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Retro Raleigh

Posted March 4, 2011

We've done several popular blogs on your favorite memories. Friday is a good day for these topics because they are pretty light and uplifting. After looking at Raleigh's "galloping growth" numbers this week from the US Census Bureau I thought it would be nice to remember the Capital City in a simpler time.

I'll get things started.

I remember Raleigh when The Frog and Nightgown was a big deal in Cameron Village.

I remember Raleigh when Villa Capri served up great pasta at Ridgewood Shopping Center.

I remember Raleigh when the Carolina Cougars were playing hot hoops.

I remember Raleigh when St. Mary's Street was the most beautiful street in town in spring time. Still is!

I remember Raleigh when Pat Patterson was the funniest man on the radio.

What do you remember about Raleigh. We'd love to hear from you!


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  • genegeneandnancy Mar 7, 2011

    Big Star grocery store on New Hope Road, Picadilly cafeteria in Crabtree Valley Mall, Farm Fresh and Pack and Save grocery stores........

  • dharper22 Mar 7, 2011

    I remember Raleigh when there wasn't yet an RDU and the Airport was south of downtown. The terminal wasn't much bigger than a mobile home. And, Jim Graham wasn't yet Commissioner of Agriculture.

  • xgi1969 Mar 7, 2011

    I remember Raleigh before the yankee invasion

  • marys1521 Mar 7, 2011

    Red Fox Restaurant in Cameron Village, the Nowell's stores in Cameron Village, Montaldo's in Cameron and at North Hills, Merita (?)bread plant on Hillsboro St., St. Mary's when it was a junior college...

  • oldwhitefemale Mar 7, 2011

    Seeing the Christmas parade at night in front of Butlers where the Wachovia building is now. Seeing the animated characters in Christmas scenes at Hudson Belk.

  • Red Bird Mar 6, 2011

    It wasn't Raleigh then, but remember "The Falls Of Neuse" before the dam was built on the river to form Falls Lake?

  • genegeneandnancy Mar 6, 2011

    Butcher Block Restaurant and King of the Sea restaurants on Capital Blvd., LeChateau steak restaurant in North Hills, Scotty's hamburgers in North Hills beside The Record Bar, Cardinal Theater, and DJs book and newsstand in North Hills annex.

  • bjgupton Mar 6, 2011

    driving all the way to Raleigh from Oxford to see The Sound of Music in a theater in downtown Raleigh!!!

  • pharmafamilee Mar 6, 2011

    Tunnel under Wilmington St. connecting Hudson Belk's Fayetteville St. and Wilmington St. stores; "Ask Your Neighbor" radio show on WPTF-AM; Solomon Grundy's at Cameron Village; original waterfall at NC State Fair near educational exhibit buildings; Action News 5; S&W Cafateria on Fayetteville St. with the revolving doors; Capitol Room cafeteria on 5th floor of downtown Hudson Belk; The Raleigh Times afternoon newspaper; Steve's Ice Cream on Hillsborough St; Raleigh Civic Center; Wake Memorial Hospital; Raleigh Municipal Airport south of downtown.

  • ktyndall Mar 5, 2011

    Mr. Peanut on South Wilmington Street, Tower Drive-in, Chips Hamburgers on Capital Boulevard, the "Downtown Boulevard," The Palmetto - home to the best hot dogs in town...




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