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Leesburg Road ABC Package Store + Leesburg Road Party Shop, 1314 Leesburg Road Suite J: 2000s   7 comments

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I had thought these two separate stores when I took the pictures, but closer inspection leads me to believe that while they may have been operated as seperately licensed businesses for ABC reasons, they shared one door (the door on the right of the Party Store side appears to be blocked off).

Both were in the little plaza at the corner of Leesburg Road and Greenlawn Drive which also housed the former Leonardo's Screen Printing and still very much open Pizza Palace.

Written by ted on October 5th, 2012

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  1. I went in a few times. Someone from the Party Shop would walk over, unlock the door to the Package Store if you wanted anything. I grew up about 4 or 5 houses away from this little Shopping Center and remember when it was being built, sometime in the early sixties, '63 or '64 maybe. I was around 7 years old. In the late sixties and early seventies the Party Shop portion housed Yates Pharmacy. I washed his windows once a month and he would give me 50 cents that I used to buy a Hot Rod Magazine with. There were many Stores in this Shopping Center I remember from the sixties and seventies. Custom Cleaners, a Barber Shop, an ADT Alarm Co., A hair Salon, A Screen Printer and a little Restaurant called The Snack Shack. The last 4 or 5 Store Fronts at the end closest to Greenlawn Drive, including The Pizza Palace were not original to the Shopping Center and were added at a later date. The two buildings not attached were a 7-Eleven Convenience Store and a ESSO gas Station.

    Rick

    5 Oct 12 at 11:46 am

  2. The barber shop was called El Toro Barber Shop.

    tonkatoy

    5 Oct 12 at 12:48 pm

  3. Also, before Pizza Palace moved in, that location was a restaurant called "Southern Kitchen" or somethnig like that. It was started, so I heard, by the people who owned Bright's at Richland Mall.

    badger

    5 Oct 12 at 12:51 pm

  4. Thanks Tonkatoy, yes it was El Toro, I remember now. That Barber Shop was still open until just a few years ago, different name of course. I got my hair cut there back when it was El Toro and again later in life when a Lady named Diane owned it. I know her last name but will not post it here. Her husband worked with my Wife at Square D for many years. Diane said she closed up because of the direction the Shopping Center was headed. I would love to have one of the old Barber Chairs that was, and maybe still inside there.

    Rick

    5 Oct 12 at 1:01 pm

  5. @ Rick, I think El Toro was right next to the current hair salon, IIRC. A guy named Jimmy S used to run it, with a partner named Rosco.

    In the eighties, there was a shop called the Book Nook...I think right next to where the liquor store is now.

    I stopped by that shopping center a year or so ago for old times sake, but it is pretty sketchy now.

    tonkatoy

    8 Oct 12 at 6:48 am

  6. @ Tonkatoy, I agree the shopping center is sketchy now. The buildings are old, the store fronts are small and the only tenants that appear to be doing above average is Pizza Palace. I am going to make a prediction. I believe the whole block is one piece of property. I say Pizza Palace buys the property, tears down all the buildings and builds a new shopping center with them as the anchor. Sort of like the Chinese Restaurant just past Lizards Thicket on Garners Ferry Road did. I have espn.

    Rick

    11 Oct 12 at 9:29 am

  7. I wondered what the deal was with that Chinese place!

    BTW, ted has a post on that place. I think it is listed under Sloan's Hamburgers.

    tonkatoy

    12 Oct 12 at 6:47 am

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