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As a kid, riding along in the back seat of the car, I always looked forward eagerly to seeing the one on W. Gray, almost as much as passing the Mrs. Baird's bakery a few blocks east and smelling the fresh baking bread and seeing the loaves moving along the production line through the big glass windows.

Dino never did much for me, but I really dug the Flying Red Horse.

Several people have mentioned Henke and Pillot in this thread. I just came across a special section in the Chron in 1922 - August 15, Henke and Pillot was celebrating their 50th anniversary. Founded in 1872 in Market Square; Henry Henke hired Eugene Pillot as his produce manager and then made him a partner. They were sold in 1956 to Kroger.

Here's a couple more I came across in the old papers that were still around in my childhood:

Waddell's Furniture - I think they were in business up until about 10 years ago.

Ineeda Laundry and Cleaners - started out doing home laundry but by the 50s I think it was mostly commercial and industrial laundry and linen supply. Used to see their trucks all the time.

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Aw, kinda disappointing.  I was hoping it was going to be something like the Majestic around the corner on Texas.  Thanks, though.

It was originally a vaudeville theatre.  I wonder what was showing, or is the crowd going on down the street?

Cool pic.  Late 30s?

According to the Tunnel Lady Will Horwitz, who owned 3 vaudeville theatres downtown, was excavating to add air conditioning in the early 30s and had the idea of connecting his theatres by underground tunnel and that was one of the beginnings of the downtown tunnel system.

If you look very closely at the last building on the right, you will see the the reason for the massive crowd. The sign attached to the overhang gives it away.

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Cool looking building.

Amen. They just don't make furniture stores like they used to!

I was thinking Waddell's became Brittain's then moved out to First Colony near Hwy 6 but is gone now. I'm not sure, may have that mixed up with something else.

I keep getting distracted in my research by these old ads which I can't resist taking the time to read, but I didn't note where Waddell's was located downtown.

Re: another post above. According to something I found on line, Ineeda Laundry and Dry Cleaners big plant was where the Federal Building is now. That was in the 20s. I thought I remembered in the 50s they were out near Telephone/Winkler.

There was also an Ineeda Tire Co. in the 20s.

Edit to insert: In the 20s, Waddell's ads gave the address as Prairie @ Fannin. Many merchants never mentioned their location in their ads. I guess they thought everybody knew since they had only one store.

A couple more from the 20s that were still around in the 60s-70s, Shudde's Southern Hat Co., Travis @ Preston, and Houston Trunk Factory.

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Aw, kinda disappointing.  I was hoping it was going to be something like the Majestic around the corner on Texas.  Thanks, though.

It was originally a vaudeville theatre.  I wonder what was showing, or is the crowd going on down the street?

Cool pic.  Late 30s?

According to the calendar the crowd is for "Peanut Day" in 1934. Will Horwitz printed a newspaper coupon that gave the kids free transportation, movie ticket, and bag of peanuts.

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These triangular buildings remind me of a much smaller scale of one. When I was a child, we got our prescriptions at Jay's Prescription Shop at Bissonett & Chestnut (I think) in Bellaire. It was a one-story building, but in a triangular shape because of the angle of Bissonett (which was Old Richmond Road back then).

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Chestnut is just a block or so outside the loop. I think that's the corner where Don's Record Shop was for years - set back from the intersection, the parking lot was triangular but the building was rectangular.

You may be thinking of the block bounded by Bissonett, Cedar, and 5th St., between Rice and the intersection where Bissonett and Bellaire cross. There's a triangular building there that's been there as long as I've been driving Bissonett (I don't remember Old Richmond Road).

I'm sure there used to be a prescription shop in there and a cleaners, I think. The exterior has recently been updated; the shop 'on the point,' so to speak, is a computer shop.

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When I was a child, we got our prescriptions at Jay's Prescription Shop at Bissonett & Chestnut (I think) in Bellaire. It was a one-story building, but in a triangular shape because of the angle of Bissonett (which was Old Richmond Road back then).

The 1969 Cole's Directory shows Bissonnet ended at 4300 (the Bellaire city limits) and became Richmond Road.

Jay's Prescription Shop was located at 5122.

We got our prescriptions at Madings Drug Store in the Bellaire Triangle at 5430.

