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Which Old Melrose Business Do You Miss Most?

Let us know by posting a comment below.

With Johnnie's Foodmaster and other Melrose businesses shuttering this year, it got us thinking: Which old local business do you miss most?

If you could have one now closed Melrose business reopen, which one would it be? Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section below.


Christopher December 13, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Sweets stuff
Edith McGandy Ackerman December 13, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Well if you're going back more than one year, I too would echo missing Sweet's Stuff. I hate to say "shuttered," though, makes it sound like the town is folding up and disappearing -- obviously not the case, with thriving new businesses arriving too!
Jeff Cerretani December 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Cerretani's! :)
Steve Meuse December 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I wish Regina's would open the West Foster Street entrance. You have a store fronting what could be an extension of walkable downtown, but instead they open up into the parking lot..
Steve Meuse December 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Where are we supposed to buy Melrose pride clothes now?
Cheryl Ringen December 13, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I miss Cerretani's and I also miss Brigham's Ice Cream.. oh and how can I forget Caruso's Pizza...
Karen Willis December 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Caruso's Pizza
Melissa Chick December 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Cerretani's and Hinchey's
Joe Harrington December 13, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Cerretani's, and the bowling alley! Would someone please get rid of the Caruso's eyesore property? I can't miss it if it won't go away!
Ellie Tedeschi December 13, 2012 at 07:34 PM
glad to see someone else remember Hinchey's I went there with my grandparents in the 70's It was always such a special treat to go and get a brown bag full of candy!
Richard Ford December 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Towne Market @ Kennedy's
Bo December 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Milton's drug store next to Bobs Coin and stamp Milton's drug storr
Percy December 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Heavenly Muffins & More, a fantastic local muffin and doughnut joint (formerly in the place now occupied by Mexico Lindo; and before that Pauli's - which I do NOT miss), which was killed by DD's extended hours. On the NOT list: Caruso's. Speaking of which, neither the Patch nor the Free Press has followed up on the recent work going on there. It's so funny how neither press outlets for this city actually cover topics that so many people are curious about. Like, for example, how the Ravine Rd reversal this past weekend and this week has worked. And, whatever happened to the food co-op that was expected to come to Main St. And lots of other issues that get explored once but not regularly followed up.
vickymacdonald December 14, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I miss Bits and Breads of Ireland and their amazing scones. So cozy and soothing to sit in the sun by the window!
Judith Kerry December 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Cerritani's, Wellwood, Woolworths
Steve Fornett December 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Caruso's Sweets Stuff Paulies
Steve Meuse December 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I too am curious about all of that stuff. There's also multiple proposals for subdivisions and condo projects that I've seen on the planning board agenda, but I haven't seen any stories about them.
Kayla Williams December 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Bread and Bits of Ireland for the atmosphere and the Irish soda bread.
Kayla Williams December 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I'm too happy to wait for a story: from my commuter's perspective, the restoration of Ravine Road as a 2-way has made turning from Woodland Road noticeably faster and safer.
Anita December 14, 2012 at 04:13 PM
It is a long list for me! Wellwoods, Hills Gift Shop, Hincheys, Milton Drug, Friendlys, Garniss Market, Cerretanis, Melrose Drug, Breads & Bits of Ireland, Carusos, Melrose Coin & Stamp, Brighams....... I am sure there are some I am forgetting.... Miss Johnnies already but looking forward to Whole Foods opening. Oh, LeBlancs Pharmacy - used to go there for root beer floats way back.... Good memories
Julie December 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Melrose pride clothes are sold at MG Signs 473R main st.. Behind melrose house of pizza in the back lot
Daniel DeMaina (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Percy, first on Caruso's: When I was still editor of Melrose Patch, I made inquiries about it every month, but could never get a hold of anyone who had definitive details. We still follow up on it, but frankly, if we can't get anything to report, we're kind of stuck. I was frustrated about my inability to get any news on the joint. The Alchemy Cooperative food co-op was eyeing the former Melrose Drug space, but then D'Amici's moved in there and later Anytime Fitness, and it died on the vine. The website's gone — http://alchemycoop.com — and they haven't held any exploratory meetings in quite a while. Thought I had reported that at one point, but I might not have (sometimes stuff is announced with great fanfare and then quietly fades away). On Ravine Road, Melrose Patch did report (and in fact broke the news) about the reversal. Regarding how it worked, it did just happen recently and it's something to follow up on, especially with the new improvements. Follow-ups are important, no doubt, but I'd humbly ask you to remember we have a limited staff. I'd also remind everyone that while Melrose Patch reports the news, it's not an online newspaper, and we encourage everyone to post blogs, announcements and so forth to let people know their news—a blog post by someone who regularly commutes in the Ravine Road area would be great. If there's ever anything you're wondering about, just shoot a quick email to melrose@patch.com. A gentle reminder is always helpful.
Mark Ouellette (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Hi Percy, We had requests from our Melrose Patch Facebook contingent for an update on Caruso's; however, the owner declined to provide any details due to legal issues and we posted that update to our Facebook page. That said, he may be able to provide us an update on the project in January or February. We'll be checking in with him again so it's not as though it's off our radar.
Edith McGandy Ackerman December 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Great to know! Thanks!
Jeff Berlin December 16, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Wedeco Hardware Store on Franklin St.
Bethany Cassin Gaita December 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Johnnie's is sorely missed by Melrose and surrounding residents. More importantly, Johnnie's provided a walkable, reasonable grocery to many of Melrose's elderly and handicapped patrons. Getting to Shaws is a challenge for these residents that are on a fixed income with limited transportation resources.
cheryl harrison December 18, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Dollar Tree....
cheryl harrison December 18, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I miss W.T.Grants, Clements, Larry's Leftovers, Liggets Drug Store, Friendly's (I once worked there), Pete's Subs, Transitron.....
cheryl harrison December 18, 2012 at 01:54 AM
By Dollar Tree, I mean we need one..cute little affordables for low income & little kids can buy their parents little gifts there...like a five & dime..God knows we don't need a Spa, bank, pizza parlor, restuarant, nail salon, high end gift store..so why not a Dollar Tree?!!!!!
Kathy December 31, 2012 at 03:57 PM
The Ravine road island is not going well. You don't have to believe what I write here - just ask the guy who hit it in the dark and blew out his tire or the people that were trying to maneuver around it and hit and knocked down the stop sign. It is worst than before.

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