Ice Cream and Cookies Land — then and now

| July 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

When I was growing up in Windsor Square in the 1950s and 1960s, you could get ice cream in the Larchmont shopping block at Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors. In my years living here, the Baskin-Robbins store was in two different locations, one on each side of the Boulevard. (We also could get donuts at Winchell’s, now the Coldwell Banker Realty office on the southwest corner of Beverly Boulevard.)

The specialty bakery where we would obtain fresh bread and cookies was Van de Kamp’s, located where Terroni restaurant soon will replace Vernetti.

Today, you can buy an ice cream cone or cup of ice cream at any of four locations in that block on Larchmont, and you can get cookies and cakes at three, soon to be four, bakeries, including the latest one with a seemingly endless line of cookie purchasers.

Of course, in days gone by, one also could buy fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and other groceries daily at numerous stores on Larchmont, including at Balzer’s / Jurgensen’s and at the small Safeway located where Rite Aid is today.

Is what we have now “progress”?

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