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Yeah I said It

United States

#1 Nov 3, 2009
Man, this is getting crazy. I guess I'm late cause I just noticed that Simpson's Drug Store was outta there. Before ya know it, the only store in town will be SuperValu and no telling how much longer it will last. Damn, I hate this. Its just a constant downward spiral. It just seems so weird considering how it was when I was growing up here. I remember (post any ones I forget):
Turf 2nd st and 8th st.
C&E Bowling Lanes
Cutmart on 27th St
Bobby's
Sonic/Dudley's
PicPac/Piggly Wiggly
Ernie's Arcade (across from SuperValu)
Mack's
Harper's
Simpson's Drug Store
Lapetite
Rex
The Olivers :)
EC Entertainment Jr Box lil spot on 34th
Williams Video
Villa Pizza
Smith & Groves
Rhodes and Buford's
Hospital and Dentist's office
Elias
Washateria
Cleaners
KFC
Snookers Club w/ Good Ol' Vondoza
JJ's Pool Hall
FillUp Mart
Nonny's
HornBurgers's Auto Body Shop
Forgot about

Sunnyvale, CA

#2 Nov 4, 2009
Andy's
Yeah I said It

United States

#3 Nov 4, 2009
Forgot about wrote:
Andy's
I'm talking about businesses that are closed.
Nancy

Saint Charles, MO

#4 Nov 4, 2009
And I remember: Bryant's, Westermann's, Henckell's, Lehning's and Neal's Drug Stores. Restaurants - Lee's, Howard and Cornell's, The Pit, What-A-Burger. Then there was JC Penney's, Blum's, Khourie's, Mode-O-Day, Mildred Gates, Gibson's Corset Shop, Karcher's and Terrell's shoes.
When I was a kid (50 years ago), we would walk downtown on Saturday, have a sandwich at Bryant's, go to the Gem Theater, then next door to Cairo News and Music, then to both dime stores (Woolworth's and Kress)then walk back home. Good memories of growing up there.
concerned

United States

#5 Nov 5, 2009
Well said... and lets not forget the annual Christmas parade and a triple feature at the Gem. Loved to go to John's mart and get that long, red licorice to take into the movies.
Nancy

Wentzville, MO

#6 Nov 8, 2009
I had forgotten about John's Mart. Odd, since that's where a lot of my allowance went. What I can't remember is the name of the store where I bought a Barbie doll when they first came out. Seems like it was toys, model cars, train sets, etc. Anybody remember?
Lisa

United States

#7 Dec 2, 2009
My parents ran Cairo News and Music until it closed
b on mines

United States

#8 Dec 31, 2009
This is really really sad!!
Guest

Cairo, IL

#9 Jan 1, 2010
Crestmans Grocery 28th St,The Bakery on the highway,Farmers Mkt 38th St. Stop n Shop which is now S&S furniture. Lewis Grocery which is now the V.F.W.
Guest

Cairo, IL

#10 Jan 1, 2010
Oh, and don't forget THE PIT.
concerned

New Orleans, LA

#11 Jan 4, 2010
Was it the hobby house? Later became Mod House. I was too young to get in.
lol

Murfreesboro, TN

#12 Jan 4, 2010
it wasn't stop and shop,it was u save and butcher block b4 that. i also remember the hub across from simpsons.
concerned

United States

#13 Jan 5, 2010
It was The Toy and Hobby Store. And Chrestmans is spelled with a h!
Browsing

Cairo, IL

#14 Jan 17, 2010
Guest wrote:
Crestmans Grocery 28th St,The Bakery on the highway,Farmers Mkt 38th St. Stop n Shop which is now S&S furniture. Lewis Grocery which is now the V.F.W.
Gosh, I remember all of those....Chrestman's, Grueninger's Bakery, Farmers Market (when I was little it was an open-air market) and Clifford's Stop 'n Shop. There was the uptown theatre (can't remember the name) and the Salvation Army had a place on the corner of 33rd and Sycamore. Also, there was Baker's Veterinary, Hobart Knight's State Farm, Sackberger Service Station

Does anyone remember Rees Drug Store before it was Westerman's?
please

Park Hills, MO

#15 Jan 23, 2010
Browsing wrote:
<quoted text>
Gosh, I remember all of those....Chrestman's, Grueninger's Bakery, Farmers Market (when I was little it was an open-air market) and Clifford's Stop 'n Shop. There was the uptown theatre (can't remember the name) and the Salvation Army had a place on the corner of 33rd and Sycamore. Also, there was Baker's Veterinary, Hobart Knight's State Farm, Sackberger Service Station
Does anyone remember Rees Drug Store before it was Westerman's?
what would you like to see.
Browsing

Cairo, IL

#16 Jan 23, 2010
please wrote:
<quoted text>what would you like to see.
What I would like to see and what is realistically achievable are probably poles apart. However, I do think we have a lot to work with here and even the smallest of efforts can meet with success if we, as citizens, pledge our support to those willing to try.

I noticed on the Charleston, Mo., topix a couple of people listing things they think would benefit Charleston. I had previously mentioned a few of those to people here in Cairo. I do believe that we could make some of them work. They aren't grandiose and some would even find them laughable....but, hey, a business is a business.

GJW

Since: Jun 10

Saint Louis, MO

#17 Nov 12, 2010
Nancy wrote:
I had forgotten about John's Mart. Odd, since that's where a lot of my allowance went. What I can't remember is the name of the store where I bought a Barbie doll when they first came out. Seems like it was toys, model cars, train sets, etc. Anybody remember?
Maybe Western Auto
JHD

Bradenton, FL

#18 Nov 12, 2010
Metheney's market and gunshop.
Old School 71

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Nov 15, 2010
Hope about Firestone, BFGoodrich, Sears Catalog, JCPenney Store, Montgomery WArds Catalog STore, Clarks Lumber, Vowells Hardware, Sam Lee's Laundry, Hornberger Sheetmetal,,Lennings Pharmacy, Mark Twain, 20 Gas STations,
Taverns, Wholesale Liquors (3), Star Cafe, Tons of Small Grocery stores,
Barber Shops.

I miss the smell of old Cairo, my father and I would go for early morning walks east on 12th street to Ohio, south on Ohio to 8th, then through the sea wall gates down to third, then up commercial to 8th and stop at Lee's coffee shop for coffee and a donut (milk for me. I can't stand Westvaco. The air used to be sweet with the smell of flowers and magnolia.

I miss people who would sweep their front stoops and the curb in front of their house. I think that it is easy to forget what it was like to walk around Cairo. The thing that differentiated Cairo from other towns nearby was that it had sidewalks everywhere.

Since: Nov 10

Mounds, IL

#20 Nov 15, 2010
Coca-Cola Plant
Cairo Lumber Company
Pyramid Roofing
Lane & Hargus
Wolf's Barber Shop
Rye's Jewelry
Michaelson's
Pherol (SP?) women's shop
The Dotty Shop
Curtis and Mays Photo Studio
Lewis Clothing (kids)
Security Bank
Bourland Paint Company
Koch Shell - 2 locations
Clark Station
Sinclair gas station
Vaughn's services station?
JoAnn Laundry
Cairo Laundry
Day and Rath (SP?)
Rink's Grocery - 2 locations
DeJarnett Standard Station

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