inn sat in a field
Magic Mart
Buffingtons
Kelly's BBQ
West Grocery
Uncle Sams
Mrs Humphreys
Jewells Buffet
Your showing your age now!!! Mrs. Humphrey's and Buffington's go way back and I do mean way back. Also if you remember Buffington's that well it was called Buff's by a lot of people. That is what Mr Buffington (Buff) went by! Gosh! Talk about the good ole days!
STARSHOCKEY

Garland, TX

#14 Oct 31, 2007
Where was:
Buffingtons
Quarter Palace, I remember it, but can't visualize it
Kellys BBQ

The original Dodge Dealership was out on highway 18, next to the Entertainer.

Jerrys Market: kind of a farmers market, was next to Hays on main. this use to be out on east main in the curve, don't remember the name of it, but the same gentleman owned it.

Westbrooks Honda
The Suzuki shop was on division
Imas: womens clothing store on main next to the Music Center. nice owners, they always offered you a coke when you went in there. that was the only reason I went in there with my mom

Since: Oct 07

United States

#15 Oct 31, 2007
Buffingtons was on 2nd St a block north of the old American Legion. Store in the house.

Quarter Palace was an arcade on N 6th I believe where the Sonic is. Back when video games first came out.

Kellys BBQ was on the S side of town. Lake St I think.

I almost mentioned the electronics store where the catholic church is earlier. I think it was called Bluff City Electronics.

TG&Y. Wow. I'm officially old.
Lift-off

Lindale, TX

#16 Oct 31, 2007
threader wrote:
Buffingtons was on 2nd St a block north of the old American Legion. Store in the house.
Biscuits and gravy!
I almost mentioned the electronics store where the catholic church is earlier. I think it was called Bluff City Electronics.
I keep thinking there was a DRUG STORE on the SW corner of Main & Division...
BTW, was 61 always called "Division Street"? What is the basis for the name?

Since: Sep 07

Blytheville, AR

#17 Oct 31, 2007
STARSHOCKEY wrote:
2. Mr. Quick, out on I55, where the new Ford Place is now. this place was torn down a long time ago.
I thought Mr Quick was where the motel is at now? It was later a Chinese joint that burnt out. They had slammin ham&cheese sandwiches!!

Wasn't there a gas station where the Ford place is?
What Memories

Boston, MA

#18 Oct 31, 2007
STARSHOCKEY wrote:
Where was:
Buffingtons
Quarter Palace, I remember it, but can't visualize it
Kellys BBQ
The original Dodge Dealership was out on highway 18, next to the Entertainer.
Jerrys Market: kind of a farmers market, was next to Hays on main. this use to be out on east main in the curve, don't remember the name of it, but the same gentleman owned it.
Westbrooks Honda
The Suzuki shop was on division
Imas: womens clothing store on main next to the Music Center. nice owners, they always offered you a coke when you went in there. that was the only reason I went in there with my mom
You deserve a special award for this post! I finally found a post that I like. I remember the drive-in, and price chopper with their Whopper Choppers! How about Skidmore's Pianos...that was where I got my first Baldwin Piano...and I loved that bird at Sterlings. I skated at Walker Park and rode that train... Now who's feeling old. I didn't know I was so old. ha Thanks for bringing back so many good memories. Keep it going.

“pity trip 10 miles ahead”

Since: Oct 07

BLytheville

#19 Oct 31, 2007
I remember the quarter palace and the bowling alley it i was on 10th street we would go there for lunch i was a like in 10th grade i think...lol
now i feel old dang it! The last movie i saw at the drive inn was indiana jones and the temple of doom i was like MAYBE 12 or something. Hell i remember when Gosnell school had a smoking area for students, I think they took that out in 86 or 87. does anyone remember the rec center that was in gosnell on lake road or snooks bait shop lmfao
blytheville girl

Georgetown, TX

#20 Nov 1, 2007
GREAT TOPIC i grew up in blytheville, remember most of these places Please keep this going. I LOVE IT
Guest akso

Harwood Heights, IL

#21 Nov 1, 2007
Lift-off wrote:
<quoted text>Biscuits and gravy!
<quoted text>I keep thinking there was a DRUG STORE on the SW corner of Main & Division...
BTW, was 61 always called "Division Street"? What is the basis for the name?
Division was called that due to dividing the town. The drug store on the corner was Hi-Way Drug, owned by Barney Crook who also had Barney's on the west end, in the 2000 blk of Main. Max Hill was the druggest at Hi-way, he now and has for years owned a drug store over at Hardy. Bluff City was in the same building that Hi-way drug was along with a beer joint called crosstown. Also at one time had a photography shop, scrape's I think. The other 3 corners were gas stations.

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