My posts on stores and restaurants that used to exist in York County, Pa., but don’t any more are always popular, so, by request, here is an alphabetical, easy-to-refer-to index of all them!

If you’re a newer reader to the blog, please check out the posts linked to from here and let me know what you remember about these locations!

And for everyone – please comment and let me know what other stores you miss.

Ghost stores and businesses
- Adler’s
- Alice Hoffer’s Dress Shop
- Ames
- Ammon R. Smith Auto
- Andes Furs
- Andrews Food Market
- A&P grocery store (and read more here)
- Archie K. May jewelers
- Arnold’s Hardware in the Red Lion area
- A.S. Beck Shoes
- Aug. H. Schaefer florist
- Bara Bootery
- Bear’s Department Store and cafeteria (and read more here and here)
- Bell’s
- Benn’s Men’s Store in Hanover
- Best (and read more here)
- Biddle’s Shoeshine Parlor in Hanover
- Black’s Hosiery (and read more here)
- The downtown Bon-Ton (and its tea room) (and read more here and here)
- Builder’s Square
- Bupp’s Grocery Store in the Dogtown area of West York (and read more here)
- Buster Brown Shoes
- Calloway’s
- The Cedar Chest in Hanover
- Channel Hardware
- Charles H. Shaffner jewelers (and read more here)
- Chas. A. Schaefer Flower Shop (and read more here)
- Chet Patterson’s Sporting Goods
- Coastal Tank Lines
- Cohen Bros. Sporting Goods
- Collinsville Discount Center
- Colony Furniture House
- Concord’s Factory Showroom
- Colonial Shoe Store in Hanover
- Color Tile
- County Market grocery store
- Crane’s Men’s Store
- Crider’s (Card Shop? Variety Store?)
- C. R. Minnich radio and sound equipment
- Dale & Co. Drug Store
- The Darling Shops
- Dauber’s Florist
- D.E. Jones (and read more here and here)
- Dietz’s Lawn and Garden Center
- Disc Mart
- Dorothy Fox Fashion Shops
- Eberly’s Butcher Shop in Yoe
- Emile Hat Shop
- Eugene Jacobs’ Menswear
- Everhart Music Store
- Feder’s News Stand
- Feller’s
- Flinchbaugh’s Menswear
- Fluhrer’s Jewelry Store
- Food Fair (and read more here)
- Franklin Discount Stores (and read more here, here, here and here)
- Futer Bros. Jewelry Store
- F.W. Grand 5 & 10
- Gary Miller, dry cleaner
- The Gate House
- Gaylord’s
- G.C. Murphy (and read more here)
- Gee Bee’s
- Gehley’s Furniture and Carpet House
- Gem’s Bakery
- George’s Stationery Store
- Gibby’s general store in Yoe
- Gingerich’s Music Store
- The Gloria Shop in Hanover (and read more here)
- The Golden Rule department store
- Gregory’s menswear store (and read more here, here, here, here and here)
- Greiman Bros. men’s clothing store
- Griffith-Smith Men’s Store
- Grossman’s
- Haines the Shoe Wizard
- Hanover Shoe at the York Mall
- Hechinger
- Herbert’s Department Store
- Herman’s Shoes
- Hess’s
- Hills (and read more here)
- H.L. Green
- H.M. Rehmeyer’s
- Hochberger’s
- Hollander’s (and read more here and here)
- Hothschild Kohn
- International Jewelers
- Jack’s (and read more here)
- Jamesway
- Jay’s grocery store
- Jewelcor
- Jimmy Wilson Jr. Moving and Storage
