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highlantown use to be a great place at one time

 

From what I understand from the ex...Canton at one point was NOT a nice place to live. He was not allowed to skate thru Canton to get to Fells...

Now look...;)

Some parts of Highland town are still very nice, unfortunately the lines blur. Highlandtown from Bank south is generally nice, north...not so much

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I grew up in Randallstown in the 70's and 80's, and even in the 80's, it was still a nice, middle class town. It's sad now to drive up and down Liberty Road through Randallstown and see what the shopping centers have become, as well as the school which I graduated from in 1988. I'd say within 2 - 3 years of me graduating, Randallstown started taking a turn for the worst. Very sad.

 

Don't even get me started on Owings Mills Mall - that place was really wonderful when it opened in 1986. Now it's a ghost town - truly a dead mall that should just be torn down. Don't know what to put in its place.

 

I remember when the school you, and I graduated from was a horse farm, and there were two other horse farms on that same corner.

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Ah, the Randallstown of my youth!

 

-Walked or rode bikes everywhere

-Playing outside (unsupervised) all day, until your mother called you home for dinner, and again when it got too dark

-The Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company had an awesome carnival each summer (with an old timey parade!)

-Randallstown Plaza and Liberty Court both had movie theaters.

-Chinese restaurants and Jewish delis up and down Liberty Road

-Gino's was the only fast food place (ok, White Coffee Pot Jr was further up the road)

-Toytown AND Toy Barn

-Randallstown Pharmacy in Mariottsville Plaza had a lunch counter

-Bowling at Fairlanes Liberty

-Riding horses at Rocking "R" ranch

-Tree houses, rope swings, catching frogs, turtles, and crayfish.

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Ah, the Randallstown of my youth!

 

-Walked or rode bikes everywhere

-Playing outside (unsupervised) all day, until your mother called you home for dinner, and again when it got too dark

-The Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company had an awesome carnival each summer (with an old timey parade!)

-Randallstown Plaza and Liberty Court both had movie theaters.

-Chinese restaurants and Jewish delis up and down Liberty Road

-Gino's was the only fast food place (ok, White Coffee Pot Jr was further up the road)

-Toytown AND Toy Barn

-Randallstown Pharmacy in Mariottsville Plaza had a lunch counter

-Bowling at Fairlanes Liberty

-Riding horses at Rocking "R" ranch

-Tree houses, rope swings, catching frogs, turtles, and crayfish.

 

That was Toytown U.S.A.:P

 

I was in Randallstown Pharmacy all the time for kites, batteries, model kits, candy bars and the in the summer the ice cream freezer that was just inside the front door to the right opposite the TV tube tester.

Had many a burger at that lunch counter, and I have a question for you.... did you EVER lock up your bike outside when you went in for something? I never did because I considered a bike lock in Randallstown back then a waste of money. Heck... with a bike like being $2.oo, and Hershey bars being a nickle.... well that choice was obvious.

 

Don't forget the Carvel ice cream store at the other end on the lower level behind George's super Thrift.

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That was Toytown U.S.A.:P

 

Remember how they had filled swimming pools on display in there?

 

I was in Randallstown Pharmacy all the time for kites, batteries, model kits, candy bars and the in the summer the ice cream freezer that was just inside the front door to the right opposite the TV tube tester.

Had many a burger at that lunch counter,

 

I remember all of that!

 

Me and my friend would sit in the little booths back near the grill. I loved their fountain cokes. I remember buying my mom some perfume for Mothers' Day from the gift shop area off the left from the entrance.

 

and I have a question for you.... did you EVER lock up your bike outside when you went in for something? I never did because I considered a bike lock in Randallstown back then a waste of money. Heck... with a bike like being $2.oo, and Hershey bars being a nickle.... well that choice was obvious.

 

I'm sure I was oblivious to the whole bike lock issue, but I left my bike all over (as did everyone else) and never had a problem.

 

 

Don't forget the Carvel ice cream store at the other end on the lower level behind George's super Thrift.

 

I was regular customer at that Carvels. I remember the guy (older teen) with one arm who worked there for a bit. Can't remember his name though.

 

I used to go to Liquor Outlet with my dad, and they would give me a lollipop.

 

Ever get your hair cut at Pete's barber shop?

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Remember how they had filled swimming pools on display in there?

 

 

 

I remember all of that!

 

Me and my friend would sit in the little booths back near the grill. I loved their fountain cokes. I remember buying my mom some perfume for Mothers' Day from the gift shop area off the left from the entrance.

