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Old 06-15-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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Heading down Orchard toward Kenwood Rd the Beverage Stop was on the right, set back from the road and behind the strip mall. It was behind the Sohio station at the corner of Kenwood and Montgomery.

Across Kenwood from UDF, etc was Pogues which I think was added a few years after Kenwood Plaza. McAlpins was at the opposite end of the Plaza near Kroger's and Gray Drugs. Albers was at the Kenwood Rd end next to Burkhardts and near Carlson's and the Kenwood Hobby Shop. Grants and Kresge's were in the middle along with Fannie Farmers, a barber shop and some other stuff.

We moved there in the very late 50's right before the Plaza was built. I remember the National Guard or somebody had a training exercise in the fields where it was built and we kids scoured the area collecting shell casings from the blanks that they used.

Our family also shopped at A&P and I passed it every day going to and from St Johns. I do remember the fruit stand on Irwin.
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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Our family also shopped at A&P and I passed it every day going to and from St Johns. I do remember the fruit stand on Irwin.
What years did you go to St. Johns? I also went there. Was Sister Stanislaus the principal when you went there?
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:21 PM
 
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What years did you go to St. Johns? I also went there. Was Sister Stanislaus the principal when you went there?
I think I transferred from St John's to St. Vincent's around 1961. I can't remember who the principal was.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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I was behind you by a couple of years. I think I started somewhere around 1965-66. St Johns didn't start until second grade. Kindergarten and 1st grade were at Deer Park Elementary. The first couple of years I went to St. John we still had the old church. I can't remember what year the new church was built. I know I had both my first communion and confirmation in the old church. The old church was then turned into our gym.

My kids still laugh at me when I tell them I really did walk to school almost everyday. Like I said earlier, my mom loved to walk so that was right up her alley. She would walk us to Deer Park Elementary in the mornings, then another lady met us and walked us home in the afternoons. Lots of times in the afternoons I remember we stopped and played at Chamberlain Park to play in nice weather. Once we started St. Johns, the older neighbor kids kept an eye on us walking to and from school.

Last edited by BiloxiBelle; 06-20-2011 at 09:20 AM.. Reason: It was Amity School. Not Deer Park Elementary.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:47 PM
 
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when did mcDonalds open on the east side of Montgomery Rd?
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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when did mcDonalds open on the east side of Montgomery Rd?
Good question. I don't remember but I do recall it was one of the signature Golden Arches buildings, where you went up to the outdoor counter and ordered. There was no inside seating, it was strictly carryout. Back then the signs advertised the number of burgers sold nationally.

I also remember when they built the new building around the original. I don't think they even interrupted the service even a day. Somehow the new building was built around and adsorbed the original without disrupting the business.

Actually I don't believe it was east, but rather more south across Montgomery Rd from the original Plaza.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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I remember back then when my uncle had a Frisch Big Boy franchise in Washington Court House. He would tell me there were only two franchises he coveted in northern Cincinnati. One was the McDonalds on Montgomery Road across from Kenwood Plaza and the other was the Skyline Chili down the road on Montgomery nearer Silverton in a strip center. He used to tell me I would give my eye teeth to own either one of these franchises. They are absolutely money making machines. My uncle did quite well with his Frisch's franchises, but he always felt these two stores were the cream of the crop in northern Cincinnati.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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when did mcDonalds open on the east side of Montgomery Rd?
If I had to guess I'd say 1964?
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:04 PM
 
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Wow. I had to be in the Kenwood area today and had about an hour to kill in the middle of the afternoon. I can't remember the last time I was there on a Saturday. So I ventured into the mall parking lot. Really difficult to find an empty space anywhere. What recession?
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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Speaking of Kenwood, how long can they seriously let that half-built tower continue to rust like that? It's right next to Cincinnati's most affluent and popular mall and towers over I-71, but it is as big an eyesore as is imaginable.

I can't imagine that Crate & Barrel, the Container Store and other retailers actually in the building are too thrilled about sitting on the ground floor of a derelict steel structure.

I understand the whole thing is tied up in court, but can't the county or the township force its demolition?
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