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What Rockville Centre Business Do You Miss Most?

Whether it just closed last week or it was your favorite in the fifties, tell us what spot you miss most in Rockville Centre.

(File photo)
(File photo)

Owning a business is a volatile undertaking across the country and in Rockville Centre.

Many shops, restaurants, and other stores have come and gone, unable to survive despite their best efforts, award-winning cuisine, or quality products.

Restaurants have it particularly hard. According toBusinessweek.com, "one in four restaurants close or change ownership within their first year of business," and 60 percent don't make it past year three.

Whether it was your favorite lunch spot that just closed down, your old college hangout bar, or an bike shop you visited as a child, what business from Rockville Centre's past do you miss most? Have you found any adequate replacements for those bygone businesses? 

Tell us in the comments.
Kris Tenn January 16, 2014 at 07:08 AM
Video Vision
Kevin O'Reilly January 16, 2014 at 08:16 AM
The Fortune Teller that used to be on Sunrise Highway!
That RVC guy January 16, 2014 at 08:29 AM
I miss Bernie's candy store on Maple. Not the most up to date, modern convenience store but at least it had a cast of characters playing their numbers and it closed early. Now, its been taken over by middle eastern types who have no connection or concern for the neighborhood; Its now hookah pipe and rolling paper/cigar type enterprise (like a true ghetto bodega) and a haven for druggies and beer buying teens, though I have noticed that RVC's finest now seem to be paying attention to the miscreants that were staking out the place as a "spot" for their foul misdeeds. Thank you to the RVC Police for your presence there.
jack mckeon January 16, 2014 at 09:45 AM
I also miss Bernie (initially Bernie Sr and then his son). I was raised in Baldwin but like most of the kids today, hung out mostly in RVC (that hasn't changed!!). It was a simpler time and I believe people were generally nicer to each other. Not more than 150 years ago, most men carried sidearms and were called cowboys. Very often, the quickest gun was the law. It seems that everything that comes around goes around and that all of life operates on a cycle - the good and the bad. Is it so hard to believe that sometime in the future, a well dressed gentleman wearing a sidearm will hold the door for a lady, tip his hat and say "morning maam" as she passes? The sale of personal firearms and the ownership of indoor ranges are at all time highs, and have turned into very lucrative businesses. I miss Bernie's too, but let me say that the present owners seem like very nice folks who put in tremendous hours, have really cleaned the place up, and seem to be involved, cooperative and doing their best to keep the trouble-makers at a distance. But after all is said and done, I miss Bernie's too (with Charlie Ketler standing out front smoking one of his monster cigars after having his morning coffee). Stay well, Jack Mc.
Jacque Strap January 16, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Pat's penny candy store on the corner of Long Beach and Seaman...10 cent pinball, Mary Jane's, Dots, BB Bats, and Bazooka gum...And if you had enough money, 50 cents would buy you an egg cream!!!


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