My husband recently visited BGmoms and read my "about me" section. In that section, there is mention to my dear husband by saying, "Her husband, a 30+ year resident of Lexington, spends many nights filling Jessica in on the things she has missed in this great city." Due to this statement he requested to write a guest blog for me this week to reminisce about this great city. So, without further ado, my husband....
There are several different things I miss from my childhood in Lexington such as stores, restaurants and things that have faded away. Some of the restaurants I remember from growing up are places like Burger Chef, G.D. Ritzy's, Druthers, and, of course, the staple of what once was Lexington Mall, Morrison's Cafeteria.
Shopping has changed in Lexington over the years. How many people remember when Fayette Mall ended at Sears, like I do? Or the fountains in the middle instead of the kiosks? What about the designated smoking area at Fayette Mall in what is now the children's play area?
Currently we stop at Wal-Mart, Meijer, or Target to shop. I miss the days of visiting Ben Franklin, Hills, and Gold Circle.
Many of the department stores have changed names since my childhood. I remember before it was Macy's it was Lazarus and before it was Lazarus, it was Shillito's. I was working at Fayette Mall when McAlpins became Dillards. And I purchased my first pair of Air Jordans at Ben Snyder's in Eastland Shopping Center.
My favorite arcade was the Dream Machine in Turfland Mall. Although the Aladdin's Castle at Lexington Mall had a better air hockey table.
Of course the radio stations have changed. The Bear used to be K93, still a country station, but I can recall when the Cat was 103.3, an oldies station. One of the biggest changes I still struggle with is hearing WKQQ as 100.1 since I still call it 98 Rock in my head because to me 100.1 would still be WFMI.
And, let's talk about the development of our ever growing county. I grew up in Athens and can remember that the first stop light we would approach while traveling Richmond Road into town was at the McDonalds. Heck, there wasn't even a stop light at Richmond Road and Man-o-War.
I also loved going to the Sweet Sixteen basketball games at Rupp Arena and visiting Charlie and Barneys at Festival Market with the giant carousel at the top. But when it was time to watch a movie, like Ghostbusters, I headed to Lexington Mall.
Even though Begley's Drugstore and County Market have given way to CVS and Kroger at least we still have Joe Bologna's.