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Places that are stuck in the 19__'s (good and bad)

Post #44395
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- Today I went to Pioneer Park Plaza (for the first time in several years) and felt like I used the Delorean and traveled back to 1960's. The Zehrs still has the old logo and the majority of the stores felt small and basically no room to walk. There were two garden centres in the parking lot for two separate stores.

- Whenever I go to Encore or the two Video Game stores in downtown Kitchener, it reminds me of the late 90's, the days when music and video games were at it's best.

- Love that we still have a Drive-In Theatre in Guelph and hope it never closes. It's the only time i would ever pay $10 or more to watch a movie or two.
Post #44396
05-18-2013 09:44 PM
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The Zehrs at King and Bishop in Preston didn't even get updated when they introduced the Z logo, that's how old it is!

Another taste of the 60s can be found in Galt at the old Bank of Nova Scotia. They still have the old globe logo and name on the building. It's no Gore Tower but it has a strong retro charm.
Post #44397
05-18-2013 11:05 PM
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Metropolis Member
DOWNTOWN
Joined Mar 2010
1477 posts
Walking into Budds Downtown can feel like stepping back in time to the 1970s (if not earlier). I love that place (especially for sheets and towels!)!
Post #44398
05-18-2013 11:13 PM
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Kitchener
Joined Jan 2013
223 posts
I always wanted to go back to Budds to see what they have because it's been at least 15yrs or longer since i last went. I tried several times recently but whenever i go they are closed.
Post #44399
05-18-2013 11:40 PM
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West-South-West Kitchener
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Does Budds still use the pneumatic tubes for cash payments? Always found that nifty.
Post #44400
05-19-2013 12:06 AM
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DOWNTOWN
Joined Mar 2010
1477 posts
They don't use the tubes for cash anymore, but everything is still in place and functioning and, if you ask nicely, they will use them to send you a candy down from the office!
Post #44402
05-19-2013 10:54 AM
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Kitchener, Ontario
Joined Jul 2010
97 posts
Lets not forget about Central Fresh Market! Every time I go there its a nostalgic journey back to the 90s.
Post #44403
05-19-2013 11:07 AM
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Kitchener
Joined Oct 2010
796 posts
Quote Originally Posted by fin2limb
Lets not forget about Central Fresh Market! Every time I go there its a nostalgic journey back to the 90s.
Interesting, I get no such feeling from Central Fresh. Sure, it's not some hyper-modern warehouse style grocery like the Ira Needles Sobey's, but it doesn't feel particularly out of its time.
Post #44405
05-19-2013 05:38 PM
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Joined May 2011
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I've always liked the MacIntosh Cleaners (google streetview link) on Victoria Street. Across the street and a few doors down in a huge old pepsi mural on the side of a convenience store, dunno how old it is or how much of it is left but it's pretty retro.
Post #44406
05-19-2013 05:56 PM
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I think that the MacIntosh Cleaners building should be a designated heritage structure. It is so cool. Re the Pepsi sign, it has been there in a faded state as far back as I can remember, so that would go back to the 1960s. I think there are stlll a couple of old painted commercial signs downtown, although most have been lost.

Stuck my head in the former Kabel's store last week (opening "soon" as Artisan Zone) and noticed that there is a wonderful coffered pressed tin ceiling still in place above the drop ceiling. I wondered if it might be revealed as part of the renovations, but the chap working there told me that it needs to be covered up again due to the apartments above the store and noise issues. Such a shame, but at least it hasn't been lost. That would take us back to the 1920s and even earlier.
Post #44407
05-19-2013 07:33 PM
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I've always thought of the interior of the Prime Bar-B-Q Restaurant on Highland was stuck in the 1980s... It looks like it hasn't been updated since then. They serve an excellent breakfast.

As far as places that evoke a certain era - I've always thought that Mel's Diner (both the University and Westmount locations) do a great job of evoking the 1950s era diner experience - and they too serve an excellent breakfast!
Post #44422
05-20-2013 04:14 PM
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An example of a place that has gone literally unchanged for a half-century would have to be Harmony Lunch, I think.
Post #44425
05-20-2013 05:33 PM
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Waterloo
Joined Nov 2012
31 posts
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You have that right Kevin...I used to eat there a few times a week (well maybe 4 times)..really good burgers eaten in moderation...just like Lays chips..not just one..then a shake..Im glad I made it out alive..
Post #44432
05-20-2013 09:51 PM
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29 posts
I think Sonny's Drive-In in Waterloo could also qualify as being pretty well unchanged for many decades!
Post #44436
05-20-2013 10:04 PM
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Joined Jul 2010
1330 posts
Quote Originally Posted by ottawawestmount
I think Sonny's Drive-In in Waterloo could also qualify as being pretty well unchanged for many decades!
Last time I was there that included the frying oil.

Post #44438
05-20-2013 10:25 PM
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29 posts
There was another place I was thinking of and it just came to me: Pepi's Pizza at Water and Weber... Same family still runs the place!
Post #44453
05-21-2013 07:48 AM
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DOWNTOWN
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1477 posts
I still haven't figured out how/why the building that Pepi's occupies is missing the Weber St widening wreckers ball.
Post #44459
05-21-2013 08:58 AM
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The parts of Weber Street being widened are currently only two lanes; the area where Pepi's Pizza is located is already four lanes across (with an additional left turn lane, no less).
Post #44461
05-21-2013 09:12 AM
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Kitchener
Joined Jan 2013
17 posts
Most of Fredrick Mall I would consider stuck in the past, Also Arby's on Victoria St. There was supposed to be renovations a couple years ago for Arby's but it must have been postponed.
Post #44463
05-21-2013 10:26 AM
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Joined Mar 2013
46 posts
This doesn't really follow the thread, but it was refreshing, last weekend, to stumble on to the barber shop in the Uptown Waterloo Square. The store really isn't a throwback, being able to watch golf as I had my hair cut, but it did have a little nostalgia to the d├ęcor. More importantly, it was so refreshing to get a haircut by a barber, not a hairstylist and to be in a slightly more "manly" environment. It reminded me of my youth. I hope this place can stay open, especially given the focus that mall has towards to higher end retail.