TELL US: What Do You Miss Most in Peabody?

Chime in with your memories of growing up in the Tanner City. What shops and other places do you miss that were here decades ago?

Did you grow up in Peabody?

The Tanner City, just like many other growing communities on the North Shore, has seen a great transformation in the past several decades. Many shops, businesses and landmarks, particularly downtown, have disappeared in that time as other businesses, institutions or developments took their place.

So what do you miss the most from your childhood? It's probably not A.C. Lawrence, but what about the Honey Bee Restaurant or Clem's Bakery?

Leave your memories in the comments section below and feel free to share pictures if you have any.

Ted Grevelis August 24, 2012 at 04:55 PM
As a Greek kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, I miss the old coffee shops down on Walnut Street around St Vasilios church. Or maybe it's just the colorful old guys that used to hang out in them that I miss... A bit of old Greek immigrant culture died when those places (and the older generation) died.
Melissa August 24, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Pop's Pizza!
Dick Delorey August 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The West Peabody Speedway. Used to love those demolition derbies!!! ☺
Elaine Palli August 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Sadly I do remember the large fires through out most of the Tanneries, AC Lawrence & so many others, and all the communities & cities that tried to help us out. And then remembering as a child too, the fire on Pierpoint St, & how we all almost had to be evacuated, but we were safe, thanks to our Fire Department! Peabody always had a wonderful community through all it's tragedies. And the kindness of people as well growing up there, we all knew one another too, Remember all the street floods, & they still do it! And the first International Festival too! And the old slaughter house on Walnut St. How it made me scared as a kid! When McDonald's first opened as a take out only, there was NO dining/eating area, How times changed, but each time I go back, it's still a "HOME" feeling!!! :)
Don M August 24, 2012 at 06:54 PM
During the 50's AC Lawrence blew a whistle 4 times a day, Monday thru Friday. One was at 6:55am, 12 noon and 12:30pm and then at 3:30pm.
Joanne McGarvey August 24, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Piece of pizza, honey bee restaurant
Bob August 24, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Pop's Pizza, Candy Haven , the bowling alley at the shopping center, think it was Holiday Lanes...
James D August 24, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I miss those West Peabody Speedway demolition derbies, too. I also remember seeing the Jack Kochman Hell Drivers there.
Buddy August 24, 2012 at 09:24 PM
My Uncle lived in Peabody for a long time in the 90's, I remember a lot of forest fires going on.
Don M August 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM
How about Morgan Meehan's animal farm where West Side Family restaurant is on Lowell St?
George Moreau August 25, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Places I miss: Kiddie Towne at North Shore Shopping Center,Holiday Lanes,Vic's Drive In, Super Sub and Raymond's Pharmacy in Square!
Melissa Secore August 27, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Delphi Deli in Syms Plaza in West Peabody. The best breakfast.
Bob Gill October 01, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I lived in West Peabody from 1954-1966. Loved the speedway,lived on the connor of Pine & Winona. At 13 I worked cleaning the grandstands for $5 a week and sold popcorn Sat nights. Went to the old Kiley School . First grade Miss. Fisher, 2nd grade Mrs. Taylor. and then on to the new Kiley. I had many good friends and meet my first love. Joined the Army in 1966,and never returned to Peabody. However I do vist often.
Saber Walsh October 24, 2012 at 02:02 AM
The Wooden Soldiers at the North Shore (then Shopping Center) Mall during Christmas time, the Pickle Barrel across from PVMHS, Peabody House of Pizza (got most of my dinners there on football game days), back when we all knew each other in the neighborhood, football games at the old Seeglitz. Treadwell's Ice Cream thankfully have still been around all these years!
Saber Walsh October 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I was just thinking about the General Cinema next to Holiday Lanes. Got thrown out of there as a kid, shooting people in the back of their heads with gum erasers and rubber bands. Those were the days.
Stu Lord March 07, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I grew up in Peabody, as did my father. My grandparents lived on Lynnfield st across from the park. The house is still there, the old colonial home. Graduated from PHS in 1960. Loved going to West Peabody Speedway with my neighbor on Columbia Blvd, Billy Shea. He owned and drove the blue 7 cutdown Class A coupe. I lived at the corner of Lynn St and Columbia. Sure would like to find a picture of that old race car. I retired after 41 years at GE to York, SC.
Charlene Sheldon March 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I grow up in Crow Village, ward 3, I remember Mr. Fosters Candy Store off of Beckett St. Wallis School, Goldstien's Shoe Store, Benny's, Mike's. Movie theater on Main St where you saw 2 movies, news reel & a cartoon.
Harry Birmingham March 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM
I couldn't agree more with Ted Grevelis about the coffee houses and all of what was Walnut Street generally. Many called it the Barbary Coast because of the many bar rooms that were there over the years. You could walk down Walnut St. and feel safe whether you were male or female because there was always someone watching out for you. Females would ask the guys at the KK Restraurant to watch them go up Caller St. to Main St. to go to the dish nights at the Strand Theatre. I could go on here with memories but I'd take up all the space available. maybe I'll write again to share these things of the past later on.
Arlene Bickford May 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Mal's supermarket in West Peabody. Better than Hanniford.


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