Recently we conducted a completely unscientific poll on our Facebook page to find out what stores we miss most lately in and around Levittown. We collected the almost 200 comments and ranked them according to mentions from our March 26th post. Here’s the top five!
Above is the simple question we posed to on Facebook. Given the chance, what business in or around Levittown do you wish you could have back? Here’s the front-end of the top ten list we’ve assembled from the comments:
5. Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour was a celebratory restaurant founded in 1963 that used to have a location in the old Oxford Valley Mall. Coming in at #5 on our list, a lot of folks have fond recollections of the straw border hats and player piano. But, my toddler memories include being traumatized by the loud, ambulance style sirens that I just wasn’t down with. Perhaps I wasn’t the only one as sales eventually dried up for the chain by the 1980s.
Pomeroy’s was the anchor of the long-storied Levittown Shop-A-Rama where we enjoyed department-style shopping, Santa Land and excellent soft pretzels. It was eventually sold to The Bon-Ton, then became Ports of the World and ended its run as a Boscov’s – another sorely missed Levittown store.
3. Greenwood Dairies
My mom, my grand mom and two of my aunts once worked at this fabled restaurant and ice cream parlor, formerly located about where the Team Toyota dealership is now. I grew up hearing plenty of stories of what a fun place it was to work and how families came from far and wide to sample the “Pig’s Dinner” which, upon completion, you would receive a coveted button.
2. Olga’s Kitchen
Obvious by its ranking, there was something about Olga’s Kitchen that really rang our bell. It was a Mediterranean style eatery on the second floor of the old Oxford Valley Mall, a few stores down on the second floor, on the left in the classic image above. I’ve, unfortunately, never been; but I recall the restaurant having a windowed facade where you would observe both the kitchen and dining areas. I also, seem to remember something about curly fries.
Possibly because its pictures was a part of the original Facebook post or maybe it’s our nostalgic feelings for the couple’s skate, Rollerama, one of Levittown’s favorite ‘ramas, ended up at the top of the list. Personally, I don’t think I missed a roller skate party during my tenure at St. Michael the Archangel and it was one of my top selections in the article 5 Things I Miss Having in Levittown.