Don's Bellaire Record Shop was at 5008

Near-by was:

5000 LaRose Cleaners

5002 Fosters Uphlstring

5004 Antique Dreams

5007 Buteras Delux Meat Mkt

5008 Dons Bellaire Record Shop

5011 Moyas Barber Shop

5012 Stewart Service Station

5106 Napko Paint Store

5110 Fosters Interiors

5112 A Gees Chinese Oven No 1

5114 Tulane Fabrics

5116 Tic Toc Cleaners

5118 H & H House of Beauty, JJ Watson Plumbing Co, V. Woodard Cos Ofc

5120 Allied Finance Co.

5122 Jays Prescription Shop

5124 American Nut Sales, Dr. C M Ashmore

5126 Reppond Elect Co.

5130 Plaza Cleaners

5202 Tele Radio Inc.

5206 Coin op Wash & Dry

5208 Felix Mexican Restaurant

5301 Wilkins Fine Furniture

5301A Southwestern Savings Association

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This was 5301-A Richmond Road (Bissonnet) in 1962.

Kirksey Architects lead their client, Amegy Bank, in the destruction of this fabulous landmark in late 2004.

5303 Bellaire Barber Shop

5305 Imperial Credit

5307 Jr. Miss

5309 Chez Lee Beauty Salon, Christian Science Church

5311 Footes Cafeterias

5312 Griffs Burger Bar

5313 USA Recruting Serv, R M Hardison Co, James T Melton, U S Marine Corps, Dr. L F Melchior (This must be the wonderful two story MOD office building that is now in danger of a Styro-Stuccoing thanks to Amegy Bank and Kirksey Architects)

5317 Chapman Young World

5321 Goodyear Srv Stores

5400 Bellaire Srf Shop, E. Garcia, Triangle Barber Shop

5408 Studers Photos Inc.

5414 Fabric Mart

5418 Village Shoe Store

5422 Brooks Ones A Meal Sandwich Shop

5424 Benjamins Clothiers

5430 Madings Drug Store

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Great pic, subdude.  I had forgotten they referred to the Flying Red Horse.  In my memory, the one at W. Gray and Shepherd was white.  The Magnolia bldg in downtown Dallas has been restored as a hotel and the big Flying Red Horse on top of it restored, too.  There are pics on line.

I haven't been on the sidewalk on Main in many a year.

BTW, how far back does your collection of great pics go?  How about the Iris Theatre, 612 Travis, 1920s?

How many actual "filling/service" are still around? Not many. I think that I can safely say that at least 90-95% of all Americans pump their gasoline themselves at convenience stores.

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Great pic, subdude.  I had forgotten they referred to the Flying Red Horse.  In my memory, the one at W. Gray and Shepherd was white.  The Magnolia bldg in downtown Dallas has been restored as a hotel and the big Flying Red Horse on top of it restored, too.  There are pics on line.

I haven't been on the sidewalk on Main in many a year.

BTW, how far back does your collection of great pics go?  How about the Iris Theatre, 612 Travis, 1920s?

I meant to say "filling/service" STATIONS. Just a typo.

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Auto dealers:

Jacobe & Pearson Lincoln Mercury (downtown)

Bob Robertson Cheverolet (Gulf Frwy. near Gulfgate mall)

Richardson Cheverolet (SW Frwy and Hilcroft)

Bill McDavid Oldsmobile (Gulf Frwy.near Gulfgate mall)

Art Grindle (used cards, SE Houston)

Ralph Williams Chrysler Plymouth (Gulf Frwy at Gulfgate)

Cal Worthington (Gulf Frwy. at Gulfgate)

-egkor (Gary K)

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I can't believe nobody claimed the "AIM" stores, by Kmart & Co.

There was also Don McMillen Ford which is now Mac Haik.

Apple Chevrolet at Hilcroft and 59.

Jack Roach just recently sold out to Freeway Ford.

No more Bonanzas around.

Haven't seen any Sizzlers either.

Albertson's have all gone the way of the Dodo bird also.

Has anyone seen a Kettle restaurant lately.

Shoney's has booked it out of town. Awesome breakfast buffets.

No more Gulf gas stations.

Spanky's pizza out on 610 south loop is gone. I think the sign is still there.

