As I was driving down Race Lane the other day I had a thought: How many people know where "the dairy" was?
Whenever I had to pick something up at the , I say to myself "I'm going to pick that up at the dairy" because I still think of it that way. For many, many years that spot on Race Lane had a small white building with green trim that was the G&T Dairy - a place we'd stop after school for a candy bar or ice cream sandwich.
In the 1970s when "the Dairy" became known around town for its fried chicken, they changed the name to "The Chicken House," and then eventually it was sold, the building altered, and it became the green grocer called "Schmitts." Now it's the Hampton Market Place. But to me, and to so many others who grew up in East Hampton, it will forever be known as "the dairy."
So then I started thinking about the other names and places around town that have changed since I was young. My children may not remember many things the way I remember them. So here's my list - a bit of a quiz for East Hamptoners who may like having their memories jostled a little. Because memories are always (well, usually) fun.
See how you do with these questions:
1. Do you know where the Ross Fanning Jewelry Store was?
2. Do you remember the original location of The Marmador?
3. Do you remember where the Post Office was before it moved to Gay Lane?
4. What was the name of the restaurant that used to be where Nick & Toni's is now?
5. Can you remember where two gas stations stood on Newtown Lane?
6. Where was the soda fountain on Main Street?
7. Where could you buy appliances in East Hampton the 1950s (there were two places!)?
8. Can you remember where the penny candy store was?
9. Do you know which store had a back room where "adult" cards and gifts could be purchased?
10.Where did a French restaurant stand on Main Street and what was its name? 11.Do you remember what the most expensive clothing store in town was in the 1960s?
12. What was in the building on the corner of Rt. 27 and Spring Close Highway before it was a bank?
13.What was the name of the first soft ice cream stand in East Hampton and where was it?
14.Where were the four East Hampton car dealerships in 1960s?
Who can come up with more of these to stimulate our memories?
Those of you who grew up in Montauk, Amagansett, Wainscott, and Springs will have some that will stump us, I'm sure. Like what the Marine Museum building was built for and where Jungle Pete's was.
I look forward to the challenge.