Sign of the times
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that The Island Store – located at the corner of N & Sixth – will be closing its doors. Their last day in business will be Sunday, May 31st. No more trips for rainbow slushes, to play the number, to pick up the Sunday Globe or maybe even a bag of Doritos at the little mom and pop shop.
No word what will replace The Island Store. Our fingers are crossed that maybe someone is buying it to transform it into an American Provisions-type shop with gourmet sandwiches, fancy cheese and wine, and really good coffee but it’s highly unlikely. We’re going to make a wild guess that it’s going to be converted into condos. What else is new, right? “Back when we were kids, there used to be corner store on every block.” But those days are long gone.
We know we’ll be stopping by one last time to purchase a lucky scratch ticket – and it’s gonna be the winner!
Old School Southie Nostalgia:
When I was a little girl, whenever I visited my grandmother’s house on Marine Road, one of my many aunts (not much older than myself) would walk me to the store at the corner of L&8th (now Mirisola’s). We called it “The Greeks.” It was owned and operated by the Pappas family and they all worked there. There were two brothers – John and Chris and two sisters Mary and Ann. They all wore smocks with their names embroidered on them. I remember they had a greeting card section up the stairs in the back, and a deli too. Near my house on Emerson Street, I would be sent to Nason’s Market at L and Fifth (Now L Street Diner) to buy Winston’s for my mother. Don’t judge, it was the 70’s.
What was your favorite corner store?