Connie D

Piscataway, NJ

#105 Feb 23, 2014
Brad wrote:
My family owned strand jewelers from 1966 to 2003. Lot of great memories at my first job. Anyone remember our store?
I remember your store well. During the sixties it was all the rage to where a guys identification bracelet and Strands was the place to go to buy one. I also remember buying some Hippie items later on. I loved growing up in Plainfield - I have so many great memories and there were so many thinggs to do. It was safe to wonder around without adults, which made it all the more fun.
Connie D

Piscataway, NJ

#106 Feb 23, 2014
1965lynn wrote:
Hi Will and Bill,
Yes, Will, we probably do know each other from back then. I remember just walking up and down Front Street with kids who came into the store. Sometime we all would walk right across town to that other record and music store, Gregory's and back again. Lot's of little local bands would come into Gregory's because I believe they sold guitars and instruments and of course sheet music. I remember seeing some members from the Myddle Class once or twice. They were such a good band for a local outfit.
Bill, so it was the Hideaway? I wonder where I got Leon's - could the owner or manager have been called Leon? Maybe I'm thinking of some other place altogether. I'm just getting used to facebook and I will look up "I grew up in Plainfield". That will be fun. Thanks, both of you, for your replies!
It was actually called Leons' Hideaway. You would see guys with an assortment of hats, some looked like a dutch cap. It eas the cool place to be.
Connie D

Piscataway, NJ

#107 Feb 23, 2014
Dewey wrote:
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....Bill you're right...It was the candy shop and the apothecary built in was on the right...My mom took us there all the time ...Remember when all the servers wore pastel handkerchiefs that matched their aprons....That old oak piece would be worth a fortune by nw.
I also remember Hall's Drugstore Soda Fountain on Watching Ave between fifth and sixth street. There was also a small H. Elliots Candy store almost next to Grungings. I also remeber the little shack on Terrell Road where the smoothest, tasty Italian Ice was sold.
Connie D

Piscataway, NJ

#108 Feb 23, 2014
Brad wrote:
My family owned strand jewelers from 1966 to 2003. Lot of great memories at my first job. Anyone remember our store?
I remember Strands well. When we were 13 the big thing was for Boys to give girls their ID bracelets when going steady. We all bought them at Strands. Later on it was Hippie beads etc. We also wore these wool navy blue shirt coats called CPO's, which we bought at the Surprise Store.
Will

New Castle, PA

#109 Feb 24, 2014
Connie D wrote:
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I remember Strands well. When we were 13 the big thing was for Boys to give girls their ID bracelets when going steady. We all bought them at Strands. Later on it was Hippie beads etc. We also wore these wool navy blue shirt coats called CPO's, which we bought at the Surprise Store.
Connie, by any chance did you live right near Muhlenberg Hospital?
1965Lynn

Portland, ME

#110 Mar 21, 2014
Hey everyone, can anyone remember the name of a pizza place on the west end of Front Street going towards the Liberty Theater and around Gregory's Music store? It was on a side street but close to Front Street. There was another pizza place on Front Street and I can't remember the name of that one either. Thanks! Lynn.
Will

Pittsburgh, PA

#111 Mar 21, 2014
1965Lynn wrote:
Hey everyone, can anyone remember the name of a pizza place on the west end of Front Street going towards the Liberty Theater and around Gregory's Music store? It was on a side street but close to Front Street. There was another pizza place on Front Street and I can't remember the name of that one either. Thanks! Lynn.
I remember Conca D'oro. It had its second location nearly across Front Street from Gregory's. It was directly on W. Front, though, not on a side street.
Lisa

Wheat Ridge, CO

#112 May 3, 2014
Hi Russell - I grew up in Plainfield during that time also. Fond memories of the Frontier Diner and grape sodas at McCorys. We used to buy ice cream at Gruning's and I remember once they filmed Candid Camera there! Oops...seeing this post 4 years later; oh well.
Jim T

New York, NY

#113 May 5, 2014
I grew up in North Plainfield but spent a lot of time with my family in downtown Plainfield. When i was real young, we went to the First methodist Church which was squeezed in right nezst to the Conca D'oro. It burned down and moved to East Front St, but i still have a few memories. Now it is just a parking lot.
Across the street i can remember Gregory's, R&S Auto Store and several furniture stores. Sears was on the corner of the next block. Heading east was Tiny Tots, Arthurs (before it turned to a catlog store), Singer Sewing Machines on the south side (before the whole block was torn down), Goerkes, to mention a few.I bought my first clarinet in Mucks on Madison Ave. Then the tiny Plainfield Book Shop, Surprise Store, Sav-On Drugs, Strand Theater, and the 2 five and dimes and finally Bambergers. If I had more time I am sure I could remember more.
Will F