- J.M. Fields (and read more here)
- Joe, the Motorists’ Friend (and read more here, here, here and here)
- Julius Music House
- J&W Hardware
- Kauffman’s Art Shop (and read more here
- Kaybee Toys
- Key Fashions
- Kiddy Town toys and children’s items
- Kinney’s Shoes
- Kresge
- Lazzara’s Furniture
- Leaner’s Hardware
- Lehmeyer’s Store
- Leinhardt Bros. Furniture
- Lloyd’s clothing store in Hanover
- Lovett’s
- The Lullaby Shoppe
- Mac’s Hardware (and read more here)
- Mailman’s
- Marianne’s women’s clothing store
- Maydel ladies’ accessories
- May Peal Shop in Hanover
- McCrory’s
- McLean’s Department Store
- M.C. Nace Clothing Store in Hanover
- Mehl & Rittenhouse Jewelers
- Mickley’s furs
- Minnich’s Pharmacy
- Montgomery Ward in the former York Mall
- Morris Drug (and read more here)
- Murray’s Menswear
- The Music Merchant
- Newcomber’s Newsstand in Hanover
- Newswanger Shoe Store
- The North Mall (and read more here)
- Ormond Shops
- The Orpheum theater
- Pantry Pride
- Pathmark (and read more here)
- Paules Dairy (and read more here)
- People’s Drug
- Pep Boys on South George Street
- Phar-Mor
- Pollack Jewelers
- Provenza’s Grocery Store
- Prowel’s Ladies Hat Millinery in Hanover
- Race O Rama Hobby Shop
- Reed’s Millinery
- Reese’s Variety Store
- Regal Stationery Store
- R.E. Lehr Groceries
- Rexall Drug Store
- Robert Hall’s Clothing Store (and read more dhere, here and here)
- Rodgers’ Toy Stores
- Rothert Co. Furniture
- Roth’s Jewelry Store in Hanover
- Safeway
- Sara Ellen’s Ceramic Shop in West York
- Schiding’s Yorktowne Service Store
- Schultz’s Drug Store
- Scott Stevens
- Shellenberger’s Coliseum Ballroom and Convention Hall (now the Valencia Ballroom)
- Shelly Jewelers
- Silo
- Sitler’s General Store in East Prospect
- Sloat’s Upholstery Shop in Hallam
- Smith’s Jewelry Store in Hanover
- Smittie’s Newsstand
- Smutz’s Leather Goods
- Sol Kessler’s record store
- Spangler’s drug store downtown
- Spangler’s grocery store in Weigelstown (and read more here)
- Spangler’s Hardware (and read more here)
- Stillman’s Department Store (and read more here)
- Strine’s Shoes in Hanover
- Sullivan’s Jewelers
- Sunny’s Surplus
- Super Thrift
- Target Shop
- The Terminal Luggage Shop
- Terry’s Menswear
- Thom McCann Shoes
- Thompson’s Ladieswear
- T.H. Thatcher groceries in Windsor
- Triangle Home Center
- Triumph Hosiery
- Two Guys
- Value City
- Vic Kroh’s Confectionary Store in Hanover
- The Village Peddler
- Walker’s Men’s Store
- Webb & Wolfe Sporting Goods
- Weinbrom Jewelers
- The West Manchester Mall’s previous stores (and read more here and here)
- West York Hardware Store
- Whelan’s Pharmacy
- White’s Record Shop
- Wiest’s Department Store
- Wolfgang’s Sporting Goods
- Woolworth’s (and read more here and here)
- Worth’s
- W.T. Grant’s 5 & 10
- The York Mall
- York Narrow Fabrics
- York Paint and Hardware Co.
- York Warehouse Food Market
- Young World
- Zaire’s
- A whole bunch of other retail memories here, here, here, here, here, here and here

