• Every time you order pizza somewhere, you compare it to Marcos/My Family’s Pizza.  The same family has been making their pies in Preston Royal since the late 1950s.
  •  Some of your old vinyl records have price tags from Minsky’s Music.
  •  You learned how to dance at Dick Chaplin’s in Preston Center.
  •  You learned how to bowl at Preston Forest Lanes, now Virginia Cook/Corner Bakery/Staples.

—Richard L. Brown

You remember that Chocolate Soup and then later Purple Cow were the coolest places for kids.

— Paige Dawson

  •  You recognize and know every private school uniform by color and plaid pattern.
  •  You wax nostalgic about Gazeebo Burgers’ ranch dressing and video corner.
  •  You were cool enough to know what NHS meant. 

—Paige Dawson


  • You remember Andra’s, a two-story clothing store for girls. Clothes for little girls were downstairs and clothes for teenagers were upstairs.
  •  You know that the Spec’s in Preston Royal used to be a movie theater.

—Claire Rathbun


You remember Mr. Peppermint visiting Titche’s department store in Preston Forest.

— Richard L. Brown

You still refer to Hillstone’s as Houston’s.

—Elaine Walters

  •  You went to Ferrell’s Ice Cream at Valley View Mall, where if you could dare to eat a “Pig Sty” they would ring bells and make a big deal about it. 
  •  You remember entering the Sanger Harris with the tile mosaic entrances and being in awe of the size of it.
  •  You know that cruising Forest was a rite of passage.
  •  Your first job was at Polar Bear Ashburn’s Ice Cream at Preston and Forest.

—Lisa Moetteli Nelson

You remember eating at Kip’s Big Boy on special occasions.

— Paige Dawson


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