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Re: “Keep Hillsborough Street funky

Your story on Hillsborugh Street brought back a lot of memories. Having grown up in Raleigh, I graduted from Broughton HS in the early 1960s and attend NCSU in the 1960s & 1970s. I few places I remember from those years on Hillsbrought St. (still Hillsboro St in the early 1960s). Going in approximate geographical order from the present day Red Hot and blue to where Brothers Pizza operated (and not including every busniess). Zig Zag; Raleigh first and largest head shop. The place to buy your smoking supplies. One year as the last float passed by in the Raleigh Christmas Parade, the Zig Zag pulled a float from a side street with a giant smoking joint. Underneath the Zig Zag was a place call the Subway Tavern. Edwards Grocery; a real mom and pop's grocery. Later the name on a tavern there. The Wolves Den. A great college tavern. Hunnicutts--a clothing store; the Gateway Restaurant--good home cooking for college students; Arthur Murray's Dance Studio; Hamburger Hut--cheap eats; Varsity Theater--showed second run movies and the only place to see foreign films; College Grill--Mostly a bar. Operated by a man known as "Red." If you were a regular you could go in, pull a beer out of the cooler, get a burger our of the fridge, throw it on the grill, cook it yourself, and pay "Red" when you left; Varsity Men's Wear and the Stagg Shop, both upscale college clothing stores; upstairs was the "Jolly Knave"--home of the "yard of ale" glass. Later became Mitchi's, Baxley's--another great restaurant; upstairs the Eight ball (billards)--later My apartment; Ken-Ben's book store and a real 5 and 10 cent store. And lastly on the opposite side of Hillsborough where Theater in the Park is now located was the National Guard Armory. Please excuse the mistakes of memory, the rambling, and the misspellings. Tom Belton

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Posted by TB on 05/29/2009 at 1:15 PM

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