East and West High Schools. Western Auto. The Arizona Bank, Valley Bank, and the “ugly teller” at United Bank. Rax Roast Beef. Gino’s Pizza. Cine Capri.
We used to watch the fireworks at West Town, from our roof. I worked at the Blair movie theater at Metro Center. Now it is just a cement slab next to the library.
I love this post, having grown up in Phoenix between 1963-1983 (age 4-24), but I remember my family shopping at Basha’s more than the other grocery stores, the one at 16th & Bethany Home Rd, around the corner from our house
Remember Sambo’s? I was the graveyard cook! Remember when Thomas mall had big fish tanks, we used to go for feeding time for the piranha, what about the white Quartz mountains, or the Pancho’s at Scottsdale mall? Or there were actual stockyards south of Legand City, and the Cudahey meat packing co., or when we used to go fishing at the Verde River, or go “skimming” with round wooden discs on flooded lawns. Aries.
Someone posted a comment about remembering a restaurant in Phoenix or Scottsdale that had animatronic birds in cages and served animal-shaped Jello! For 40+ years, I thought I my mind had made up a memory with a cross between the Tiki Room at Disneyland and Bobby McGee’s. No. in actuality it was the Betty Crocker TreeHouse Restaurant. It was not around long, so happy it was a real place!
Fun times! I remember Guggy’s in Christown, the canal flood, Mary Coyle’s, cruising Central Ave., Nelson’s Pool, the citrus smell, tubing the Salt River, the Phoenix Roadrunners hockey team, the rodeo at Memorial Coliseum, Legend City of course, hiking Squaw Peak. Thanks for the memories.
The nightclub in Scottsdale/Tempe was JD’s. It was on Scottsdale Rd. in the river bottom near Curry. Waylon Jennings played there and there was a huge portrait of him over the bar. I also saw Doug Kershaw there–great place.
When Pv mall had a fountain outside the lil food court area then .I can still vaguely picture it . Going to the movies at the theater at 32nd and Shea .I remember my moms friend took me there to see ET and then took me to get my ears pierced for my 5th birthday.
Sheesh, no one mentioned swimming at the Flumes out in way west valley, Dangerous and exciting. Or watching classics at Sombrero Playhouse on 7th or waiting in the huge line to see Star Wars at the Cine Capri, the original. Or when Park Central was the only mall in town. But then I remember shopping at department stores downtown before Park Central opened
How about: Sir Georges Buffet, Rollerland on west Thomas, Circles Records on north Central, Broadway Pool which got it’s freezing water from the canal, the imploding of the Adams Hotel, Warnke Photography Studio in downtown Phoenix, when Aztecs Bridal was just 1 small store, the original LA Canasta on south 7th Ave when it was just a tiny room attached to a house & they sold mainly tamales, menudo & little bags of “taco bread” (broken tortilla chips) for 10 cents, the house that sold snow cones near13th St & Buckeye, buying homemade chorizo from Goyo, the owner of Mary Lou’s Market on 3rd Ave & Mohave, Stuart Sherman dances at St. Anthony’s & GCC, local bands: Syndiket (spelling?), Tocayo & My Brother’s Band, seeing the edges of town from Lookout Point at South Mountain & barely any lights to the south, the monsoons washing out all the bridges & roads that cross the river bottom, and Yellow Front.