 

 

 

I'm sure I was oblivious to the whole bike lock issue, but I left my bike all over (as did everyone else) and never had a problem.

 

 

 

 

I was regular customer at that Carvels. I remember the guy (older teen) with one arm who worked there for a bit. Can't remember his name though.

 

I used to go to Liquor Outlet with my dad, and they would give me a lollipop.

 

Ever get your hair cut at Pete's barber shop?

I grew my hair from age 14 to 19, and when I finally decided to get it all cut off I walked into Pete's.

There were two guys in there that looked like they were going to fight over who was going to gut my hair.:D

 

I worked at Randallstown Auto Parts for awhile, and we used to go to Caplan's Deli in Liberty Court for breakfast a few times a week. Awesome food there, unlike at the Sub station next to Randallstown Pharmacy where I got my first serious case of food poisoning.

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I grew my hair from age 14 to 19, and when I finally decided to get it all cut off I walked into Pete's.

There were two guys in there that looked like they were going to fight over who was going to gut my hair.:D

 

I worked at Randallstown Auto Parts for awhile, and we used to go to Caplan's Deli in Liberty Court for breakfast a few times a week. Awesome food there, unlike at the Sub station next to Randallstown Pharmacy where I got my first serious case of food poisoning.

 

Luckily, I never got sick from the Sub Station. I do remember the jukebox in there, and I vaguely remember it had albums in there in addition to the 45s. My family generally got subs and pizza from Maria's in Savoy Plaza. The Greek guys running the place would answer the phone, "Allo, Maria!"

 

I still miss Caplan's. Good deli food and GREAT fries with gravy.

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Luckily, I never got sick from the Sub Station. I do remember the jukebox in there, and I vaguely remember it had albums in there in addition to the 45s. My family generally got subs and pizza from Maria's in Savoy Plaza. The Greek guys running the place would answer the phone, "Allo, Maria!"

 

I still miss Caplan's. Good deli food and GREAT fries with gravy.

 

 

I remember that as "Allo, Maria.... cannahelp you.":D

 

Best shrimp salad I ever got in a pizza/sub joint.B)

 

.... and since you brought up the LRVC carnival..... remember the french fry stand where they trucked in the potatos, peeled them right there, then fresh cut, and fried them while you waited?

Every year they booked an act from the Grand Ol' Opry performing on the stage. The Country Gentlemen made quite a few appearences. My mom swears that Patsy Cline was there one year.

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I remember that as "Allo, Maria.... cannahelp you.":D

 

Best shrimp salad I ever got in a pizza/sub joint.B)

 

 

.... and since you brought up the LRVC carnival..... remember the french fry stand where they trucked in the potatos, peeled them right there, then fresh cut, and fried them while you waited?

Every year they booked an act from the Grand Ol' Opry performing on the stage. The Country Gentlemen made quite a few appearences. My mom swears that Patsy Cline was there one year.

 

I liked Maria's "New England Style Pizza' with the thick little pepperoni that curled up like a little bowl of grease!

 

 

We waited all year for those carnival fries. In the "fry tent" I would watch them put the whole potato in the heavy-duty fry cutter bolted to the table,and KACHUNK- out comes the thick cut slices ready to be fried.

 

Ever win one of those Pepsi bottles with the long twisted necks and filled with colored water, as a carnival prize?

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We waited all year for those fries. In the "fry tent" I would watch them put the whole potato in the heavy-duty fry cutter bolted to the table,and KACHUNK- out comes the thick cut slices ready to be fried.

 

Ever win one of those Pepsi bottles with the long twisted necks and filled with colored water, as a carnival prize?

 

I had three of them up until just a few years ago. They got broken when we moved into this house.

 

I do still have a stuffed VW Beetle that Bill Kirk Volkwagen raffled off in a tent they sponsored

 

I had one of those carnival goldfish for 7 years.

 

In 1976 they had a bicentennial wheel, where all the prizes were patriotic. I still have a cheese serving tray from that one.

 

It was amazing to watch how much money people would put on those wheels to win a ham, or watermelon.

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I had three of them up until just a few years ago. They got broken when we moved into this house.

 

I do still have a stuffed VW Beetle that Bill Kirk Volkwagen raffled off in a tent they sponsored

 

I had one of those carnival goldfish for 7 years.

 

In 1976 they had a bicentennial wheel, where all the prizes were patriotic. I still have a cheese serving tray from that one.

 

It was amazing to watch how much money people would put on those wheels to win a ham, or watermelon.

