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Old 12-11-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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Great memories in this thread. I can think of a few to add:

Penrod's at Northlake...a great meat (meet?) market

Victoria's Station..the restaurant in a train car

Handy City...the store that took on Home Depot and lost

Richway...the department store (not affiliated with Rich's) that had it all except a solid way to check you out. It was one of the early adopters of bar code technology and just didn't have it right.

D'Lites..the fast food chain that offered healthy fare. Didn't last long.
Ohhhh! 57th Fighter Squadron at Peachtree DeKalb Airport--it had a great Sunday Brunch.

'Penrods'/NLake--before it was Bennigan's it was most definitely Penrod's--maybe I met you there after work during the mid-70's? LOL---Long Live That Silver Ball!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Ohhhh! 57th Fighter Squadron at Peachtree DeKalb Airport--it had a great Sunday Brunch.

'Penrods'/NLake--before it was Bennigan's it was most definitely Penrod's--maybe I met you there after work during the mid-70's? LOL---Long Live That Silver Ball!!!!!!!!!!!
Remember 57th Fighter very well. Was Penrods the one with the British telephone booth and double decker bus?
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Norcross, GA
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^My mother was looking for 57th Fighter a few months ago--she had remembered it from a date with my father and didn't bother to check whether it had moved or left for 25 years...
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:11 PM
 
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Not to take away from the pleasantries of the thread, and this is the only comment I'll make about this subtle unmentioned nuance... but I was asking an older guy at mt job about some of the places that were mentioned on this thread. He said, "Man, we couldn't go into those areas...". He remembers the same places in 1950's and 1960's Atlanta quite differently...

He told me stories about how he and a girl were escorted out by police just for stepping into The Varsity to ask for directions. He said a crowd of GA Tech students followed them out into the parking lot and would have assaulted them had they not ran away.

Speaking of the old downtown Rich's, he told me that when he was younger, they could go no higher than the ground floor and they had to eat in the "lower level" (basement maybe?) and all they served them was hot dogs... nothing else, just hot dogs all day, everyday. He said he was a young adult before he was allowed to dine above the ground floor.
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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^My mother was looking for 57th Fighter a few months ago--she had remembered it from a date with my father and didn't bother to check whether it had moved or left for 25 years...
After being closed and vacant for a couple of years, they have very recently reopened......Haven't been to check them out yet.

The 57th Fighter Group Restaurant Now Open
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Not to take away from the pleasantries of the thread, and this is the only comment I'll make about this subtle unmentioned nuance... but I was asking an older guy at mt job about some of the places that were mentioned on this thread. He said, "Man, we couldn't go into those areas...". He remembers the same places in 1950's and 1960's Atlanta quite differently...

He told me stories about how he and a girl were escorted out by police just for stepping into The Varsity to ask for directions. He said a crowd of GA Tech students followed them out into the parking lot and would have assaulted them had they not ran away.

Speaking of the old downtown Rich's, he told me that when he was younger, they could go no higher than the ground floor and they had to eat in the "lower level" (basement maybe?) and all they served them was hot dogs... nothing else, just hot dogs all day, everyday. He said he was a young adult before he was allowed to dine above the ground floor.
Nice to add a dose of someone else's reality to this. I was thinking about this earlier. When someone mentioned how they wish things could go back to the good ol' days of the 50s and 60s, I was like, well for many a Black folk their experiences involved being excluded from these amenities and being treated like $#it at the places they could go to. Interesting how the same city can produce entirely different experiences.

On a different note, I'm glad I grew up after the days of legal segregation and discrimination and have quite a few happy memories. As a young'un, mine don't go too far back Here's a bunch:

-Festival of Lights at the World Congress Center- I still can taste those sugar cookies that you could decorate yourself

- The Sesame Street Live Tour- It would always be at the Omni. They might still have it, but there will never be another at the Omni!

- Mick's at Underground Atlanta- When Underground was kinda hot

- World of Coca Cola at the Underground- Ditto the above..I wonder if the new World of Coke has the fountain that shoots soda across the room That was my favorite, most memorable memory of the Coke museum.

-Rio Mall- I believe it was near GA Tech. It was some kind of outdoor mall and I used to take dance classes there.

- When the Peach building used to be peach colored- Y'all know that building with the peach on it that usually has the Chik-fil-A ads at the 75/85 connector.

-When Buckhead was THE spot

- Freaknik and the NBA All Star Game- will never forget the ridiculous traffic and rowdiness of Freaknik and the reminder of how Atlanta used to be when it returned for a day or two during All-Star Weekend. Anyone remeber how CRAZY Lenox Mall was. The mall was at capacity and they had to close off the entire mall. Ri-damn-diculous

- Shoney's- :-(..I was 10 for a good 5 years to take advantage of that kids' buffet special, lol.

- Crescent Moon- Awesome brunch but now just a mere memory

- Music Midtown

- When Monica Kaufman was Monica Kaufman. I will not acknowledge her new name

- The Olympics--will never forget how awesome the vibe of the city was! It was just soo lively, and I loved it!

