Places We Miss in Amarillo – 34th and Georgia
Do you ever just stop and think about certain places that were once open in Amarillo? Places that you wish were still here?
I was searching for something the other day on Google, and when I found the location I was looking for on Google maps and a wave of nostalgia just washed over me.
I was looking up 3320 S Georgia for another article I was writing to see what was at the exact location and it pulled up the new Toot 'n Totum. It's a great place for a convenience store and that particular area of Georgia needed one.
However, the picture that was posted was a keen reminder that Amarillo no longer has a really cool crafters mall.
Do you remember Georgia Street Mall?
It was a place that had just about everything you could possibly need for a gift. If you were in a bind and needed a quick gift for a birthday and didn't know what to buy a person, you would quickly go to the Georgia Street Mall, because they had everything. Needed a gift for a man, they had something, if needed something for a girly girl, they had something. Needed something for a child, they had something. It was the perfect place to shop. Needed anything bath and body? They had it. Oooh, and the candle selection was amazing.
It was even a great place to find all sorts of home decor, anything from wooden furniture to cool metal signs, to even antiques.
Before Georgia Street Mall it was the Crafters Mall, it was Etsy before Etsy existed. Creative people bought a booth in the building and sold their products. The great thing for them, they didn't even have to be in the building to sell it. It was all handled by the cool folks at the Crafters Mall.
After getting stuck on the Georgia Street Mall I moved the map a bit and it took me to the place that was once known as Marty's.
Marty's was the perfect place to get a prime rib. It was the perfect place for drinks and it was the perfect place for a date night.
It was the place to go once you got off work on a Friday, or on a hot date on Saturday Night. The turkey and dressing days on the buffet. Oooh and don't get me started about the Sunday brunch.
Once Marty's closed, Amarillo mourned.
Fernando's moved in and brought us some amazing Mexican food. Two words: Salsa Bar. That salsa bar was amazing and the best thing about Fernando's was the cucumber salsa. Once Fernando's was gone so was that amazing cucumber salsa, never to be found again.
Southpark Pharmacy was another great place right behind the Georgia Street Mall, it was one of those hometown pharmacies. The hometown pharmacy is almost extinct in the world of Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS.
And alas, the original Potato Factory. Although this was a great location, I find myself happy because it relocated 2 minutes from my house.
It's the nostalgia that will get you. I guess that is what good memories will get you.
But if anyone knows where to get that cucumber salsa or the recipe, please let me know.
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