Memories Of “Old” Menlo Park Mall & More

pastby Diane Norek Harrison

EDISON-This is from material given to me for my column and is all from the “old” Menlo Park Mall:

In 1965, Bamberger’s had Chantry Beauty Salon. Their services included a half-price sale in August, a cold wave, plus short hair cut, shampoo and set for $8.75, was regularly priced at $17.50. The gold bond crème wave in their design studio was $14.00, regularly went for $28.00. The style league wave in our American Room was discounted to $8.75, on sale for $17.50. It was located in the upper level of Bamberger’s. The phone number began with LI-9.

Singer sold super checked gingham by Singer-cheerful 100 percent cotton and machine washable. It was 36 inches wide and priced at two yards for $1, regularly 69 cents a yard. They advertised the newest “Touch and Sew” sewing machine that does all kinds of sewing and other new sewing machines from $59.50. Singer’s slogan was “What’s new for tomorrow is at Singer today!”

In 1970, Montgomery Ward was offering a “Teen Charm” course. It was a seven-week course for $15. It included a beauty manual and cosmetic kit. It was directed by Miss Mary Heim. They also offered a “Sugar ‘N Spice Charm” course for junior misses (8-12) and little misses (5-7.) That was a seven-week course for $15 that included “a beautiful work book.” The courses taught good posture, skin care, good grooming table manners, restaurant etiquette, modeling, make-up, good posture, wardrobe care and social graces.

Barbara Streisand’s “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” was playing the week of Sept. 12, 1970 at the Menlo Park Cinema; “Z” started playing on Sept. 16.

The “new” Menlo Park Mall once had Suncoast Video and Spirit of Sports.

In 1965, pediatrician Dr. Donald Kline, announced the opening of his office at the Edison Colonial Village Professional Building on Route 27 and Parsonage Road.

Bonhomtown Food Center on Main Street, Dr. Roman Chrucky, MD, at 100 Menlo Park, room 207, Mr. Vee’s Unisex Beauty Salon and Silver Fox Lounge were some of the businesses in Edison in 1979,

Other businesses through the years in Edison: Benzol Products, Bocchieri Florist and Fruit Basket Center and Nursery on Route 1, Bond Bread Co., Edison Piano Co. on Amboy Avenue, European School of Dance, Huts America, Inc., L’Oreal, RCA and R-Gon Aluminum on Route 1. 

Remember when Roosevelt Care Center was Roosevelt Hospital where they cared for patients with tuberculosis? In 2008, Kiddie Keep Well Camp in Roosevelt Park turned 83 years old. Do you have any memories of sports, activities, sleigh riding or ice skating in Roosevelt Park?

These restaurants were on Route 1, on the border line of Woodbridge and Edison. I’m not sure which town officially claimed them: Bay Street, Bennigan’s, Captain’s Table and White Birch.

My own past material for Edison is limited. What do you remember from the past in Roosevelt/Edison? Please send what you know or have! Planning “spring cleaning” soon? A lot of past material is given to me after an attic, basement, garage, or closet is cleaned out.

If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge, you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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