Vintage Downriver Businesses

Do you remember these stores and restaurants?

Downriver has always been a mecca for mom-and-pop restaurants. Many “big-box” stores and restaurants have also called Downriver their home. For whatever reasons, these establishments have left the area or the entire commercial market but have left their memorable marks on many Downriver residents.

Have you ever visited these establishments from days gone by? Take a trip down memory lane, and see how many of the businesses below that you recognize.

About the image above: Park Plaza in Lincoln Park from approximately 1960 or ’61. This is the section south of Emmons. (Courtesy of Barry Hill)

Many facts are contributed from Downriver History and Facts.

1897 Smokehouse
A & P
A & W Trenton
Affholter's Creamery
Allen Park Bar
Amanda's
Anchor Inn
Angel's Candy Store
Anny's Candy Store
Arlan's
Arthur Treacher's
Aunt Alice's
Awad's Market
Baker Shoes
Baker's Square
Barczak's Gate House
Baxter Hardware
Belmar Bowling (Trenton)
Ben Franklin
Biff's Coffeehouse
Big Apple
Bill Knapps
Blazo's
Bonanza
Borden Burger
Bucki's
Burger Chef
Buster Brown
Camelot Inn
Carter's Hamburgers
Chatham's
Chi-Chi's
China Boy (A. Park)
Ciungan's
Clemente's
Clock Restaurant
Coffee Pot (Rouge)
Colonial House
Columbo's
Connor's
Copy Cat
Corky's
Corrigan's
Count's Pizza
Covered Wagon Inn
Cozy Corner
Crowley Hardware
Cunningham Drugs
D.C. 5 & 10
Daly Drive-In
Damon's
Dasher Drugs
Debbie's
DeLuca's
Dmitri's
Dog & Suds
Dolce Vita
Duff's
E.J. Korvette
Ecorse Drive In
Elmer's Rustic Steak Pit
Elsie's Chicken Shack
Emogene's
Empel's
Epps Sporting Goods
Euro Diner
F.W. Woolworth
Farmer Jack
Farrell's
Federals
Fergie's Fish & Chips
Fiorelli's
Fisher's Apparel
Flamingo's
Forest City
Fort George DriveIn
Frankie's (Ecorse)
Franklin's Restaurant (Ecorse)
Frank's Bar
Frank's Nursery
Fratello's
Fretter Appliance
Gail's Office Supply
Girodano's
Golden Point
Great Scott
Grove Drugs
Grybal's Hardware
Guy's Pizza
Hans Schnizelbank
Hartman's
Heide's
Henry's
Highland Appliance
Hi-Lo Restaurant
His Place
Holly's Costumes
House of BBQ
Howard Johnson's
Howard's Burgers
HQ
H-Salt Fish & Chips
Hughes & Hatcher
Hungry Crab
Hungry Penguin
J.L. Hudson Company
Jack In The Box
Jack's Party Store
JC Penny (Lincoln Park)
Jean Nicole
Jobee's Drive-In
Joey's Stables
Johnny's Nursery
Johnson's Dining
Johnson's Restaurant
Joshua Doore
Jumbo Supermarket
Junior Achievement
Kaul's
Kinney Shoes
Kowalski Deli
L.G. Haig
Lawson's
Leewards
Lerner's
Lichee Gardens
Lincoln House
Long Dollar
Louie's By The Airport
Lucky Drugs
MaCauley's
Magic Pan
Marianne, McCrory
Mary's Sweet Shop
Maury's Triangle
Mazzola's
McGraw's
McLouth Steel
Mi Casa
Montgomery Ward
Maurey’s Grove
Mervyn’s
Morris Store
Mountain Jack's
Mr. Steak
Mulias & Ellias
My Granny's
Naum's Catalog Showroom
Neisner Five & Dime
New York Submarine
Old Country Buffet
Old Fashion Pancake House
Olympic BBQ
Omeo's
Open Cars
Orchard Grove
Owen's Restaurant
Palace Fine Foods
Palumbo's
Pants Galore
Peppina's
Piper's
Plum Place
Poplar Inn
Poremba's
Poster Pit
Potter's
Real McCoy
Red Barn
Rexall Pharmacy
Richmond Drugs
Rio Bravo Cantina
Rita's Drive-In
Robert Hall
Ron's Par-T-Pak
Rosie's
Royal Ascot
Ryan's Steakhouse
S.S. Kresge Co.
Sam's Bar
Scotty Gall's
Seafood Bay
Sears Roebuck & Co. (soon)
Sentry Drugs
Service Merchandise
Shopper's World
Sign of the Beefcarver
Silverman's
Sims Menswear
Sir George's
Six Stars
Spartan/Atlantic
Stanley's Truck Stop
Star Diner
Stone Fruit Market
Stonehenge Bar
Stoner's Hobby
Susie's Casuals
Suzie Q
Sveden House
Symak's
Taylortown Center
Ted's Place
The Forge
The Nugget
The Timbers
Three Sisters
Tijuana's
Topps
Trovano's
Truan's Candies
Tulio LaRiviera
Twin Pines
Uncle Harry's
Virgil's
Vitale's
Wabeek Dining Room
Watkins Hamburgers
Wickes Furniture
Wing Wah Chop Suey
Winkelman's
Wishbone (Allen Park)
Wong's
Woolworth Counter
Wrigley's
Wyandotte Record Exchange
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