I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s in Royal Oak and we had a favorite party store we called the “Little Store” around the corner from us. The “Little Store” better known in those days as the D and D Market run by Desi and Don on 4th street between Campbell Road and Stephenson Highway, it is now the 4th Street Stop.
The tiny building was built in the 1920’s and some friends have talked about remembering a time when Anna was the proprietor. Back in my day there was a stripped awning over the front façade and the beer, wine and kraft beer signage advertised Coca Cola.
My friends and I would bike there countless time through our childhood to buy penny candy and other treats which stretched along the long front counter. We made regular visits for Marathon bars, Swedish fish, rabbits feet, Ring Pops, candy necklaces and of course Charlie’s Angels and Battlestar Galactica trading cards. While there is no longer penny candy I do stop in now for my Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.
When I lived near Kimball, now Royal Oak, High School, I sometimes stopped into the Starr Market on 13 mile just west Crooks, seems like it has been there forever.
Another cool old party store that I have never visited but have often driven by is the Late Nite Party Store on Main, just south of Lincoln.
These little gems are slowly disappearing but I’m happy to see Royal Oak still has a few cool little mom and pop markets, tucked into neighborhoods, that have survived.