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Old 12-21-2013, 04:12 PM
 
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This time of the year got me thinking about a decoration I remember at the old, long gone Sears in St. Matthews. Since I was a small child at the time it seemed like it was a gigantic Santa with his sleigh and reindeer atop that covered thingy on the sidewalk leading out into the parking lot. Was it really that big? And how about the outdoor slide that I think might have been at a department store in Hikes Point? (Consolidated or K-Mart. maybe?) Was it as huge as a child's mind remember it? Also, to offer a contribution, Ayr-Ways were preceded by L.S. Ayres and owned by the same family.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:07 AM
 
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I recently spent my last week of vacation this year sick as a dog. While bedbound, I started posting pics of old stores on my Facebook page and asking my friends to remember the locations. Here are a few we came up with: Topps, Arlen's, Ayreway, Almart, TG&Y, Roses, Woolco, Consolidated, Britts, GES, Pace, and Grants. Does anyone remember a place called Shopper's Mart? It was on the order of a Peddler's Mall, only not as junky. My stepdad was a metal artist and had a booth there. For the life of me, I can't remember where it was!


My cousin, Jerry Wimsatt, was the manager of the Topps stores. I LOVED Almart on Preston! Wasn't Ayreway what Target is now? Loved the good old days!
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:55 AM
 
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I miss Bacon's! I was around 8 when it closed, but I remember it being way better than Dillards.
Also, There's a re-purposed shopping center at 6201 Preston Hwy in Okolona which is now a Big Lots and a Unique Thrifts. Does anyone know what this was originally? The center itself looks like it was built in the mid 60's or so, but I'm just guessing on that.
I had originally theorized it was an Ayr-Way, but if there was one on Preston it would have been the old Target up the road instead.
Here's a pic on google maps:
http://tinyurl.com/mgafd6g
Thanks to anyone with info!
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:12 AM
 
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I grew up in St Matthews, and remember seeing the closed Children's Palace building and wishing I could check it out. I imagined it to be a really cool forgotten castle inside. It closed before I was born, apparently. It was where Best Buy is now

On another note, I remember the Kenwood and South Park drive-ins fondly. I saw Babe at the Kenwood and Pocahontas at the South Park.

I guess the tie-in between these stories is that the shopping center where Children's Palace was also used to be a drive-in, called the East. Here's a photo, along with Shelbyville road plaza. Check out that farm where Mall St Matthews is now!

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Old 04-25-2014, 01:24 AM
 
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Plehn's Bakery is still one of my favorite donut shops. My parents and I would walk there on Saturday mornings, and tell ourselves we were burning off the calories in the donuts on the walk home.

The old St. Matthews White Castle held great memories, too. One early morning when I was around 10, My mom woke me up to see a meteor shower in Bernheim Forest. We stopped at White Castle for breakfast at 3AM, only to find out breakfast didn't start until 4! It was packed full of people at that hour, too.
The day it closed in 2002, there were lines out the door.
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:28 AM
 
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One more, and then i'll stop:
Piece Goods Fabrics, Hawley-Cooke Booksellers, and Disc Jockey in Shelbyville Road Plaza
Baer's Fabrics closed before I learned to sew. I would be THRILLED to find fabric like what they had now.
Also, the trolley that used to run in St. Matthews. I think it was mostly for the malls.
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:15 AM
 
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I miss Bacon's! I was around 8 when it closed, but I remember it being way better than Dillards.
Also, There's a re-purposed shopping center at 6201 Preston Hwy in Okolona which is now a Big Lots and a Unique Thrifts. Does anyone know what this was originally? The center itself looks like it was built in the mid 60's or so, but I'm just guessing on that.
I had originally theorized it was an Ayr-Way, but if there was one on Preston it would have been the old Target up the road instead.
Here's a pic on google maps:
http://tinyurl.com/mgafd6g
Thanks to anyone with info!
The store on Preston was Consolidated Sales Company.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:40 AM
 
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I grew up on west side of Louisville Memorial gardens cemetery......remember the old conveyor at Dixie manor at the grocery store on the south finger of the center. Also fond memories of the old Bacon's shopping center. When we were kids my friends and I would walk or ride our bikes through the cemetery, cross a large ditch with a huge drain pipe that drained the parking lot (we were adventurous and sometimes would enter this drain pipe and follow it all the way to the center of the parking lot above). We would buy BB's at either Western Auto, the hobby store or Kreske's 5 and dime then we would make our way to Bacon's and ride the escalator until the manager would throw us out. Usually the next agenda was to stop at the old Taylor Drug's and look at the "MAD" magazine, then we would visit the Shively record store at the very south-end of the center and pick up our Top 40 list of what was playing on WAKY or WKLO radio. Great memories!! Jim C.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:32 AM
 
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:56 AM
 
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Ehrler's ice cream, caramel covered marshmallows, Family Fair, A & P, West End, East End, Bowman Field, Starlight Drive In,
Cut N Curl, Dippity Doo, orange juice can rollers, white shoe polish on sneakers, Donaldson's Doughnuts, Mazzoli's fried oysters, Casa Grisanti, Hasenour's, Heitzman's for strawberry whipped cream cake, salt rising bread, cheese or butter kuchen, beer depot afternoon drive, down by River Road, over to Cherokee Park, frog legs at the river, swimming at Turner's, lessons at Whispering Hills, school clothes at Stewart's, Levy's, Bacon's, Department store salad plate with bread pudding and lemon sauce, Weejuns, button down collars with fruit loops, pleated skirts, drag a grocery sack of Halloween candy over the wet grass until it breaks, camel car coat, Green Mountain soda, grilled cheese at Woolworth's, field trip to the Stephen Foster house, planetarium, symphony, Mrs. Stutzenberger for music, Rose Marie for ballet, kickball on asphalt, scraped knees (Bactine not mercurochrome), go cut me a switch, filling station with the restaurant and the polar bear out front, St. Pius Christmas play, bubble lights, ice cream ball with coconut, a candle and plastic holly on top, a dozen eggs to a quart of bourbon, get you a pint of Jamaican rum, divinity with a cherry or pecan, mix some epsom salts and perfume and coloring for a present, grow a rock garden with some bluing and a lump of coal from the railroad track, vegetable soup before payday, party line, noon siren, milk train whistle, beer cheese, benedictine, schmeerkase, party rye, highballs, Falls City beer by the case, Pall Malls by the carton, TV trays, you children are going to drive me to Our Lady of Peace, long distance operator, polio shots, ether, calamine lotion, do NOT put that up your nose, go kiss your cousin and get the measles over with, Friday night Orange Crush, Randy Atcher on the Hayloft Hoedown, Saturday Night Fights, Courier Journal, WHAS, draft lottery, granny gown, find a pattern at Dolfinger's, White Castle on the way home.
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