 

My carnival Pepsi bottle broke at least 10 years ago. I remember winning 50 bucks from a peel-off bingo card at the carnival. I think that's the biggest prize I've won in my life.

 

So many memories...I even remember the Fotomat next to the Amaco station

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My carnival Pepsi bottle broke at least 10 years ago. I remember winning 50 bucks from a peel-off bingo card at the carnival. I think that's the biggest prize I've won in my life.

 

So many memories...I even remember the Fotomat next to the Amaco station

 

In 1963 my mom won the new car in the car tent.

It was a red, and white 1963 Buick LeSabre 4 door hardtop with a 410 engine.

 

When we had the gas lines in the mid 70s it was great to be buddies with Norwood Griffin. He owned Griff's Arco on the corner of Liberty, and Brenbrook. He told a select few people to come by at midnight on a certain night of the week. with all the lights off in the station, and drums blocking the entances he'd fill us up.

 

I never won more money with those games than I'd turn right around and spend at the carnival.

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In 1963 my mom won the new car in the car tent.

It was a red, and white 1963 Buick LeSabre 4 door hardtop with a 410 engine.

 

When we had the gas lines in the mid 70s it was great to be buddies with Norwood Griffin. He owned Griff's Arco on the corner of Liberty, and Brenbrook. He told a select few people to come by at midnight on a certain night of the week. with all the lights off in the station, and drums blocking the entances he'd fill us up.

 

I never won more money with those games than I'd turn right around and spend at the carnival.

 

My parents won our (black and white) TV from George's Superthrift. I guessing it was during the grand opening.

 

Brenbrook used to have the Imperial Palace, but we usually went to the Flower Drum near Offutt, or the Golden Dragon (I still get their carryout).

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My parents won our (black and white) TV from George's Superthrift. I guessing it was during the grand opening.

 

Brenbrook used to have the Imperial Palace, but we usually went to the Flower Drum near Offutt, or the Golden Dragon (I still get their carryout).

 

George's used to do all sorts of promotions.

 

When the Flower Drum was built it was originally called The Four Lanterns Inn, with a bar in the basement called The Den of the Wolf.

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When the Flower Drum was built it was originally called The Four Lanterns Inn, with a bar in the basement called The Den of the Wolf.

 

Cool! I did not know that!

 

What about the restaurant on Chapman Rd? I have a very vague memory of that one.

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Cool! I did not know that!

 

What about the restaurant on Chapman Rd? I have a very vague memory of that one.

 

Restaurant?

 

Cal Bitner's Place?

Bar to the left, grill/restaurant to the right.

 

Across Liberty from there was a small white and green stucco General Store called Caple's. I don't ever remember a restaurant there. They had a Breyer's Ice Cream sign on the front, with CAPLE'S under it. You had to go down some concrete steps to the front door. Store in the basement, residence upstairs.

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Restaurant?

 

Cal Bitner's Place?

Bar to the left, grill/restaurant to the right.

 

Across Liberty from there was a small white and green stucco General Store called Caple's. I don't ever remember a restaurant there. They had a Breyer's Ice Cream sign on the front, with CAPLE'S under it. You had to go down some concrete steps to the front door. Store in the basement, residence upstairs.

 

This was a restaurant in a house some ways back on Chapman Rd (on the Cal Bitner's side of Liberty Rd).

 

I do remember buying penny candy from Caple's though.

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This was a restaurant in a house some ways back on Chapman Rd (on the Cal Bitner's side of Liberty Rd).

 

I do remember buying penny candy from Caple's though.

 

I don't remember that, but my brother might because he had some friends that likved back there on Colorado Rd.

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I don't remember that, but my brother might because he had some friends that likved back there on Colorado Rd.

 

How about that Citgo on the corner of Liberty and Offutt that turned into the place that sold sodas? The Pop Stop or Pop Shop?

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Liberty, and Offutt?

 

Let's see....in 1965 On the one Corner there was Schmidt Ford, which later became Joe Grimm Ford until they moved in 1969 to where Liberty Ford is now. Then it was Arnold Rambler, followed by Larry's Dodge/Mazda.

Across Offutt there was Tower Pharmacy, which later became Dorothy Cobb Photography.

Across Liberty from there was an empty lot, which became a 7-11 in the early 70s.

... and ofcourse on the opposite corner was a Hardee's, later Roy Rogers, and the Giant Food store, and shopping center.

 

Maybe the 7-11 later became the Pop Shop?

