Village Square circa 1980

Village Square circa 1980

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Usetoworkthere

Hastings, NE

#1 Oct 30, 2010
I remember a waterbed store there, 4D's Waterbeds, and a great deli right across from it, Anybody know the name?
ILUVFLO

United States

#2 Feb 3, 2011
Village Square closing was really one of the worst things to happen for the Hazelwood and Florissant area! It really was a great place to shop! I used to love going to Old Town with my mom and to the ice shop and candy shop there!
home

United States

#3 Feb 9, 2011
what is up?
Responder

Asheville, NC

#4 Nov 15, 2012
I remember a grocery store, a Dairy Queen and a convenience store right across the way from Dairy Queen.
miss piggy

United States

#5 Dec 27, 2012
I remember the magic shop that had the scary masks and fake poop! And the magic resipe pizza place!
Marcus Welby

United States

#6 Dec 27, 2012
Before they created Old Town in Village Square, some of the stores were Golde's, Flaming Pit, Kresge's, Lane Bryant???, and a shoe repair shop. There was also a drug store on the end (closest to the swimming pool) that I believe was either Gasen or Glaser drugs and a coin shop near the drug store. The swimming pool used to be where CD Reunion now stands.
Also

Saint Louis, MO

#7 Dec 30, 2012
Suncance Silver and Hide, Pearl Paint and Caseys Sporting Goods
Ha Ha

United States

#8 Dec 30, 2012
The sausage shop was a neat place
Sausage, cheese, etc.
Goldes had the talking black bird.
OldFlo

Florissant, MO

#9 Jan 24, 2013
I remember that you could smoke in the theater if you sat in the balcony. Good old days before the nicotine-nazis started confusing manners and liberty.
Old timer

Florissant, MO

#10 Jan 24, 2013
Usetoworkthere wrote:
I remember a waterbed store there, 4D's Waterbeds, and a great deli right across from it, Anybody know the name?
Babor's or similar spelling. Also had a store at NW Plaza or Northland. Good people, great sandwiches with trimmings
hardhead

United States

#11 Jan 24, 2013
didn't they have an orange julis there.
Rick

Florissant, MO

#12 Oct 25, 2014
The 1960's Village Square: The Square was built in a former corn field owned by a local farm family, the Aubuchons, I think. The drug store was Glaser's, and in its early days, even had a "soda fountain." The supermarket was Tri-City Grocery, the great lady's clothing store just south of Golde's was Arthur's, and there was a Kresge's, known in our day as a "five and dime" store which later became K-Mart. A hobby shop was there, record store, a candy store known as Carmel-Korn (didn't last long). The shoe repair shop was owned and operated by Joe Sanfilipo (sp?) and had a shoe shine man known as Jimmy. Joe did all sorts of leather work and even had work done in the prison system for sale such as purses, leather bags, wallets, etc. A barber shop was in there, too. A hardware shop was next to the supermarket, and over by the drugstore was Zale's Jewelry, where my folks bought my high school ring.
Spring and summer brought Friday night bands to play on a trailer by the entry sign on Dunn Road and near/on the fountains that were on the south side of the Square. Bob Kuban and the In Men gigged there a few times, and his lead singer, Walter Scott, hit on my date. Wow, this brings back a ton of memories!!
Village Square was the hub of Hazelwood before the development of Lindbergh and competition from the local malls.
I still remember much from the late 1950's (Hazelwood's street dances, 1st Khoury League, 1st fields, etc. I will post some more in the future.)
Take care, all.

Rick
Michael

Vancouver, WA

#13 Jan 9, 2015
Rick wrote:
The 1960's Village Square: The Square was built in a former corn field owned by a local farm family, the Aubuchons, I think. The drug store was Glaser's, and in its early days, even had a "soda fountain." The supermarket was Tri-City Grocery, the great lady's clothing store just south of Golde's was Arthur's, and there was a Kresge's, known in our day as a "five and dime" store which later became K-Mart. A hobby shop was there, record store, a candy store known as Carmel-Korn (didn't last long). The shoe repair shop was owned and operated by Joe Sanfilipo (sp?) and had a shoe shine man known as Jimmy. Joe did all sorts of leather work and even had work done in the prison system for sale such as purses, leather bags, wallets, etc. A barber shop was in there, too. A hardware shop was next to the supermarket, and over by the drugstore was Zale's Jewelry, where my folks bought my high school ring.
Spring and summer brought Friday night bands to play on a trailer by the entry sign on Dunn Road and near/on the fountains that were on the south side of the Square. Bob Kuban and the In Men gigged there a few times, and his lead singer, Walter Scott, hit on my date. Wow, this brings back a ton of memories!!
Village Square was the hub of Hazelwood before the development of Lindbergh and competition from the local malls.
I still remember much from the late 1950's (Hazelwood's street dances, 1st Khoury League, 1st fields, etc. I will post some more in the future.)
Take care, all.
Rick
Rick, the shoe shine man was "Johnny".
Rick

Florissant, MO

#14 Tuesday Jun 28
Michael wrote:
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Rick, the shoe shine man was "Johnny".
Thanks for the correction, Michael.
Before Village Square, there was a "teen dance hall" across Lindbergh where the auto shop is now, and a baseball field was where the shopping center is on Dunn Road; Dunn Road leading east was Taylor road, and wound around with two 90 degree turns. Close to where the Mobil Station sits on the corner of Elm Grove and Lindbergh was one of Hazelwood School District's one-room school houses (It is now across hiway 270, restored on Utz Lane). In the strip mall behind the Medical Center on Lynn Haven was Elm Grove Elementary School- a portion of one of the walls is still existing on the east side of the strip mall by the creek.
Behind Lynn Haven to the north is a creek ("crick" in the day) that was the southern boundary of a farmer's field that was planted in beans and corn. We used to say that you could cross the creek and go to the Missouri River without having to go through any subdivisions! Building Lucky Strike Bowling Alley changed things as bowling was a huge recreation for the blue collar working class folks in Hazelwood and Florissant. Hazelwood held street dances in front of Lucky Strike a couple of years by restricting traffic from Lindbergh by parking a trailer at the intersection, played records, danced, drank, and fought occasionally.
In 1958, Hazelwood started a Khoury League baseball league. They fielded four teams- no matter how old you were, you were on one of those teams! The ages ran from about 8-12 years old, and it made for an interesting league. One team was short two players for a game, so they placed two girls in the outfield as the manager told the ump that the Khoury League book didn't say that girls were not allowed. We played the games on the Elm Grove Elementary fields behind the bowling alley, then a few years later behind the city hall on Pershall. As the leagues filled up with more ball players, Whitecliffe Park on Howdershell was used for games. The second year, they played an "All-Star" game against Florissant, who beat us pretty badly. It would be another three years before any team beat a Florissant team.
Hazelwood and Florissant were pretty much blue collar towns, especially with McDonnell Aircraft and the Lincoln Mercury Plant in North County. Lindbergh was hiway 140, but no hiway 70 or 270.
Interestingly, Florissant was primarily Catholic and Hazelwood Protestant, but it still had a fair sized Catholic community. The Hazelwood School District always served fish on Fridays because of the high number of Catholic students attending!:)
in Hazelwood, there was a lot of farmland timber, subdivisions were being built, but it was still a semi-rural community.
Sorry to ramble on so, but that is what I remember.
Michael, if I am off on some of these, feel free to speak up.

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