All of us who have lived here for any length of time (even 6 months) have had a favorite business close its doors, leaving a big hole in our routine. I’ve been a resident since 1982 so I’ve got my fair share. I’ve already mentioned Franke’s and Sidewalk Pizza, and I could probably list several dozen but the following 3 have been on my mind recently, so here goes my list of favorite businesses that are no longer among the living…
What was it called? Uptown Video
Where was it? 53rd and H Street, next to what is now Selland’s
What do you miss? Well, despite the fact that I am a Blockbuster Online subscriber, I think we all miss the olden days of mom ‘n pop video stores. The sun-faded video covers, the movie posters of Terms of Endearment or perhaps Against All Odds, the near-nonexistent selection. I’m not arguing against the free market taking out the sickliest gazelle in the herd, I’m just saying it doesn’t seem like the market will ever move toward more charm and homeyness, always away from it. There are a few of these types of businesses that are near and dear, but this is the one that I thought of the other day.
What’s there now? Definitely not a faded TRON poster!!!
(Note: Save your breath, I know about Awesome Video.)
What was it called? Comics & Comix
Where was it? K Street Mall, between 9th and 10th
What do you miss? It’s more about what I missed… During the heydey of Comics & Comix, I was not into comic books, but oddly enough I am very much into them now (my pull list: Walking Dead, Atomic Robo, Incognito, Proof, Rasl). When I was going to Comics & Comix every week in the ’80s with my buddy, it was to buy Dungeons & Dragons manuals and lead figurines of fantasy characters. Our moms let us take the bus down to K Street by ourselves when we were 10. Did I mention we lived in the 1950s?
You see, now that I am a grownup who is into comics, I do most of my purchasing online. Though I will definitely be hitting up my LCBS for Free Comic Book Day…
What’s there now? Depends on what you (I) mean by “there,” since it had a few different locations. Though lets face it, the way downtown looks these days most of the locations once occupied by Comics & Comix are probably vacant.
What was it called? Camellia Donuts
Where was it? By Lucky’s on the 5500 block of Folsom.
What do you miss? Camellia Donuts had donuts in the window, plus I believe they had full breakfast. But the more important question is: Where do people in Midtown and East Sac get their donuts? Over in Tahoe Park we have the awesome Tallac Village Donut Shop, but in all of the rest of the grid there seems to only be Stanely’s Donuts, near J Street Liquor across from Peet’s. But that place is not very good. And no offense to the bakers at grocery stores but I don’t think you’re supposed to make them out of construction adhesive. Are you telling me that people stopped enjoying them an apple fritter on a weekend morning in the Spring in Sacramento?
What’s there now? Papa Murphy’s. See my above complaint about homeyness (though I do frequent Papa Murphy’s quite a bit). There is homespun attitude and there is convenience. There are some things — particularly ones where you are not ingesting anything — in which convenience wins out for me, like video rental. But I’m not going to get dinner at Taco Bell when I can drive to La Favorita. In fact, I’m not going to eat anything if I can drive to La Favorita. In fact, I’m going to finish this post after I make a run to La Favorita …
What do you say, readers? Have any fond memories and/or corrections to the above? I wrote this without doing much research. You’ll be hearing from other Sac Raggers on their favorite empty storefronts…