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Old 02-04-2015, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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On the subject of BT's I remember they had a comedy club downstairs and I went in there with my girlfriend once when we were underage. No one seemed to care and we got loaded. Also, the executive chef from BT's left to become the executive chef at "The Great American Cafe" in Somerset Square Glastonbury. This was about 1988.

One of the best memories for me would have to be Plainville drive in and the roller skating rink next door. Currently this area is a big shopping plaza that includes a Kohl's.

In the 80's we would go to the rink to meet girls then go outside and sit in the grass and watch the movie at the drive in. We didn't pay for the movie, but at first no one seemed to care. After a while the police took notice and would shoo everyone away.

Going further back into the 70's the roller skating rink was once the site of a race track. I think it was called "Plainville Stadium" I saw some races and demolition derby's there with my father.

I also remember when the New Britain Red Sox were the Bristol Red Sox at Muzzy field. I think they moved around 1982.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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And Derby. The Lowes in Derby used to be Read's. I remember shopping there as a kid.
There was also a Read's in Yorktown, NY at the Jefferson Valley Mall. Just saw it when I googled the JV Mall for the other thread we have here. Jay
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:48 AM
 
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On the subject of BT's I remember they had a comedy club downstairs and I went in there with my girlfriend once when we were underage. No one seemed to care and we got loaded. Also, the executive chef from BT's left to become the executive chef at "The Great American Cafe" in Somerset Square Glastonbury. This was about 1988.

One of the best memories for me would have to be Plainville drive in and the roller skating rink next door. Currently this area is a big shopping plaza that includes a Kohl's.

In the 80's we would go to the rink to meet girls then go outside and sit in the grass and watch the movie at the drive in. We didn't pay for the movie, but at first no one seemed to care. After a while the police took notice and would shoo everyone away.

Going further back into the 70's the roller skating rink was once the site of a race track. I think it was called "Plainville Stadium" I saw some races and demolition derby's there with my father.

I also remember when the New Britain Red Sox were the Bristol Red Sox at Muzzy field. I think they moved around 1982.
Citysteam still has a comedy club right where the BT's one was. Jay
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Oxford, CT
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I'm trying to remember this "reads"... I'll have to look it up I guess.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:01 AM
 
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I'm trying to remember this "reads"... I'll have to look it up I guess.
Reads was a local department store based in Bridgeport. It had a large store downtown and in Trumbull Shopping Park (now Westfield Trumbull). The Trumbull store was a big 3 level store and was where Target is now located. IT was originally privately owned but they sold out to Federated Department Stores a long time ago. Federated operated it under the Read's name and even expanded the number of stores under that name. Later they consolidated it to the Jordan Marsh name which was a big Boston store. I think the store also changed names to a New York store Federated owned at one point too. Federated eventually merged with the owner of Macy's so the stores all changed names or closed. Jay
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Remember the elevator operator ladies at Reids and Hollands?
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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Remember the elevator operator ladies at Reids and Hollands?
Yes I do. I think I posted about them earlier on this thread. Do you remember when Howlands was a big department store in downtown Bridgeport? It was larger than Read's. I was a little kid when they moved to Fairfield. I remember when that store was being built and everyone was so excited because Holland's was moving to Fairfield. The new store looked small but everyone thought that it was just an illusion until the day it opened. Boy were people disappointed in how small the new store was. I remember going on opening day and them handing out free samples. I think they gave away prizes too. Boy that brings back memories. Jay
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:13 PM
 
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- WWF Wrestling with Andre the Giant at the Coliseum
When I worked on Summer St. in Stamford we were right next door to WWF HQ (they later moved to exit 9). We saw a lot of the guys and often got to chat them up at the convenience store next to the DQ.

And if you thought watching Andre the Giant wrestle was fun, being at Oliver's in White Plains on a night he was downing a case of Heine's was even more impressive
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:59 PM
 
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How about the Fritz and Hawley on Main very near to Golds I think. They sold Unitron telescopes made in Mass. My dad bought me one in maybe 1967 for $238. That was weeks pay or more for him. I think my folks thought buying stuff like that would make me smarter but it didn't. I sold that scope when I got out of the Air Force in 1976 for $100. Today it would go for several 100s.
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:32 PM
 
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Yes I do. I think I posted about them earlier on this thread. Do you remember when Howlands was a big department store in downtown Bridgeport? It was larger than Read's. I was a little kid when they moved to Fairfield. I remember when that store was being built and everyone was so excited because Holland's was moving to Fairfield. The new store looked small but everyone thought that it was just an illusion until the day it opened. Boy were people disappointed in how small the new store was. I remember going on opening day and them handing out free samples. I think they gave away prizes too. Boy that brings back memories. Jay
Where was Holland's in Fairfield?
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