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Auto dealers:

Jacobe & Pearson Lincoln Mercury (downtown)

Bob Robertson Cheverolet (Gulf Frwy. near Gulfgate mall)

Richardson Cheverolet (SW Frwy and Hilcroft)

Bill McDavid Oldsmobile (Gulf Frwy.near Gulfgate mall)

Art Grindle (used cards, SE Houston)

Ralph Williams Chrysler Plymouth (Gulf Frwy at Gulfgate)

Cal Worthington (Gulf Frwy. at Gulfgate)

-egkor (Gary K)

Welcome to HAIF, Gary.

Another defunct auto dealer: Bland Cadillac, at Gray and Bagby.

Somehow the name Bland seemed just right for a Cadillac dealer.

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I can't believe nobody claimed the "AIM" stores, by Kmart & Co.

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Spanky's pizza out on 610 south loop is gone. I think the sign is still there.

AIM was owned by TG&Y. Sort of a Super TG&Y. Was it actually around more than a couple of years?

Spanky's is still open. I go there often and was there last week. It is owned by Gabby's BBQ now.

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AIM was owned by TG&Y. Sort of a Super TG&Y. Was it actually around more than a couple of years?

Spanky's is still open. I go there often and was there last week. It is owned by Gabby's BBQ now.

Glad to hear Spanky's is still open, I don't venture on that side of town too often, unless I'm going to Kelley's country cookin.

I'll have to disagree with the TG&Y thing though. TG&Y what a great 5 & 10 growing up. Which was bought out by the AMES stores, not AIM, 2 different deals. Had one in Baytown. I actually have a TG&Y light bulb that still works. <_<

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Glad to hear Spanky's is still open, I don't venture on that side of town too often, unless I'm going to Kelley's country cookin.

I'll have to disagree with the TG&Y thing though. TG&Y what a great 5 & 10 growing up. Which was bought out by the AMES stores, not AIM, 2 different deals. Had one in Baytown. I actually have a TG&Y light bulb that still works. <_<

I lived in Baytown in '83. When Alicia came through the TG&Y Family Center on Market closed because of damage and never reopened. A buddy of mine worked at that TG&Y and when they built AIM, they gave him a job there. I guess they decided to put their investment into AIM out at West Town instead of reopening the Market location. I guess it didn't work out for them though.

I did not know AMES stores ever bought TG&Y. I think I remember McCrory's buying them out.

Venture was an established midwest discount retailer owned by May before they spun them off in the early 90's. I think they tried to expand too quickly into competitive markets - like Houston.

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I lived in Baytown in '83. When Alicia came through the TG&Y Family Center on Market closed because of damage and never reopened. A buddy of mine worked at that TG&Y and when they built AIM, they gave him a job there. I guess they decided to put their investment into AIM out at West Town instead of reopening the Market location. I guess it didn't work out for them though.

I did not know AMES stores ever bought TG&Y. I think I remember McCrory's buying them out.

Venture was an established midwest discount retailer owned by May before they spun them off in the early 90's. I think they tried to expand too quickly into competitive markets - like Houston.

That was one hell of a storm in '83, glad we both survived. Ames bought G.C. Murphy in 1985, which operated as TG&Y down here. When things got tight for Ames in '88 they sold off the TG&Y to McCrory. The location on Highway 146 was in dire need of renovation after that storm, and with the new San Jacinto Mall going in, I think they had some forsight that that part of Baytown was going to "die off", like it has.

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That was one hell of a storm in '83, glad we both survived. Ames bought G.C. Murphy in 1985, which operated as TG&Y down here. When things got tight for Ames in '88 they sold off the TG&Y to McCrory. The location on Highway 146 was in dire need of renovation after that storm, and with the new San Jacinto Mall going in, I think they had some forsight that that part of Baytown was going to "die off", like it has.

And now the mall is dying or is dead....what's up with that? Does everyone get everything at the Wal Mart now?

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And now the mall is dying or is dead....what's up with that? Does everyone get everything at the Wal Mart now?

It's kinda hard to keep it going when all the "anchor" stores can't stay in business. Mervyn's, Service merchandise, Monkey Ward's, Beall's,Foley's will be going bye-bye soon. It was a paradise back in the 80's though. :blink:

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Great pic, subdude. I had forgotten they referred to the Flying Red Horse. In my memory, the one at W. Gray and Shepherd was white. The Magnolia bldg in downtown Dallas has been restored as a hotel and the big Flying Red Horse on top of it restored, too. There are pics on line.