- Mike Roberts in the morning- Before Frank and Wanda

- The M to M program- Black folks growing up in DeKalb county schools probably know all about this

- When Wendy's had salad buffets

- Sizzler's

- That toy store that had a kangaroo as its mascot. There was one on Memorial Drive around the time the Turtle's music store was there and when Krispy Kreme was around the corner.

- A&P grocery stores

Soo many memories of my childhood ATL days, sure there's more I'll think of!
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Does anybody remember:

1. Sharon's Showcase
2. The Gate
3. American Rap Maker (later American Music Maker) with Arnell Starr
4. Atlanta Jams (the live teen dance/club show)
5. Club 559 (in its prime)
6. The video game arcade at South Dekalb Mall
7. Great Games and Litchfield on Covington and Panola
8. Five Points Flea Market (before to was remodeled and became "The Mall")
9. Vibes music store at Decatur Station
10. Edward J Tapes (Pillow Bass), A-Town Players, Sammy Sam, and Kilo Ali

..and am I just imagining this, or was there a video game arcade inside Lenox Mall at some point?
Lol at number 3. I never understood how he got that job. He was not cute, but swore he was a damn model. Before that aired there was Planet Rock. We didn't have cable so I had to always wait for this show to come on after SNL to watch some music videos. Too late in the night, but before youtube and the internet a girl had to get her dose of Jodeci some kinda way!
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:58 PM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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Nice to add a dose of someone else's reality to this. I was thinking about this earlier. When someone mentioned how they wish things could go back to the good ol' days of the 50s and 60s, I was like, well for many a Black folk their experiences involved being excluded from these amenities and being treated like $#it at the places they could go to. Interesting how the same city can produce entirely different experiences.

On a different note, I'm glad I grew up after the days of legal segregation and discrimination and have quite a few happy memories. As a young'un, mine don't go too far back Here's a bunch:

-Festival of Lights at the World Congress Center- I still can taste those sugar cookies that you could decorate yourself

- The Sesame Street Live Tour- It would always be at the Omni. They might still have it, but there will never be another at the Omni!

- Mick's at Underground Atlanta- When Underground was kinda hot

- World of Coca Cola at the Underground- Ditto the above..I wonder if the new World of Coke has the fountain that shoots soda across the room That was my favorite, most memorable memory of the Coke museum.

-Rio Mall- I believe it was near GA Tech. It was some kind of outdoor mall and I used to take dance classes there.

- When the Peach building used to be peach colored- Y'all know that building with the peach on it that usually has the Chik-fil-A ads at the 75/85 connector.

-When Buckhead was THE spot

- Freaknik and the NBA All Star Game- will never forget the ridiculous traffic and rowdiness of Freaknik and the reminder of how Atlanta used to be when it returned for a day or two during All-Star Weekend. Anyone remeber how CRAZY Lenox Mall was. The mall was at capacity and they had to close off the entire mall. Ri-damn-diculous

- Shoney's- :-(..I was 10 for a good 5 years to take advantage of that kids' buffet special, lol.

- Crescent Moon- Awesome brunch but now just a mere memory

- Music Midtown

- When Monica Kaufman was Monica Kaufman. I will not acknowledge her new name

- The Olympics--will never forget how awesome the vibe of the city was! It was just soo lively, and I loved it!

- Mike Roberts in the morning- Before Frank and Wanda

- The M to M program- Black folks growing up in DeKalb county schools probably know all about this

- When Wendy's had salad buffets

- Sizzler's

- That toy store that had a kangaroo as its mascot. There was one on Memorial Drive around the time the Turtle's music store was there and when Krispy Kreme was around the corner.

- A&P grocery stores

Soo many memories of my childhood ATL days, sure there's more I'll think of!
Geez! You just recounted my childhood! haha

My little sister used to take dance lessons at the Rio Mall too. I wouldn't be surprised if you knew each other. (PM to see if you do) For the record, it was the corner of North Ave and Piedmont where the Publix center now stands.

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Old 12-13-2009, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Oh okay, don't know why I envisioned it near the highway. I only took classes there a few times and I was young as hell (like, 4) so it's pretty unlikely we'd remember each other :-(. Nice visual! I will always remember that white globe!
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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- Music Midtown
Some of my best times in Atlanta where at Music Midtown Festival. I used to spend all weekend there. Sometimes we used to go outside the festival, because on Ralph McGill (I think) you were right behind the 99X stage and could hear the bands better. Bob Dylan, Arrested Development, Foo Fighters, and the list goes on and on. Thanks for sparking those memories.

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- The Olympics--will never forget how awesome the vibe of the city was! It was just soo lively, and I loved it!
I agree 100%. I was given some tickets for the Weight Lifting event. It was the coolest experience. I remember seeing Bill Campbell (It was a big deal to me at the time) and one time was behind a tipsy Olympic athlete that set off the metal detector at CNN center because he had a Gold Medal in his jump suit.

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- That toy store that had a kangaroo as its mascot. There was one on Memorial Drive around the time the Turtle's music store was there and when Krispy Kreme was around the corner.
Lionel Play World - I can't explain the flood of memories that just came back to me. Thx bizchick

Viva La Atlanta!!!
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