Memories of Quakertown
Ironic

Hatfield, PA

#144 Jan 11, 2010
NotZKM wrote:
<quoted text>Only the OWNER of the Q-Mart would have known about noise complaints. Right, Richard?
Don't you DARE you "our" when referring to locals around here! You DO NOT LIVE HERE. Go away!
Yo, obsessed, paranoid hater of all things Woldow- the "noise complaints" are from ME. Get a grip on reality.

The noise intruded on the outside enjoyment of everyone who lived for at least a half mile radius of the QMart- for example around the high school. Just ask any old-timer about the noise, especially on Sunday afternoons. In your youth, you probably thought it was fun or just ignored it. It was an obnoxious nuisance. If you think sound doesn't travel, ask residents of Mill St and beyond if they can hear the band practicing. The noise from the track was deafening as you got closer.
citizen

Lansdale, PA

#145 Jan 11, 2010
Ironic wrote:
How ironic that many of the stores and places NotZKM and others mentioned went out of business due to the building of shopping centers with free parking and longer hours and more competitive pricing possibilities. How ironic that suburban sprawl contributed to the need for the building of and for the driving to such centers. How ironic that a former local comprehensive plan and zoning decisions to encourage 2 acre zoning and segregating housing from commercial properties and discouraging the development of denser housing within walking distance of Quakertown contributed to the sprawl. How ironic would it be if NotZKM or others here helped write the comprehensive plan that contributed to the sprawl that contributed to the passing of those places rememberd so fondly here?
How ironic that boys who live in one of the new developments that were built on former farmland will never know the pleasures of living in town! How fantastic that girls living in such developments can benefit from the RASA sponsored park that also resulted from this same comprehensive plan! Lemonade from lemons!
Good Lord, what does any of this have to do with the price of cheese in China? Go make your own thread about this. This one is about remembering the past.
NotZKM

Quakertown, PA

#146 Jan 11, 2010
class of 1974 wrote:
Do you remember when there were businesses on the side of the building where Giant is now? I remember a barber shop and an eye doctor. I'm not sure what else had been there.
I think I remember the barber shop. Wasn't it at the back of the building? Not sure.

Does anyone remember what bank was located where the Coldwell Banker real estate office is now?
NotZKM

Quakertown, PA

#147 Jan 11, 2010
Oh, remember when Norm Baringer had his office at Broad and 3rd, across from the Friendly Book Stere?

And the MAB paint store was behind FBS on 3rd st.
citizen

Lansdale, PA

#148 Jan 11, 2010
NotZKM wrote:
<quoted text>I think I remember the barber shop. Wasn't it at the back of the building? Not sure.
Does anyone remember what bank was located where the Coldwell Banker real estate office is now?
I think that was a bank...not sure which one. Who remembers the beer store on 2nd street/Apple Alley?
NotZKM

Quakertown, PA

#149 Jan 11, 2010
Does anyone remember the name of the little restaurant/drive-in at the corner of Thatcher and Old Bethlehem Rds. in Haycock? They used to have a little miniature golf area set up there. They also great pork BBQ sandwiches!
citizen

Lansdale, PA

#150 Jan 11, 2010
NotZKM wrote:
Does anyone remember the name of the little restaurant/drive-in at the corner of Thatcher and Old Bethlehem Rds. in Haycock? They used to have a little miniature golf area set up there. They also great pork BBQ sandwiches!
It's been a few things, but Parkway is what I am remembering. It was something else after that. Is it open now? That's a rough location for anything- pretty off the beaten path. They also have the Raven's Nest out there and whatever the restaurant is now that was the Sign of the Sorrel Horse...
citizen

Lansdale, PA

#151 Jan 11, 2010
NotZKM wrote:
Oh, remember when Norm Baringer had his office at Broad and 3rd, across from the Friendly Book Stere?
And the MAB paint store was behind FBS on 3rd st.
The Gibson's paint/wallpaper store was right there too, no?
Yuck