I haven't been on the sidewalk on Main in many a year.

BTW, how far back does your collection of great pics go? How about the Iris Theatre, 612 Travis, 1920s?

I remember Gulfgate when it wasnt closed in. Joskes had the best eating place in the basement called the Bamboo Room and a sweet tiny waitress named Margie. I also remember Battlestiens, Sakowitz, Playhouse toystore, Newberrys, Flagg Brothers, Russell Stover candy store and Walter Pyes. There was actually a grocery store at the mall. I believe it was a Weingartens. I also remember all the neat places in downtown Houston like Neiman Marcus. When we shopped in downtown we would always eat at James Coney Island.

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did Houston ever have Food Lion?

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Yup, they were around in the early 90s. Alot of those buildings are still around. My moms lives near one on Blackhawk in Friendswood.

Anyone mention Appletree.

Eagle

Lewis and Coker

Safeway

Albertsons

Levitz

Rice

Gerlands

Kmart

Federated

Globe

Weingarten's

Weiners

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the blond haired guy for Federated was Fred Rated. brilliant ad agency, huh?

That blonde guy that did the Federated commercials was a disc jockey by the name of Shadoe Stephens. Not sure where he was from but I know he later worked for 93Q for a short period in the mid to late 80s

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tg&Y

ben franklin's

gibson's

the fair

venture

the store that went into half of several of the woolco's...can't remember the name..

Didn't Woolworth and Woolco merge. I seem to remember those names together. Woolworth & Woolco.

An old Woolco still stands at 59 and Little York. Its a Flea Market now. But the doors handles still have the W on them and the logo is still on the floor as you enter. When did they go out of business. I remember a report about them closing their Houston stores but can't remember when that was.

Anyone remember the furniture place Kennedy and Cohen at 610 and Mykawa

Lets see 84 Lumber

I'll think of more....

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Builder's Square, a pre-Home Depot, Home Depot. Kinney shoe stores closed up around 1983 or 84. I remember everyone being in shock when BEST stores closed. Then Houston Jewelry became just that ,a jewery store, having to downsize from a department store. I remember how picked through the store was in the last days. Very sad. I thought it was hilarious when Two Pesos restaurants had to sell out to Taco Cabana over copyright enfringement. I have never quite gotten over Pipe Organ Pizza closing though, I would have loved to be able to take my daughter there. We had a Vaudeville Pizza in Baytown, that was a good joint also, both gone. Why couldn't i just have like half of Bill Gates' money. I'd build all the great old restaurants again for everyone to enjoy. -_-

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The only one I can remember that hasn't been metioned is:

Rice Food Mart it was at the north end of the Globe store across woodridge from Gulfgate. Back then the grocery store had two long metal wheel tracks that when you bought your groceries they would paper bag them stick them in a plastic crate and give them a push and they would roll outside and the attendent would put them in your car when you pulled up to the building. When I was 10 or 11 my friends and I would cross the parking lot, find a wooden board and ride the tracks on sundays when they were closed.

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The only one I can remember that hasn't been metioned is:

Rice Food Mart it was at the north end of the Globe store across woodridge from Gulfgate. Back then the grocery store had two long metal wheel tracks that when you bought your groceries they would paper bag them stick them in a plastic crate and give them a push and they would roll outside and the attendent would put them in your car when you pulled up to the building. When I was 10 or 11 my friends and I would cross the parking lot, find a wooden board and ride the tracks on sundays when they were closed.

Rice is now Rice Epicurian, Rice originally took over the Eagle grocery stores. If I remember correctly. Where the 24 hour fitness on San Felipe is now, by Voss, that used to be an Eagle grocery, then Rice.

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Soon Diamond Shamrock should be added to this list, as it is changing to "Valero".

Also, the Magnolia Gas Station's Horse looks almost exactly like the Mobil Logo.

That is because Magnolia was a predecessor to Mobil.

I read in the Chron that only the "good" Valero stations will get the Valero makeover.

They will brand older stations or the one's that don't meet their new standards as Shamrocks.

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