New Castle, PA

#114 May 5, 2014
Jim T wrote:
Across the street i can remember Gregory's, R&S Auto Store and several furniture stores. Sears was on the corner of the next block. Heading east was Tiny Tots, Arthurs (before it turned to a catlog store), Singer Sewing Machines on the south side (before the whole block was torn down), Goerkes, to mention a few.I bought my first clarinet in Mucks on Madison Ave. Then the tiny Plainfield Book Shop, Surprise Store, Sav-On Drugs, Strand Theater, and the 2 five and dimes and finally Bambergers. If I had more time I am sure I could remember more.
Hi, Jim - There was a Sears on Front Street? When would that have been? I remember everywhere else you mention, but to go to Sears, we had to drive up to the highway.
Vince

United States

#115 May 5, 2014
Will F wrote:
<quoted text>Hi, Jim - There was a Sears on Front Street? When would that have been? I remember everywhere else you mention, but to go to Sears, we had to drive up to the highway.
Tepper's, Steinberg's and Bamberger's were the department stores on Front St in the sixties and seventies. Tepper's was the one closest to Gregory's.
Jim T

New York, NY

#116 May 5, 2014
Will F wrote:
<quoted text>Hi, Jim - There was a Sears on Front Street? When would that have been? I remember everywhere else you mention, but to go to Sears, we had to drive up to the highway.
Sears was on the corner of W Front and Madison, across Madison from Gregorys Music Store (now apparently the Red Cross). Google it and zoom down to Street View. It is the yellow brick building. The sign apprars to say Butzler Filter Co or something similiar, but is boarded up. Across the street was the Grove Key Shop.There were 2 or 3 floors and you went around back to the loading dock on Madison. This closed of course when they built the one on 22. A driving range and mini golf used to be there, with a big windmill on the corner, before Sears tore it down to build.

Does anyone remember the name of a fairly large discount clothing store that was on Watchung Ave in Plainfield north of Front St? I can rememeber the creaky bare wood floors and the pneumatic tubes used to send messages from place to place. Lorstan Studios was there too but prob a few years later. I used to get my haircut across the street.
Jim T

New York, NY

#117 May 5, 2014
Vince wrote:
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Tepper's, Steinberg's and Bamberger's were the department stores on Front St in the sixties and seventies. Tepper's was the one closest to Gregory's.
Teppers was also Goerkes. SteinBACHS was also Hahnes, i believe. I can remember when Bambs and Woolworths were getting built. Early 50's i believe. I think there was originally a church on that site, and you could watch the construction through those round holes they used to put on the boards for that purpose.
Trying to remmeber what was originally on the Frontier Diner site before that was built.
Bill Garrett

Lyndhurst, NJ

#118 May 6, 2014
There was an R&S auto parts store on the corner before the Frontier Diner was put there. The Frontier was originally about two or three doors up Front Street, next to Phillip's hardware store. It was a very narrow diner then.
Will F

New Castle, PA

#119 May 6, 2014
Jim T wrote:
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Teppers was also Goerkes.
Wasn't it Rosenbaum's that became Goerke's, the department store between Somerset and Watchung?
Vince

United States

#120 May 6, 2014
Wow. I had thought Woolworth's was so much older. It only slightly pre- dated me.
Jim T

New York, NY

#121 May 7, 2014
Will F wrote:
<quoted text>Wasn't it Rosenbaum's that became Goerke's, the department store between Somerset and Watchung?
Yes, that's it - an R&S!! There were two downtown back then. Now it's Lily Greenleaves or similiar

You could be right Will. I am likley getting confused between those two department stores that were on Front.

Who remembers the Grant's five and ten next to the bank on E. Front at the foot of Park Ave?(The bank used to be the UNB but I cannot remember before that - Plainfield Trust perhaps?) The 5&10 had an open stairway and the store stretched a considerable way back on the 2nd floor. I have a faint childhood memopry of this.

Also, the Miles and National Shoe stores between Somerset and Watchung!
And the S&H Green Stamp Redemption Center on Roosevelt.

I believe the Bambs and Woolworths were built in the early or mid 1950's. I was quite young then.
Anne K

Plainfield, NJ

#122 May 8, 2014
Hi, I was wondering if anyone can tell me the name of the pond that was located behind the houses on Sleepy Hollow Lane and Watchung Ave, in the area of 1776 Sleepy Hollow Lane. Thanks!
Jim T

New York, NY

#123 Jun 9, 2014
Vince wrote:
Wow. I had thought Woolworth's was so much older. It only slightly pre- dated me.
I actually may be a bit confused. Possibly Woolworths is older and Greene's was built the same time as Bambergers. Not sure at this point.
Jim T

New York, NY

#124 Jun 9, 2014
Connie D wrote:
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I also remember Hall's Drugstore Soda Fountain on Watching Ave between fifth and sixth street. There was also a small H. Elliots Candy store almost next to Grungings. I also remeber the little shack on Terrell Road where the smoothest, tasty Italian Ice was sold.
Grillo's Italian Ices. Great ice, bad location. The shack stood for a looong time, but Mr Grillo has gone.

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