Ghost restaurants and bars
- 7 Cousins
- A Buffet
- Adams Diner on West Market Street, York
- Al’s Diner on South Belvidere Street, York
- Allison’s Restaurant on South Duke Street, York
- Alpine Snack Bar on South Pine Street, York
- Altland’s Restaurant on North George Street, York
- The Amber Light
- Angelo’s Italian Grotto in the York County Shopping Center
- Anna’s Restaurant on West Market Street, York
- Archie’s
- Arnold Dairy Products
- Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips
- Avalong’s and the Avalong Colonial Dining Room (and read more here, here, here and here)
- Babe Keller’s Restaurant
- Bear’s Cafeteria
- Beecher’s
- Beefsteak Charlie’s (and read more here)
- Bel-Mar Lunch on South Belvidere Street, York
- Bennie’s Restaurant on West Market Street, York
- Berry’s Luncheonette on Pattison Street in York
- Besser’s
- Bessie’s Restaurant on South Hartley Street, York
- B&G Restaurant on West Philadelphia Street, York
- Blue Bird Lunch Room on East Princess Street, York
- Bob & Min’s Drive-In on East Market Street
- Bob’s Big Boy
- Boll’s Restaurant on North George Street, York
- Bonanza (and read more here)
- Bon-Ton Tea Room
- Borsa’s Cafe on South Albemarle Street in York
- Bortner’s Restaurant on West Market Street, York
- Boston Market
- Boxtner’s Restaurant on West Clarke Ave., York
- Briggs Diner on East Princess Street, York
- Bright Star
- Broadway Cafe
- The Broilburger on West Market Street, York
- Bud’s Drive-In (and later Bud Markey’s Family Restaurant) (and read more here and here)
- Burger Chef (and read more here)
- Burkholder’s Restaurant on West Poplar Street, West York
- Bury’s Hamburgers
- Busch’s Restaurant on Prospect Street, York
- By-Bel Dine and Dance Club on South Newberry Street, York
- The Candlelight Inn
- Capitol Diner on East Market Street, York
- Captain Mac’s
- Carlo’s Pizzeria
- Chance’s Restaurant (and read more here)
- Charlie’s Restaurant on South Duke Street, York
- Charlie Brown’s
- Charlotte’s Tea Room
- Cheeseburger in Paradise
- The Cherry Top
- Chi-Chi’s
- Christopher’s on North George Street
- City Restaurant on West Market Street, York
- C.J. Helfrich Delicatessen
- Cline’s Restaurant in Hanover
- The Coffee Shop in Dallastown
- Colonial Hotel Dining Room on South George Street, York
- Colony Restaurant and Diner on West Market Street, York
- Costy’s Pizza
- Cucuzella’s Steak Shop on South Duke Street, York
- Cue Lounge in Hanover
- Curry’s Restaurant on South Duke Street, York
- Dave’s Restaurant
- D&D Diner on South Newberry Street, York
- Dapp’s Dugout on East Philadelphia Street, York
- Degen’s Bar
- Delhamer’s Restaurant on North Newberry Street, York
- Delphia Restaurant on East Philadelphia Street, York
- The De Luxe Pastry Shop on East Market Street
- Dinner Bell Restaurant on South Queen Street, York
- The Dixie Creme Donut Shop
- The Dog House at Market Street and Memory Lane
- Dolly’s Diner on Kings Mill Road, York
- Donut World
- Dottie’s Diner on North Penn Street, York
- The Dutch Kitchen
- Edie’s Diner on East Princess Street, York
- Edy’s Sandwich Shop on West Market Street, York
- E&F Restaurant on East Market Street, York
- Elmwood Grill, South Belmont Street
- The Embers’ former location at the old York County Shopping Center
- Ernie McCall’s North Pole (Ernie’s, or The North Pole) (and read more here, here and here)
- Ethel’s Diner on West Princess Street, York
- Fairview Cafe on West Market Street, West York
- Family Time
- Famous Restaurant on South George Street, York
- Fanny Farmer Candy
- Ferro’s Lunchroom on East Newton Avenue, York
- The Fireside Restaurant
- Fisher’s Restaurant
- The Flamingo on Belmont Street
- Florence’s Restaurant on East Philadelphia Street, York
- The Florida Room (and read more here)
- Forest Ice Cream
- Fortney’s Restaurant on East Market Street, York
- Frank’s Place on West College Avenue, York
- George’s Luncheonette on South Duke Street, York
- Gino’s (and read more here, here, here and here)
- Glady’s Pool and Restaurant in Stewartstown
- Golden Corral
- Golden Glow Cafeteria
- Gordie Ginter’s at Market and Fayette streets
- Gruver’s Bakery on North Newberry Street between West Philadelphia and the railroad
- Hap Miller’s
- Harry’s Diner on West Market Street, York
- Hattie’s Restaurant on East Market Street, York
- Herm’s Restaurant on Memory Lane
- Hickey’s
- Hilbert’s Lunch on West King Street, West York
- Hillcrest Inn on South Queen Street
- Hinkle’s Luncheonette on South Queen Street, York
- Hoffman’s Restaurant
- Horn & Horn Smorgasbord
