You Know You're From Bel Air When...

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Many of us were raised in Bel Air and either never left or left and then came back.

When out of town ever have those moments that make you think wow, this makes sense back home. Tell us about them!

How do people, or you for that matter, know that you're from Bel Air? Share your answers in the comment section below!

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Voopsie January 04, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Pappys behind the Mall!! http://www.yorkblog.com/onlyyork/assets_c/2011/04/pappys1-thumb-520x377-22706.jpg http://www.yorkblog.com/onlyyork/assets_c/2011/04/pappys2-thumb-520x377-22709.jpg
Gus Brown January 04, 2012 at 04:21 PM
...when Sarge of BAPD stood at the intersection on Churchville Road and Main St on Friday evenings and because of traffic volume operated the signal by hand for two-way traffic on Main Street. ... when before the lottery took effect you signed up for the draft at the Draft Board office across from Harrison's paint store. ... when the tallest cherry coke you could get was in Richardson's Drug Store. ... when a woman named Susan Avery started modeling loungerie at lunchtime at a restaurant on Bond Street. ... when the Harford County Bar Library was in the !st National Bank building next to the hall which was above the Regal Restaurant in the block where the west side of the "new" Court House is now. ... when the best pool game in town was in the bar called the "Hole" which was below the Red Fox ...
pbcointoss January 04, 2012 at 04:37 PM
You remember the Bel Air July 4th bathtub races.
Larry January 05, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Sausages, burgers, and onions in the front window of the " Candy Kitchen" on Main Street. Hollanders, Lutz"s, Beshore's, Hirsch's, Bata, Boyd and Fulford, Courtland Hardware, being harassed at the Bel Air Theater for having long hair, playing basketball at the Armory on Thursday nights.
Nicole January 05, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Ill probably spell it wrong....but here goes....Finklesteins. place to go for sebagos and tretorns....boooya
cynthia anne testerman January 05, 2012 at 02:14 AM
the "best buy" store was a department store called "best's" with a purposefully crooked building face. there was a Sears pickup station next to it where you could pick up your catalog order. and a restaurant that served food, the best birch beer, and showed old movies. for the life of me, i can't remember that place's name. i think there were peanut shells on the floor, too.
James Shaw January 05, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Oh, one I forgot. You remember Uncle George's before the fire, and would wonder how the Hooters poster survived after the fire.
Joel January 05, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Cynthia, the Sears Catalog store WAS near where Best Buys is now, but the Best Product store was actually about where Joanne Fabrics is. I use to pick up a friend who use to work there. Don't remember the restaurant with the peanut shells unless you're confusing it with the one that was at the Festival (where the wings place is now). Was it the Pappy's mentioned above? ...all in all, great remembrances...
FH John January 05, 2012 at 03:44 PM
you bought your first Brooks Robinson model Rawlings baseball glove from Nevilles Sporting Goods on Main St next to Jim's Barber Shop and had you first draft beer at the Draft Board on Main St where Dark Horse is now.
John Sliger January 06, 2012 at 03:41 AM
And before it was Bel Air Bowl, it was Bob Turley's Bowl. A former Oriole and Yankees (I believe) pitcher.
Beckie January 08, 2012 at 12:09 PM
You know you are from Bel Air, when you had to drive all the way into Fallston, late at night, to be able to buy Epicac for an accidental poisoning. You know you are from Bel Air, when you had to drive either to Harford Memorial Hospital or the Fallston Hospital (with limited treatment abilities) You know you are from Bel Air, when you drive past what used to be the place where your old high school was, and realize that you didnt go to "that" school. (the new Bel Air High School), You know you are from Bel Air, when you could take your young children to the duck pond on Rt 22 and feed the ducks (apparently you aren't allowed to do that anymore)
mark ward February 01, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Cruisin from Ginos to Harvey House on a Friday night.
Karl Schuub February 01, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Blue Bells for crabs...and Palms Pizza was the only place for pizza in town. Walking with your Grandfather for a cherry coke @ Boyd and Fulfords.
