Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hometown Memories: My Favourite Treat Store

Did you have a favourite place to buy treats from when you were a kid? That one store that sold chocolate and ice cream and candy and soft drinks (pop) and chips and bubble gum and popsicles...and every other sugary and salty and crappy-for-you-but-oh-so-delicious junky food?

I did. And it was a hop, skip and jump away from my home; just a couple of hundred metres away. A corner store that was there throughout my childhood and beyond, and one that I frequented many times as a youngster. And so did just about every other kid I knew in the neighbourhood.

That corner store was my favourite place to spend the occasional dime I got.

It didn't just sell sweets and treats; it was a variety store that sold just about anything you were looking for. But I never cared about all that. When I walked in with my dime, which actually bought you something back then, I headed straight for the rot-your-teeth section, so excited I could hardly contain myself.

This is also the store where my late brother got a hard lesson in accountability as a little boy. The store where our mother marched him back to return some ‘borrowed’ candy, and made him apologize to the shop owner. And for good measure, she took me along so I could ‘watch and learn’, which I did.

Once upon a time this display window was filled with many items.

The most frequented treat store of my childhood is no longer in business, but I have an abundance of heartwarming memories to remember it by.

Did you have a favourite store as a kid?

38 comments:

  1. Yes, there was "a corner store" in my little town too that sold groceries and penny candy -- back in the days when you could actually get one or two candies for a penny, LOL! It's a wonder I have any teeth left.

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    1. It's a wonder any of us who had corner stores nearby have any teeth left!

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  2. When I was a kid...we had a cottage on Lake Simcoe.
    We could walk or ride our bikes to the "Log Cabin"....
    I would buy sponge toffee, black balls, licorice pipes (with the sparkly flames on the ends) and the bag of powder that you sucked up thru a licorice straw!
    They also had movie nights there....popcorn and pop!
    Thanks for the memories Martha...made my heart feel good!♥️
    Which is surprising, considering I ate all that crap! Hahaha!
    Enjoy your weekend....don't eat too much!
    Cheers!
    Linda:o)

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    1. Sounds like such a fun place! We all have memories of places that were meant to rot our teeth!

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  3. Every Saturday morning had Nick and Flo all the candies we could buy for our Saturday morning comic viewing, how very exciting.....oh boy what a memory, love the photos , mine was also in a very old building non-existent now....what fun it was, thanks for the memory, always...

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    1. Sounds like fun, Lorraine! Especially the part about the Saturday morning cartoons...best time of the week!

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  4. 'Your' candy store sounds like 'my' candy store, Martha.
    Crockers was the name of my favourite store as a kid. I remember whenever I saved up 15 cents I would head there.......about 5 minutes from my house. For 15 cents I could get a bottle of of pop and a Joe Louis cake or 2 Carmel Cakes, made by the same company. But I had to drink the pop in the store and leave the bottle there when I was done. Otherwise I had to pay 2 cents more if I took the bottle home!!! Those were the days, my friend!
    Thanks for the good memories. Great eh?

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    1. Yes, those were certainly the days. 15 cents was a fortune back then for a kid! And a quarter was hitting the lottery!

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  5. You brought back great memories of spending my allowance at the only store that mattered to me back then, the Pantry Grocery. It's gone now, turned into a small, one-man accounting firm, but I get to keep the memories. :-)

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    1. Yes, no matter what happens to these places, the memories are ours to keep.

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  6. Our "candy" store was the nearby local grocery store. My brothers and I used to ride our bikes there and purchase wacky packages - packages of bubble gum with stickers that parodied certain products (anybody who grew up in the 70s will remember those).

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  7. I enjoy our corner store the same way right now, lol! We get coke frosters, yum.

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    1. I have no idea what coke frosters are. I'll have to check it out.

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  8. We did! It was 1.5 kilometers away which was very, very far when you are 8. It was a real treat to be allowed to go.

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    1. That is the other side of the world when you're 8!

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  9. When we went to the local village there was only one store. Yes, it did have all those delicious treats. Like your store it closed in the early 60's. Today there is very little left of the village...maybe one or two houses.

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    1. One store only! Bet it was the most popular place around.

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  10. Ah yes it was a mock-Tudor sweet shop called "Ye Olde Tucke Shoppe". It sold penny chews and kept the local dentist in sports cars.