- Howard Johnson’s Restaurant on East Market Street (Stony Brook area)
- Howe’s Dairy
- Huntley’s Hamburgers on Memory Lane (and read more here)
- Ideal Restaurant on South George Street in York
- International Pizza
- The Italian Oven (and read more here)
- J&A Restaurant on Roosevelt Avenue, York
- Jack’s Diner on East North Street, York
- Jacob’s Restaurant on North George Street, York
- Jay’s Restaurant
- Jimmy’s Restaurant on North George Street, York
- John’s Lunch on Kings Mill Road, York
- Johnny’s Restaurant on East King Street, York
- The Jolly Cow on West Market Street
- Jolly Fisherman
- J’s Steaks and Subs
- Jug’s Bar
- Julius Dairy
- King’s Deli
- The Kozy Diner on East North Street, York
- Krout’s Restaurant
- Lafayette Grill on South Pershing Avenue, York
- The Lamp Post
- Latucca’s
- LeGore’s Drive-In
- Leona’s Luncheonette on Prospect Street, York
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- Lillian’s Grill on South Pershing Avenue, York
- Lincoln Ice Cream Parlor
- Lincoln Woods on East Market Street
- Little Princess Diner on East Princess Street, York
- LoPiccolo’s
- L & R Sub Shop in Spring Grove
- Lone Star Steakhouse
- LoPiccolo’s on South George Street, York
- Lutz’s Restaurant
- Lucky Diner on East King Street, York
- The Lunch Box on West College Avenue, York
- The Majestic Restaurant on East Market Street
- Mamma Rosa’s Restaurant on East Market Street, York
- Marie’s Diner on East North Street, York
- Mark and Neil’s Deli
- Mary Henry’s Homemade Candy
- Mary’s Luncheonette on North Hartley Street in York
- Mayflower Restaurant in Hanover
- Melvin’s
- Menuette
- The Mid-Way Restaurant on East Philadelphia Street in York
- Mike’s Nut Shop downtown on Market Street (and read more here)
- Minuet (different than the Menuette!)
- Mr. Bill’s Quarterdeck
- Moley’s in Red Lion
- The Monkey Bar
- Moser’s Restaurant on West King Street, York
- Myers Restaurant on North Main Street in Dover
- Nannie’s Chicken Shack on West Princess Street in York
- Nellie’s Restaurant in Weigelstown
- Ness’ Restaurant on South Queen Street, York
- Nick’s Restaurant on North Newberry Street, York
- Odessa’s Restauarant on West Boundary Avenue, York
- OK Corral (and read more here)
- The Old Homestead Inn on West Market Street
- The Old Wheel Lunch
- Orange Julius (formerly in both the North Mall and West Manchester Mall)
- The Orange Top
- The Paddock on East Market Street
- The Panther Grill on East Seventh Avenue, North York
- Pappy’s Pizza
- Park Hill Canteen in Dallastown
- The Patty Cake Bakery in York County Shopping Center
- The Penn Diner on North Penn Street in York
- Penn Hart
- The Philly Cafe
- The Pine Tree Inn on West Market Street (and read more here, here and here)
- The Pink Panther
- Pipkins Pizza in Red Lion
- Ponderosa (and read more here and here)
- Popeye’s Chicken
- Quick Cook
- The Rainbow Grill
- The Rambler
- The Ramona restaurant on North George Street, York
- Rax (and read more here)
- Ray’s Diner on North George Street, North York
- Richard’s in Red Lion
- Rider’s
- Ridg-Way Restaurant
- Robbie’s Drive-In on Banister Street, West York
- Rocky’s Pizza
- Rose Haven Restaurant on South Richland Avenue, York
- Roy Rogers
- Ruby’s Luncheonette on South Queen Street, York
- Rutter’s (also read more here)
- Salvo’s (and read more here)
- Sambo’s
- Sam’s Cafe on South Penn Street in York
- San Remo’s in Red Lion
- Saylor’s Restaurant on North George Street in York
- Sechrist’s Cafe
- Shoney’s
- Showbiz Pizza
- The Spaghetti Shop (and read more here)
- Spataro’s
- The Spinning Wheel Dining Room on East Market Street, York
- Spurg’s Drive-In on East Market Street
- Starlite Diner/Nautilus Diner
- The Star Lunch on West Market Street, York
- Stotler’s Grocery and Lunch Bar on Walnut Street, York
- Sunnyside Restaurant on East Market Street, York
- The (Wm.) Tally House restaurant (and read more here)
- Town Talk on South Hartley Street, York
- Towne Restaurant on South George Street, York
- The Trail Coffee Shop
- The Tre-Mar on East Market Street, York
- Tremont restaurant
- Tropical Treat (Fitz Brothers) in the Manchester area
- Victory restaurant in Hanover
- The Washington House in Wrightsville
- Western Sizzlin’ (and read more here)
- West Side Steak House
- The White Swan (and read more here and here)
- Wild Tuna Bar and Grill
- Woody’s Place on South Ogontz Street, York
- The Woozy Moose
- York Diner
- Yost’s Restaurant on South Highland Avenue, West York
- YWCA Cafeteria on East Market Street, York
- Zeigler’s Cafe on East College Avenue, York

