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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.

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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