Tell Us: Shops That Have Come and Gone In Syosset

Which do you miss the most?

Running a business on Jackson Avenue or in a shopping plaza can be dicey. Many local businesses can’t make it past the two-year mark.

It can be tricky to recall all of the shops that have come and gone in Syosset. But some businesses that closed their doors make us yearn for the good old days. Think: Borders, Rite Aid, Blockbuster, and more.

Which leads to the question: Which business from the past do you miss the most? Is there one place where you used to shop that you wish you could again?

Tell us in the comments. No store's closing is too recent or old.

John October 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Wimbledon's. Not a place I shopped at, but rather ate/drank at.
rich October 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Yes, Wimbledon's for sure! Also, Syosset sports, and Bigelow's.
Sue October 11, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Bonnie Griffin October 11, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Ralph Rottens and Borders
Woody Kay October 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Williams discounts, Thrift City, Lady cake Bake shop,Bargain Center,Lafayette
Papa Tom October 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM
>>>Williams discounts, Thrift City, Lady cake Bake shop,Bargain Center,Lafayette<<< Woody: You must be from MY era. However, you forgot WT Grant with its soda fountain and 3 for 24 cent candy bars, Whelan Drug, and John's Bargain Store. These were all in the Plainview Shopping Center, which was the place to go for us South Syosset people in the old days. On the north side, I miss Bill's Star Auto & Hardware and the Royal Card & Gift Shop (Rite Aid Shopping Center), Gorilla Records (NY Sports Club Shopping Center), and Friendly's (now 516 Americana restaurant). It's hard for newbies to believe, but you used to be able to really shop in Syosset.
Woody Kay October 12, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Hey Papa tom, we used to drink chocolate egg creams and lime rickies at Wt Grant. Then we would go across the street and eat doughnuts at Mr Doughnut or was it Doughnut man? Really miss the syosset bike shop. It was an inexpensive store, the owner didn't kill us on repairs. Now all that's available is this upscale over priced bike shops or walmart.
Tricia Shannon October 12, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Scott's Variety and Syosset Drugs
Steve Marrinan October 12, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Wetsons SuperX Drugs Dan's Supreme Lemon Tree DeVigas Department store ( was where 6800 Jericho Tpke office complex is now) The Upper Deck Wientraubs Kyle Moran's Syosset Sweet Shop Lum's--hot dogs steamed in beer, yum Lollipop Farm ( the train is on a farm out east) the diner that was where the astoria bank(the ugliest building in town) parking lot is The Friendly's that used to be in town- not the one up on Jericho Eckles Sporting Goods the old newstand that was in the train parking lot (fire dept side) Hub Supermarket The Hidden Barn Syosset Bicycle Shop
Sheila Cohen October 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM
All of the above plus Josh's candy store, where Raimos sits now and the pizza place within Williams discount. Also post and company and turtles hamburgers on Jericho tpke.
Sheila Cohen October 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Tuttles hamburger
Rob October 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Hey don't forget Trunz Food center!
Ed October 12, 2012 at 01:06 PM
How could we forget Larry Dio of Fieldwood Mens Shop in town. And John razzano's two generation shoe store in town. The original syosset sports in town which was the size of a large closet that owned the market for the red windbreakers with white block letter SYOSSET on the back.
Ed October 12, 2012 at 01:07 PM
More recent --- Mum's laundray on Ira and Tsubo in town. Long time intstituions
Jason A October 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Dairy Barn, Cardinali Pizza, Frendly's on Berry Hill
Linda L Manning-Koziatek, REALTOR, LSA, CSA January 11, 2013 at 04:43 AM
I remember al those places, but one of my favorite hangouts (back in the day -lol) was the "SKYLINER Diner on the corner of South Oyster Bay Rd and Jericho Turnpike now Starbucks and AT&T.... And the Ol' Station restaurant next to the train station, where Dunkin donuts is now (I can still see it now seats and all, but I can't remember the exact name). My husband Ed, as a kid, used to work on a farm for Burleigh Horan, Sr. and as we got older we would always run into Burleigh Jr. there.
Larry De Meo July 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM
When 'Davega's' (the proper spelling) went belly-up in the early '60's, the building was immediately bought by Grumman Aircraft, and it was there that the Lunar Lander was designed for the Apollo Moon Program. And how well we all remember the Skyliner Diner! It was strategically placed where Jackson Ave., South Oyster Bay Rd. and Jericho Turnpike all met (actually in Locust Grove, not Syosset) and right behind it was Hathaway Downs, really the first post-war development in the Syosset area, where I moved in as a 7-yr old in 1951. There was actually nothing there then, just farm fields as far as you could see! You could actually look out our kitchen window and see traffic on Old Country Road! And the Skyliner: except for the winter months, virtually every Friday & Saturday Night every kid with a car came there, parked and hung around outside the diner. And right across S. Oyster Bay Rd. At least three or four Nassau County cop cars were parked in front of the bank, and the kids and cops would just stare at each other until all hours of the morning. The 'scuttlebutt' was that the diner owner finally gave up and had the entire diner picked up and moved to N.J(?) because the kids rarely bought anything, just used up his parking, and he lost money every weekend! Not sure that was the only reason, but it sure was believable!


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