Let’s keep the list growing!

41 Responses to York County’s stores and restaurants of the past

  1. Steve Wagner says:

    I have a few for your list. Helfrichs restaurant and hotel located on the Northeast square of Shrewsbury it was torn down and York Federal bank was built on the location. Next to the restaurant was the Shrewsbury Theater. There was small family owned grocery store that used to be on the west side of north main street in Shrewsbury. I believe it was owned by the Strewig family and was formerly Drennings. On south main street was Attigs Meat market. Also in Shrewsbury was Henrys Hardware store on the east side of North Main street. And on the square was Brickers Hardware on the Northwest side. On Saubles parking lot was the store of J. T. Wagner a furniture maker and mortician.

  2. tom says:

    When I was in high school I worked at Crane’s Mens Store in Middletown NY and every few days I would have to walk to the Post office with parcels of clothes headed for the York store. That must have been the main HQ. It was a nice old fashioned company for gentlemens clothes. This was around 67-69.

    • Jim Fahringer says:

      As I recall there was a Crane’s Mens Store in the former York County Shopping Center in the 1960′s. If I remember correctly it was located in the strip of stores on the east side of the shopping center and towards the northern end. I actually bought some clothing in that store when I was finishing college and starting to student teach and my first year of teaching.

      • Patti Phillips says:

        Are you the Jim Fahringer who taught 4th grade at the Pleasureville elementary school? I was in 4th grade at Pleasureville elementary in 1970-71, and I remember that it was “Mr. Fahringer’s” 2nd year of teaching, the first year of teaching was 6th grade at North Hills elementary.

        I remember an unusual store on Beaver St., south of Market (not sure which block) called Shank’s Mare, that sold hiking, nature outdoors stuff. Quite a neat place.
        Patti (Hamme) Phillips

        • Jim Fahringer says:

          Patti, I remember you well. What a pleasant surprise to meet you here on Joan’s blog. Teaching at the Pleasureville Building was one of my most pleasant experiences. That only seems like yeaterday. Hope things are going well for you.

          • Patti Phillips says:

            Wow. You must have taught hundreds of students and you remember me from 4th grade! I remember that you read Pilgrim’s Progress to us in the morning and always had us bow our heads for a moment of silence. I was friends with Lisa May and Deb Gladfleter and we were rascals. I remember getting stood in the hall for bad behavior occasionally. Are you still teaching?
            Patti

  3. I was reading your blogs about ghost restaurants and I wondered if anyone else has heard about “ghosts” that have been seen in and around the Shrewsbury Village? I am the owner of “the shops in Shrewsbury” at 16 N Main St. I have had 3 sets of customers, for a total of 5 people that have said they have seen a ghost of a little girl in the old cottage behind our building. Just a few months ago, another customer said that he had heard someone run up the old staircase in the cottage and was walking around on the 2nd. floor.
    Although I have never seen a ghost there, I have talked with people who have and since they brought it up, I believe what they say they saw.
    On the third floor of the main house, I have had several vendors tell me they have felt a presence in one of the rooms, and one customer told me, she saw a silhouette of a woman walk into the same room, but when she looked in, no one was there. Has anyone else heard any similar ghost stories?

  4. Terry Parr says:

    There was a little shop on East King St. at the alley behind Sunny’s Surplus that sold magic tricks, gags, and those sorts of things. I cannot remember the name of it. I referred to it as just “the trick shop”.

    • Jason Gross says:

      I just saw this question about the trick shop. I bought lots of tricks there in the 50′s. I think it might have been called ‘Adams’ and it might have been a smoke shop as well as having the magic tricks.

  5. Richard Miller says:

    I am trying to remember the name of the restaurant on south George St. that is now called The Cove. Can you help me?

    • Betsy Baird says:

      The Cove has gone by many names. In the mid-1950′s, it was known as The Trail Coffee Shop, owned by Ernie Rhodes.
      I loved some of his food, especially his creamed chicken.

      Betsy Baird

  6. Dexter Sternbergh says:

    Will a list be made of the vaudeville/movie houses in York (city + county)?
    What about a list of the Hotels? Ballrooms?
    Are all the great parks still intact? (eg Farquahr(?), Penn, etc.) Remember the Bandshell concerts?

