Welcome Olive on Main to Main Street [Old Town Laurel]

Main Street has always been a work in progress. With the exception of places like Poist Gas, in existence since 1936, Laurel Meat Market and Napa Auto Parts, few other businesses have opened on the thoroughfare and remained 30, 40 or even 50 plus years. Mom and Pop shops are sadly becoming a thing of the past.

Respective to your age, you can take a stroll down the avenue and imagine storefronts of old. The property at 504 Main St. has had a number of transformations throughout its tenure. Those of you who are part of the baby boomer generation will recall when it was Cordelia's Bakery, a favorite place to get pastries and pies. To every kid who could come up with a nickel, it was a treasure trove of penny candy.

The building was home to a number of efforts after the bakery closed. For more than a few years, it stood as a Something Special coffee shop, operated by several different proprietors including Pat Walsh and Laurie Blitz. Not long ago, locals heralded the arrival of the now defunct Salute Restaurant. It became a favorite dining spot for many, yours truly included. 

The property, now operating as Olive on Main opened its doors last week. The Hishmeh family, Fuad and his sons Christopher and Nadol, have created a welcoming space that can accommodate more than 60 hungry, thirsty customers, during lunch or dinner, seven days a week. The option of dining alfresco will become a reality with the arrival of warmer weather and the opening of the patio. Welcome to Old Town and good luck!

Lakefest 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 at Granville Gude Park. The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. The celebration marks the beginning of recreational boating operations on the lake. Food, games, hayrides, a moon bounce and numerous other activities will round out the family fun day. Special guest costumed characters will be onsite.

Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host a yard sale Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7411 Cherry Lane, rain or shine. If you would like to participate by selling your wares, contact Michelle Healy, Midge724@comcast.net, or Susan Fricke, Blazer1536@aol.com. Tables are $15 each. Subs and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

It was indeed sad news to learn of the death of my old friend, Herb Richards, who suddenly passed away on April 12. The son of former U.S. Ambassador Arthur L. Richards, he was a soft-spoken, affable gentleman. He and his wife, Mary, regular customers at several restaurants local to our area, were rarely seen one without the other.   

My pal, Charlie Kosh, celebrated his birthday April 22. If you are acquainted with my lifelong friend, you know that he always has a ready smile, and is blessed with a good-natured personality.

One last reminder; Laurel's Main Street Festival is happening on Saturday, May 10. The fun starts with a parade at 9 a.m. Make a day of it. See you there! 

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