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    1. Hahaha...yes, I bet it kept the dentist in a sports car. And what a cool name for a shop!

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  11. I always wanted to visit a real candy shoppe like the one you see in the first Willy Wonka movie. We have one in the mall that's tiny and the prices are insane. There's also one downtown, but it looks like a cracker barrel and only carries one thing I like (salt water taffy) in the whole place.

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    1. The prices are always insane in places like that. There was one near our apartment in Montreal, and I used to pop in with my girls. I only bought something once in awhile because everything was so expensive.

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  12. Oh, you brought back some wonderful memories.
    There was a store so close to my house, you could walk there in less that 5 minutes.
    It was a country store that had groceries and lots of good candy , yummy chocolate bars.
    Our neighbor owned the store, he was the best guy that loved kids and on Halloween the country kids would gather at his store and he would give all of us many treats.
    Oh, I miss those days and the owner, he died at the age of 82 of cancer.
    Nice to go back down 'memory lane'

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    1. He sounds like such a wonderful and generous man. How sad that he had cancer.

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  13. We had those types of stores the Five and Dime, Variety stores but I was 15 miles away and we only went into town about once a week! How I envied the town kids! Loved the variety store with all the bins full of kid stuff. I don't remember any candy in there. The old drug store had a soda fountain and served ice cream, malts etc, but they tore it out when I was still in grade school. It was just another boring store after that. Thanks for the memories!

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    1. 15 miles away! Oh boy...that is VERY far. But I bet it was a huge treat when you went there.

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  14. This is such a fabulous post! Angie's used to be the name of my corner store. It was a family-owned business with about 10 siblings. Angie was the youngest - just like me. Remember Squirrel Nuts, Mary Jane's, Charleston Chews? Candy that used to cost a penny? Now a Peppermint Ball costs 10 cents. Boy talk about days gone by. Penny candy now costs 25 cents. It's ridiculous. Lovely post. Cheers!!

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    1. Candy that used to cost a penny! It seems like a million years ago. Now you can't buy anything with that amount. Times sure change.

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  15. ha! occasional dime… you're very young to have witnessed a dime buying much! I surely do remember such. I remember penny candy very well … oh, the jars and jars of penny candy. My neighborhood was Mrs. Ward's. She loved us kiddos and always had stuff for us. nickel popsicles and pops and such… great after school stop!

    Great memories … sweet shops. Yours was closed … Mrs. Ward and her sister … were murdered … just still can not believe that. Long after I left home… they were very old … probably 80 when she was killed.. My parents had moved from that neighborhood about 6 or 7 years after I left home.

    Jeeeeeeez wish I hadn't thought of THAT…. what the hell is wrong with a guy that would beat up two old ladies… for what… dollars?

    well… didn't mean to dampen this sweet post… but dang!

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    1. That is awful, Carolyn! Were they robbed, is that how they were killed? Oooh...what a terrible tragedy.

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    2. Well? it happened way after I left home. I drove by the 'old' neighborhood where I grew up and noticed the store was no longer there, of course, I mean they were old when I was growing up.

      It was now a house. In fact they lived in the back of the store. I played with her g'kids. I asked my Mother if Mrs. Ward and her sister died.... and she told me they had been killed.

      WHAT??? anyway .. that's all I know .. .that someone broke up and I'm sure it was to be robbed ... drug money ... I would wager. They were in their 80's with just small stuff they sold for the neighborhood kids!

      tragic... rat bastards ... kill you for a dime...

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    3. A terrible, terrible tragedy. Stuff you usually read about in the paper about people you don't know. When it's someone you do know, it's shocking. Yes, they'll kill you for a dime if necessary when it's for drugs. Even their own mother if they have to. The desperate need to buy drugs leads to so many crimes. This is such a sad story; two elderly sisters...just awful...

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  16. Corner store for me too. Still remember it and even the little layout inside.

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    1. These memories stay with us forever. So heartwarming. Part of our childhood.

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    2. Agreed 100%. I still remember my Papam giving us a wee bit of change to go shop.

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    3. Aw...that is sweet. And I love the name 'Papam'. First time I've ever heard that. Such great memories, for sure.

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  17. Sweet memories! Yes, there was a country store near the farm where I grew up. They had candy on shelves in a corner, and that was my favorite part of the store!

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    1. Yes, absolutely the favourite section when a kid is visiting!

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