  7. Karen says:

    I remember when I was very young going to a little burger place near what is now the Rutters on Bannister Street in West York called Robbies. And also what about Kellers which was in West York on Market Street somewhere between the West York Inn and the Turkey Hill?

  8. Brenda Moyer says:

    My uncle richard Gill worked for many years at the york peppermint co, ,when ever we went to visit him he always gaves us a box to take back to Lancaster pa.I really don,t know if it was a factory or just a small company ,Anyone have any information about the York Peppermint co,?

    • Valerie Gill says:

      Brenda,

      My grandfather was Richard Gill and he worked at that company. I think it was sold to Hershey. I believe it has been sold to a company in Mexico.

      • Jason Gross says:

        Well, it hasn’t been sold by Hershey. They moved all the manufacturing of York Peppermint Patties to a plant in Mexico.

  9. Jim Fahringer says:

    Does anyone remember Thompson’s Book and Stationary Store in downtown York? During the 1960′s and early 1970′s I worked in downtown York at my great aunt’s bookstore, “Thompsons Book and Stationary Store” at 35 West Market Street in the Rosenmiller Building. My job was to unpack boxes in the stock room and to deliver business and stationary supplies to most of the businesses and law offices downtown.

    Thompson’s Book and Stationary Store was not more than 12 feet wide and was very long extending from the entrance on Market Street to almost a half city block. The store not only sold books, but just about any office, school, or home stationary item imaginable, from the tiniest paper clip to typing and business papers of all types. I remember that on both sides of the store materials were stacked from the floor to within 3 or 4 feet of the ceiling.

    One of the biggest parts of the business was selling religious supplies to area churches and Sunday schools. There were no Christian Book Stores in York during these years. Thompson’s was York’s biggest sellers of Bibles and Sunday School supplies. It was also the only seller of Summer Bible School material to area churches. Many, many churches in York city and county bought their Bible School material and Sunday School material here.

    The decline of downtown business due to York’s racial problems of the late 1960′s, and competition from the development of malls on the outskirts of the city, eventually sealed the closing of the store in the early summer of 1974.
Often billed as York’s Oldest Bookstore, Thompson’s originally opened on August 25, 1899 at 49 West Market Street by Henry C. Barnhart and was known as “Barnhart’s Book Store”. Mr Barnhart was previously associated with John Baers and Sons, publishers of the Lancaster Almanac. The store moved to 35 West Market Street in August of 1915 when the Rosenmiller Building was completed. The store remained in this location until it closed in 1974. On March 15, 1935 Henry C. Barnhart died and a partnership was formed by Miss Helen L. Barnhart, daughter of the founder, and Arthur B. Thompson. On January 1, 1949 another change of ownership occurred when a new partnership occurred with Arthur B. Thompson and G. Marie Fetrow. The name of the store was changed to Thompson’s Book and Stationary Store that same year. Arthur B. Thompson retired in 1955 and G. Marie Fetrow became the sole owner.

  10. Jim Fahringer says:

    Thinking of Thompson’s Book and Stationary, I remember a Youth Hangout in the late 1960′s and early 1870′s that was located in the back basement of the same building. This hangout was called “The Middle Earth”. You entered the building from the back alley that ran parallel to Market Street. Youth would meet there to dance, have refreshments and play cards, etc. Does anyone remember “The Middle Earth”?

    • Jim Fahringer says:

      The previous post should have read “…in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s”. Sorry. I haven’t figured out edit a post.

  11. Jim Fahringer says:

    More info on the “Middle Earth” hangout which was located in the back basement of Thompson’s Book and Stationary Store (Rosenmiller Building). As I remember it was open mainly on Friday nights but may have been open some Saturday nights. The bottom back basement of the Rosenmiller Building served as the location. The back room was decorated in typical psychadelic style of the 1960′s and 1970′s. When I would go down to the basement to the extra wire enclosed storage area for Thompson’s book and Stationary Store, I could view the Large “Middle Earth” room which was sealed off from the rest of the basement by wire mesh screen tacked on 2 x 4 studs. I believe the originator and manager of the “Middle Earth” was Steve Gross. My sister, Cindy Fahringer, sang with a small obscure singing group at the “Middle Earth” The other members of the group were Chris Crove, Steve Orr, and Rusty Newcomer.

    There was also another youth hangout further east in the same alley – close to the back of Martin Memorial Library. This hangout was called “The Web”. Does anyone remember the “Web”? If anyone has any other info on the “Middle Earth” or “The Web”, I would really appreciate hearing about it.

