Which Old Local Business Do You Miss Most?

Let us know by posting a comment below, and we’ll recap your responses on Friday.

With the recent fall of Johnnie’s and the Arlington Heights Brigham’s scare last spring, it got us thinking:

Which old local business do you miss most?

If you could have one now closed Arlington business reopen, which one would it be?

Reader Stephanie Marlin-Curiel, who came up with the question, gave the indoor play space Tot Spot, the Arlington Food Coop and the kid-friendly restaurant Full Moon as examples.

We’ve also seen some great discussions about old Arlington businesses on the Facebook group “Proud to be from Arlington (before it was trendy).”

And on a personal note, my mom used to take me and my sisters to get doughnuts at Dough-C-Dough-Nut in the Heights when we were kids.

George F December 12, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Go to donuts with a difference in Medford! The owners are from Arlington and used to be the head baker at dough c dough
John Waller (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Oh wow George, great tip! I drove by that the other day and had been meaning to check it out.
joanie December 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Thanks for the tip! Some 25 years ago my young daughters and I would stay warm and have breakfast at Dough-C-Dough while waiting for pre-school to start at Arlington Heights Nursery School. Great memory--and great doughnuts!
Duds December 12, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Chummy's...on Summer St. across from ball field
Karen Kiley December 12, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I remember Chummy's, Sals of Italy beauty salon and Vic's barber shop in that building. There was also a small drug store on the end but I can't remember the name!
Stephen December 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I miss Brigham's in the center; nothing better than ice cream after school. The place would be packed with kids.
Zoltan December 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Harry's Deli and Ma & Pa Perkins Sub Shop, both in Arlington Heights.
MB December 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Charlie's Pizza up in the Heights...you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone
Cantafordcambridgemovetoarlington December 12, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I miss the old town of Arlington .
Tim December 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I miss Santoro's .... I miss Dairy Queen , Kentucky Fried Chicken , Buttricks ( not Brighams ) ... Oh Yeah Ka Loc the best Chinese food ever ...
gbc December 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I miss Monument Market in the center. They custom cut and sold the best meat and chicken I've ever had, and although it was small, I could always find what I needed in a quick stop. They took orders overs the phone and packed and delivered them to folks in town. Thirty years ago. Seems like a lifetime.
Gloria December 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I miss Cherry & Webb, for clothes, etc., shopping. All we have now are "boutique-type" stores, which are more like gift shops. I miss Danielson's in East Arlington..another "quick stop", where you could run in and grab a pound of hamburger, or any other kind of meat, without having to go to the supermarket. I miss Foodmaster, of course. It's hard to believe we have been left with just one actual supermarket for now. I also miss Peter's Kitchen in East Arlington, and of course Friendly's (great place to go when the kids were young), or if you just wanted a great sandwich and fries, etc., or an ice cream.
linda papaziann December 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
cherry and webb we need a tj's marshalls anything a real clothing store
Mozer December 13, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Menotomy Pharmacy
Gazza December 13, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I miss the Dairy Twist, next to Melrose Spa!!
Joseph December 13, 2012 at 05:37 PM
So true
John Waller (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM
From our Facebook page: Boyle's on Summer St. (twice), Dairy Twist, Angelo's Pizza, and Melrose Spa.
Really! December 13, 2012 at 08:15 PM
The pharmacy was Morningside Pharmacy. The head pharmacist was Archie, along with Harry. Before the beauty salon there was a dry cleaning shop there for many years.
Joe December 13, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Dough-C-Dough was great. There was also one in Woburn, across from Family Dollar and CVS. Nice to be able to get a breakfast sandwich for lunch. Donuts were made on premise and can't compare to Dunkin
Joe December 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Dairy Queen and Kentucky Fried Chicken in Arlington? Don't seem to remember those, whereabouts in Arl. were they? I do remember Buttrick's, going there as a little kid in pj's
Really! December 13, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Koffard's Restaurant (was beside the Arlington National Bank, Mass Ave -- is that little street "Railroad Ave"?) They had the BEST "sticky" rolls (Pecan rolls)... And the Old Mill Restaurant, now Fresh Pond Seafood, -- not to be confused with the Old Mill out there in Westminster. The Mystic Star Dairy Bar had the best! soft serve. Originally where the condo tower is now at Mystic Street and Mystic Valley Parkway.... Later it moved across the street where Dunkin is now (Summer Street at Mystic). Farrington's Records was the place to go for the latest tunes .... was next to Dewey's Variety ... now Not Your Average Joe's.
Stephen December 13, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Pewter Pot in Arlington Center.
Debbie December 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Luigi's! Right in the center! The best meatball and chicken cutlet subs! The smell when you walked in the door instantly made you hungry and selecting just one thing proved difficult! Haven't found a sub that compares, but thank God Bob's in Medford is still going strong. I loved Monument Market too. The owner used to live across the street from me. His brother owned Warren St Market too. And Beacon Spa...getting our penny candy! Decatur Market! LOVED Pat! (Just saw him a couple of weeks ago) And last but not least C&C Farms on Summer St(now Scutra) Ahh the good Ol' days.
Vin December 14, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Dairy Queen was where the Broadway Diner currently is and KFC was a few doors down (now Dunkin Donuts).
Elaine G December 14, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Vin, how long ago were the Dairy Queen and KFC on Broadway in Arlington? Seems to ring a bell. Joe, the Friendly's was where the East Cambridge Savings Bank is now located next to Dunkies where KFC used to be. I was one of the lucky ones who had to get a hepatitis vaccine after possibly being exposed at the old Friendly's on Broadway. I sort of miss Krazy Karry's in the Center.
Kelly December 14, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Does anyone remember....it would have been many many years ago, a place on Broadway somewhere around where Dunkins is now...a restaurant that I think was a two story white house, and I think it was called... Arlington House of Spaghetti ??? or something like that. I remember my parents bringing all there for dinner quite often. I know this wasn't in Arlington, but nearby at Four Corners in Woburn...a restaurant called the White Spot. One day there was a fire there, and the name was changed to the Red Spot...that is a true story.
Joe December 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Thanks Vin for the info. I also couldn't remember where Friendly's was but now I recall it being in that same area you mention, maybe where the bank is next to Dunkin?
Joan Foley December 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I miss Martins next to touraines. Use to go there as a teenager when I worked at Touraines It was just Touraines then. I already miss Johnnies. Could go there and get great cold cuts.and find my way around the store without having to find my way around congested aisles.
Vicki F. December 17, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I agree Joan. I miss Johnnies already also. I've had two instances where I went to the Stop & Shop, had a problem finding a parking space, and left without going shopping. I will never understand why we were left with just one supermarket (overpriced one at that...for the most part). I don't know if anyone else has noticed that some of the shelves are not as stocked as usual.
Don Chase December 22, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I do as well


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