Downingtown icons- no longer, new & still around

My list is just that: a list and mine. It is not complete nor objective. Feel free to add your comments.

No longer:

  • Downingtown Inn and The Farmers’ Market: how we were defined by everyone unless they lived here.
  • Roosevelt Theatre: the place to be on Saturday afternoons if you were a kid.
  • All of the paper mills: the industry who gave us our growth and employment for over a century and a half.
  • Jasper’s Restaurant:  they blazed the trail for other top rate restaurants to settle here.
  • Downingtown Savings and Loan: skillfully captained for decades by Ellen Ann Roberts, a good role model for business women and men.
  • Pepperidge Farms: this national company built a monster manufacturing plant in the Glasstown neighborhood. They filled our air with tantalizing smells of baking foods.


Still around:

  • Coffee Cup: Downingtown’s meeting place for breakfast and lunch. It is its own little world and you’re a part of it.
  • Maxwell’s Hardware: not just a hardware store, it’s a place to hang around and get all your life’s problem solved with nuts, bolts, screws and duct tape. They’ve passed along helpful advice for over 110 years.
  • Downingtown Diner:  now called Chef’s Diner after a string of other owners. It’s where we get our genuine diner foods. They also gave us our Hollywood link- the movie, “The Blob” with Steve McQueen.
  • Lou Beverage: found by an Italian immigrant, Luigi (Lou)  D’Addezio and built on hard work and cold beer. It is now in the hands of third generation D’Addezios.
  • Downingtown National Bank: our community’s anchor financial business since the Civil War.
  • Saint Anthony’s Lodge: the place where our Italians gathered for all events since the early 1900s. It’s where most of our memories are framed.

I am now finished with my this-serving exercise. I invite you to send me your corrections, changes or additions. I won’t delete an entry unless I’ve presented inaccurate information.

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2 Responses to “Downingtown icons- no longer, new & still around”

  1. Pat Says:

    Mussels at Copa 82!!

  2. John Morris Says:

    Yes, you are right about that, Pat. Coppa 8s is still there and serving those great mussels. If you get back to this area, be my guest there.

    Good to hear from you.

    John Morris

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