Philadelphia, PA

#152 Jan 11, 2010
Ironic Wrote "Everybody has special memories of the things that have perished but some (like the annoying noise from the QMart race track) can be remembered without being missed or considered part of "the good old days"
You are an annoying noise from today ,please go away.
NotZKM

Quakertown, PA

#153 Jan 11, 2010
citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
It's been a few things, but Parkway is what I am remembering. It was something else after that. Is it open now? That's a rough location for anything- pretty off the beaten path. They also have the Raven's Nest out there and whatever the restaurant is now that was the Sign of the Sorrel Horse...
Parkway...that's it! It's an Italian place now.
NotZKM

Quakertown, PA

#154 Jan 11, 2010
citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
The Gibson's paint/wallpaper store was right there too, no?
Gibson's Decorating was out front on Broad. They were located where Stadium Sports was.
citizen

Lansdale, PA

#155 Jan 11, 2010
NotZKM wrote:
<quoted text>Gibson's Decorating was out front on Broad. They were located where Stadium Sports was.
It was on 3rd Street for a long time before that...much smaller store. I forget waht the building is now but it is behind the Friendly Book Store.
Aimee

Philadelphia, PA

#156 Jan 11, 2010
I know I will get flack for bringing this up but, oh well.
Nancy Bosworth put together these great binders about the history of Qtown and there is a whole wall of them. If you get a chance to get in the barn it is really fun to look through these binders. She has binders about local businesses, school happening,local history and all kinds of memories from town.
It was amazing for me helping to put these binders together and I learned so much from her.
I hope you will take the time to check it out and bring back fond memories.
class of 1975

Quakertown, PA

#157 Jan 11, 2010
Aimee wrote:
I know I will get flack for bringing this up but, oh well.
Nancy Bosworth put together these great binders about the history of Qtown and there is a whole wall of them. If you get a chance to get in the barn it is really fun to look through these binders. She has binders about local businesses, school happening,local history and all kinds of memories from town.
It was amazing for me helping to put these binders together and I learned so much from her.
I hope you will take the time to check it out and bring back fond memories.
I would like to see them who is Nancy Bosworth and where are they?
class of 1977

Quakertown, PA

#158 Jan 11, 2010
Does anybody remember Johnny Smoll's sports shop where (I think) Urban Male was. If you went out for Little League and sold 10 booster tickets Mr. Smoll would give you a baseball. Also, remember when UGI was on Broad (In front of the burned out stove works) then moved to Broad and 14th?
Aimee

Philadelphia, PA

#159 Jan 11, 2010
class of 1975 wrote:
<quoted text>I would like to see them who is Nancy Bosworth and where are they?
Nancy Bosworth was the Historian for the Quakertown Historical Society for YEARS, till politic's took over.
You can call the QHS (listed in the phone book) and request a visit. They used to be open the first Sat. of the month from 9 to 12 but haven't been for some time.The barn is behind Liberty Hall on Main St. across from the Burgess Foulke house.
Don't mention my name or you will never get in lol.
I typed up an index of the binders years ago, but don't know if they still have it.
I pray you can get in and enjoy these, I wish I could :o(
class of 95

Quakertown, PA

#160 Jan 11, 2010
I remember Genaurdis where the Swan Pantry is now, as well as the movie theater and...I think Sear's Surplus.
class of 1975

Quakertown, PA

#161 Jan 11, 2010
remember when the news agency was in a white building between dimmigs and where q-town bank is now.
class of 1975

Quakertown, PA

#162 Jan 11, 2010
I remember when in high school how we always went skating at the pond on 4th and Mill Street at night and on the creek that's next to it.The cabin always had the fire going to get warm.I can close my eyes and still see it as if it was yesterday.Do they use the pond that much anymore?
qtown resident

Newtown Square, PA

#163 Jan 11, 2010
does anyone remember the name of the club located in the seafood shanty in quakertown..or was it still called trainers at the time.

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