What has happened to our Highland Park Village? There is nothing left there of any use to the residents of Highland Park.
The Tom Thumb grocery store was a hub of activity and attracted people that might browse in the other shops as well. High-end clothing and shoe stores are fine, but you seldom see any great number of people gathered in any of them, and I would suspect that sales are sporadic.
Celebrity Bakery is busy, but I understand they are moving to Oak Lawn. That leaves Deno’s shoe repair — at least they provide a service. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they are not on the way out also.
The Royal Blue Grocery is a joke if it is to replace the grocery store in the Village. The shelves are not stocked with staples. The only thing I could see to buy was deli meat and bread, etc. They boast of tables to drink coffee and chat with friends. Most women don’t do that when they shop.
It seems to me that the “powers that be” maybe have shot themselves in the foot trying to be another “Rodeo Drive.” Bring back the Tom Thumb or a full-service grocery store.
Marguerite A. Pickens