 

The only Citgo I remember was at Liberty, and Marriottsville, near Deer Park Rd. That was ****'s Citgo. He had a big red Chevy tow truck that he called "The Big ****" and had that name painted on the front of the truck.

Before that station was a Citgo it was a Flying A station.

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Liberty, and Offutt?

 

Let's see....in 1965 On the one Corner there was Schmidt Ford, which later became Joe Grimm Ford until they moved in 1969 to where Liberty Ford is now. Then it was Arnold Rambler, followed by Larry's Dodge/Mazda.

Across Offutt there was Tower Pharmacy, which later became Dorothy Cobb Photography.

Across Liberty from there was an empty lot, which became a 7-11 in the early 70s.

... and ofcourse on the opposite corner was a Hardee's, later Roy Rogers, and the Giant Food store, and shopping center.

 

Maybe the 7-11 later became the Pop Shop?

 

The only Citgo I remember was at Liberty, and Marriottsville, near Deer Park Rd. That was ****'s Citgo. He had a big red Chevy tow truck that he called "The Big ****" and had that name painted on the front of the truck.

Before that station was a Citgo it was a Flying A station.

 

The 7/11 location is where I'm referring to. It was briefly a Citgo, then the Pop Stop/Shop, then it became the 7/11.

 

Wow, you sure know the "pre-history' of a lot of places in Randallstown. I always remember Joe Grimm across from Deer Park Building Supply. I didn't know it started where Larry's Dodge (I'm just wild about Larry!) was.

 

Same for Dorothy Cobb..I didn't know what was there before the photo studio.

 

How about Don Flowers,Highs, Liberty TV, and Tangiers? There was also a Tailor/Dry cleaners...I'm thinking Liberty Tailors maybe?

 

The Roy Rogers was further down Liberty Rd, across from Loring Byers. I'm surprised that parcel is still vacant after all these years.

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I lived in Govans. Used to sail sailboats in the wading pool at Dewees Rec center and have Gala Day at the elementary school. Used to have a great pit ham sandwich at the Stadium lounge on 33rd and Greenmount on the way to Colts games. My brother still lives in Govans. It ain't so bad on his street but York Road south of Belvedere is pretty ugly.

 

 

Remember the oooooold Govan's Grill- on the corner of York and Homeland?

It's since been razed. But it had GREAT crabcakes...COLD beer!

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The 7/11 location is where I'm referring to. It was briefly a Citgo, then the Pop Stop/Shop, then it became the 7/11.

 

Wow, you sure know the "pre-history' of a lot of places in Randallstown. I always remember Joe Grimm across from Deer Park Building Supply. I didn't know it started where Larry's Dodge (I'm just wild about Larry!) was.

Joe Grimm bought the Schmidt Ford franchise that was taken away from the person who bought it from Sam Schmidt. Before the old block building was a car dealer it was the local Blacksmith shop. I think they added on to that place about 8 times. The current Ford building was put up in 1968. My dad wad the parts manager there, and designed the parts department.

Same for Dorothy Cobb..I didn't know what was there before the photo studio.

Tower Pharmacy was a traditional old drug store with a lunch counter. In typical Randallstown fashion for the day, the cash register was in the back end of the store at the drug counter, and not near the door. Seems they weren't worried about shop lifters back them. Can you believe that?

How about Don Flowers,Highs, Liberty TV, and Tangiers? There was also a Tailor/Dry cleaners...I'm thinking Liberty Tailors maybe?

Don Flowers, and Tangiers were at least as old as I am. Liberty TV was a 60s business. In that same strip was a custom furniture maker, and repair shop called Marvel Furniture. The man who lived next door to us worked there as a woodworker.

The Roy Rogers was further down Liberty Rd, across from Loring Byers. I'm surprised that parcel is still vacant after all these years.

Yep... there was one there too. When Roy Rogers bought out Hardees there were two in that area for a short time. My brother's first job was at the one you're talking about. That one was a Gino's originally.;)

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Some of my childhood was spent in Edmondson Heights. We could walk to Charing Cross shopping center or Korvette's without a care in the world. My dad would drop us off at the Edmondson Village Theater for a Saturday movie and pick us up afterward with no worries.

 

My husband and I bought our first home in Edmondson Height in 1983, moved in 1992. It was amazing how the neighborhood changed in those 9 years. It wasn't the people moving into the neighborhood that changed it, it was those traveling through that caused the issues. Between the car thefts, the muggings, etc. it was time for us to flee with our girls.

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