  12. Jim Fahringer says:

    Does anyone remember “York’s Army Navy Store” which used to be located at 246 West Market Street in the city of York? I am not sure why it was called “York’s Army Navy Store” because in my lifetime it never sold anything Army or Navy. Perhaps the store name was left over from the Second World War when it may have sold army and navy clothing but I don’t know. Perhaps someone could could explain the name.

    This was a really unique store in the 1960′s and 1970′s. It featured all the wonderfully colored “hippie” and 70′s style clothing for both men and women. One of the things that stood out about this store was the wonderful colorful and avant garde clothing window displays. I remember often going by the store and gawking at the wonderfully multi colored high heel platform men’s shoes. As I recall, their clothing was not cheap, at least for a young teenager. I could never afford a pair of those uniquely designed and colored shoes. They had quite a variety of men’s platform shoes during the heyday of platform shoes. This store later became known as some kind of Boutique – perhaps “The Unique Boutique” but I can’t remember the name. I believe the sign above the door still has a faint name in front of the word “Boutique”. In the 1970′s this was the place in York to buy the gretest 70′s fashion clothing.

  13. John F. Kibbe says:

    Don’t forget the Roy Logan shoe store on the Square at the South George Street corner. I worked there Saturdays from 9am to 9pm 1941 – 1942 (got paid $3.00 for the 12 hours!) while I was at William Penn Senior High School (after graduating from Mount Rose Junior High School which I attended after graduating from the Elmwood School) . York and Elmwood was a great place to grow up in. Keep up the good blogs!

  14. Butch Miller says:

    Your October 7,2012 column a reader aske the location of Gruver’s Pharmacy. Gruver’s Pharmacy was located in 1200 block of
    East Market st.,south side. Having grown up in the 900 block of East Market street I remember going to Gruver’s
    Butch Miller

  15. Jerri Bitner says:

    I remember two stores in downtown York in the 1960s. One was the Deb Shop which was just up Market Street from Jack’s Dept Store. It was popular spot for teenage girls to buy the styles of the day. A second shop which was very close to the Martin Library was “Old World Imports” which was a sort of exotic gift store. I still have a couple items from this shop…a saki set and a ring whose stone flipped open to a hidden storage area!

  16. Cynthia Seghetti Bruning says:

    In the early 1960s I recall a restaurant, I believe it was called The Sportsman. I remember a large stuffed blue swordfish hanging in the dining room…it may have been over a fireplace. Even though I was very young, it was the only place I was allowed to have twin lobster tails. I was taught how fortunate I was to have the experience; those dinners were always very special. They served it with spiced apple rings that were the most beautiful color of red. It was were I learned about parsely as a garnish too.

    • Jim Fahringer says:

      There was a restaurant that was part of the old Lincoln Highway Garage complex at the very eastern end of the city where the Turkey Hill now stands. The restaurant was called “The Sportsman Dining Room”. The restaurant was located along the Lehman Street side of the gas station. I do not know how Lehman street got its name but I do know that the Lincoln Highway Garage was once known as Lehman’s Garage. I believe Mr. Lehman and possibly a brother originally operated it. One of the Lehman brothers was an early motorcycle enthusiast in the York area. Later on the Lincoln Highway Garage was operated by the Haines family. The restaurant did have a large stuffed blue swordfish on the wall. I am not sure the fish was real or not. In the late 1950′s and into the 1960′s this restaurant was one of only a very few in York that stayed open 24 hours a day. People who worked the night shifts and some policemen would often stop here for a late night snack. In the early days it was more of diner. In the mid to late 1960′s they remodeled it and made it into a more fancy restaurant and renamed it “The Sportsman Dining Room”. The new name may have had something to do with the fact that the Lincoln Highway Garage also had a little a Sporting Goods shop. When you got gas you could see the window of this little attached shop. They always had an outdoor sportsman-like display. I remember they had a canoe in the window and I think there may have been a stuffed animal or bird or two. I used to buy 22 long rifle ammo in that shop. I also bought my father one of those lighter type handwarmers for Christmas in this little shop. I think they also sold rifles and shotguns for hunting. I only ever ate in “The Sportsman Dining Rooming” 3 or 4 times and the food was very good.

      • Jim Fahringer says:

        My mistake. The Sportsman’s Dining Room was located on the Harrison Street side of the Lincoln Highway Garage not Lehman Street as I had earlier stated. I still don’t know how to edit previous entries.
        Sorry for the mistake.

  17. Jim Fahringer says:

    I saw an interesting Match book cover recently advertising a restaurant from York. The name of the restaurant was “The Violet Hill Cafe”. I believe the picture on the matchbook looked very similar to LoPiccolo’s Restaurant. The only address given was Route 111 York, PA. The phone number was a 5 digit number. The Matchbook also says “Where Italian Spaghetti Was Made Famous” and “Joe LoPiccolo Host”. My mother used to work as a waitress at LoPiccolo’s Reastaurant in the middle 1950′s. Does anyone know if LoPiccolo’s restaurant was known as “the Violet Hill Cafe” before it became LoPiccolo’s?

  18. Skip Robertson says:

    Anyone remember The Frog Pond? Hippie hangout (early sixties) in the basement of one of the buildings in the first block of North George. I think the entrance was off of Cherry Lane.

  19. Denny Kaltreider says:

    Remembering Moley’s Pizza at the corner of 7th Ave and North George Street. Used to go there in the 60s during high school. Remember the great subs piled a mile high with shredded lettuce and onions (like Jersey Mike’s -national chain – of today)

  20. Steve Kohler says:

    Is it just me or did we have better restaurants and stores 30 or 40 years ago? It seems all that we have now are chain restaurants and stores. So many of the businesses were found only in York. Now, we look like every other city in America.

  21. Steve Kimmons says:

    I’m a former Yorker (my Mom still lives there) and I’m new to this site. I have childhood memories of going to the Villa Roma restaurant on West Market Street. Is it still there? If not, it should be on your list of former restaurants.

  22. There are a few that my family owned or involved in:
    The Blue Garter Bridal Shop – George & Dottie Everhart
    Sunnyside Restaurant – George & Dottie Everhart
    Everhart Cooperage – George Washington Everhart
    York Bank & Trust – George David Everhart Sr

  23. Bill Winand says:

    I’m sure people remember Elbys! I worked at the one in the Queensgate shopping center and occasionally at the one located on Memory Lane in the late 70′s. Hot fudge cake, Big Boys, and Slim Jim’s, and of course the Blue Plate special. When the 2nd Caterpillar shift ended, the Memory Lane location got inundated with hungry people wanting breakfast. I couldn’t cook eggs, bacon, potatoes fast enough!

  24. Mark Ness says:

    As a pre-teen in the 50′s I remember going to a restaurant , that seemed like a big old house…..memory is fading.
    I believe it was named, Beerman’s, in southern York city? Help!

    • Carolyn Nace says:

      The restaurant was spelled Bierman’s located on Tremont and Cottage Ave. The owner’s wife’s name was Fairy Bierman. The restaurant specialized in oysters. My mother worked there in the early 40′s. I have an ice cream metal container that says Bierman’s.

  25. skyofblu says:

    Don’t forget Alice Hoffers (Market St. across from the YWCA) and Connors (sp?)(Market St. just south of Beaver St.) Children’s clothing stores from the 50′s / 60′s. Both treasures and owned by lovely people.

    Also, the Country Peddler on Beaver St. Same era.

    Always loved the parrot in Weist’s Dept. Store as well.

  26. Sherri L Burton says:

    We moved to York in the summer of 1965
    from Powell, TN; my dad had gotten a job a
    Allis Chalmers. He spent that spring job hunting
    and he wrote us letters tellin us that we
    were going to move to York and become Amish.
    Boy, were we disappointed when York looked like Knoxville!

    Anyway, we lived for 6 months off of North
    George Street, within walking distance from JM Fields;
    it was so different from the rural farm life that
    we knew in Tennessee. We ate our first soft
    pretzels (slathered with mustard) and had m
    any a snow cone.
    It was a very hot summer. We eventually mwd to The Brogue
    and frequently went to the Collinsville Discount Center
    which was a treat. One time our dog followed us inside and peed on a potato chip display.

  27. Lynette Myers says:

    There was a department store on White St in the 80′s, where Big Lots & Planet Fitness are now…
    Can’t remember the name, but I don’t believe it is included in the “ghost stores” list above.
    Does anybody remember the name of that store?

  28. Deb McKnight says:

    Let’s not forget the Miracle Mart that was located at the corner of Pine Street and Boundary Avenue in York.

  29. Barbara McKinsey says:

    I remember so many of the stores and restaurants. Beings back lots of memories. Good old days.

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