Capt Chesapeake March 03, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Bob's Big Boy and K-Mart. Parking AT the Equestrian Center for the Farm Fair because being "shuttled" in from somewhere else was unnecessary. The days before Rt 24 existed. Montgomery Wards Tire and Auto Center. Buying your hunting gear @ Woolworth's, and yes... those cows right in the middle of town.
Capt Chesapeake March 03, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Yes! Awesome game room right there too.
cliffp March 08, 2012 at 02:37 AM
buying matchbox cars from walkers at bel air plaza
Van Harris June 19, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I was six when my family moved to Bel Air. Went to BA Elementary, which was the old high school, which was next to the Board of Ed building, which was the old old high school. Remember farmers coming into town of a Friday night to do their shopping and the occasional gunfight at "The Hole". I moved away in 1987, and judging from Google maps I'd hardly recognize the place. Reading all the posts brought back many fond memories and I'd like to share a few more with your readers. Some of the places that I recall, and that appear in my dreams from time to time are: Beshore's Furniture, Main St Market, Woolworth's, Smithson's Barbershop (all on Main St.), Boom Boom Lester's, the Aberdeen Bakery, the Coachmens Inn and the Surf & Turf on Bond St. The abandoned flour mill on Vale Rd. Suzy Q French fries at Reuben's Drive-In. The Hickory Inn and farther out the State Police outpost at Conowingo Dam. Remember when the county jail was across from Courtland Hardware? The slot car track on Main St. The old Bel Air Academy (on Pennsylvania across from the Odd Fellows lodge). High's Ice Cream, Palm's Pizza and the liquor dispensary (across from the new fire house). The Bel Air Diner (with the bar in the basement). The old barn off of Courtland in Shamrock. The A&P (the "new" one on Rte. 1 and the old one on Thomas and Bond. The Southern States cooperative near the old Ma & Pa station . Kunkels Auto Parts. Learning to swim at Leeswood. Central Consolidated School (in Hickory?).
Van Harris June 19, 2012 at 09:17 PM
And one more. Will anyone besides me admit to remembering, let alone patronizing, The Electric Banana on Main St.? ; ) Aah, the memories, what's left of them!
swmartin January 01, 2013 at 07:56 AM
ToyBarn in Bel Air Plaza
Beckie January 02, 2013 at 03:27 PM
you know you are from Bel Air, when you have witnessed the mass construction of homes and witnessed (sadly) the deforestation of our beautiful trees and forests. they used to call it the Route 24 Envelope. Its more like ........................ (use your own word)
Terry Pezzella January 02, 2013 at 05:35 PM
The Kiddie Shop on Main Street, where they kept toys in the front window for the kids to play with while mom shopped; GC Murphys and the Princess Shop in Bel Air Plaza, Pappy's Beef & Beer and Mammoth Mart in Campus Hills and the old Harford Drive In in Aberdeen that's been replaced with a barrage of hotels and shopping centers and the former Harco Auto Mall. We were also talking about the old Acme in Main Street in Bel Air, where the groceries were loaded in a crate and "rolled" out to you from inside the store on a roller conveyor.
Lisa Nelson-Hatch February 02, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Lisa Nelson-Hatch February 02, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Ralph Klien used to let my MOM run a grocery Tab! Wow those were the days!
Lisa Nelson-Hatch February 02, 2013 at 01:20 AM
I spent many a day at the Candy Kitchen as a Kid, running up and down BelAir Main Street. Eating at Woolworths, Shopping at the drugstore...
mary goodman March 08, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Brandi Roberts March 22, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Peppi's Meat Market, Toy Town, Pete's Cycle on Thomas Street; Orange Bowl, Woolworth's, Korvette's (where Sears is), Turks, Hoschild Kohn, and Western Fries in the Mall, Frank's Pizza, The Hub, The Red Fox, The Strawberry Basket (with Penny Candy) on Main Street. I went to the old Bel Air Elementary (now demolished) which was the old old high school and had Mr. Dilinger & Mr. Hardy for Principal & VP. Back then I was a walker from our small brick rancher on Reed Street. I can't imagine having my kids walk over a mile through town these days.
Oji May 04, 2013 at 10:33 PM
We moved to Tollgate Road in 1948. Washed the car of the owner of Twin Kiss. He made great cold cut sub sandwiches. I went to the then new Central Consolidated School. My Principal was Dr. Percy V. Williams. Bel Air had one Sheriff and one deputy. My mother, Mrs. Louvinia Batson, called the Sheriff to come to our house on Tollgate Road to shoot a snake that was in a tree. We lived next to the Bel Air Race Track. I had a great childhood in Bel Air, Maryland.
Barbara Griest June 14, 2013 at 03:30 AM
does anyone remember a skating rink in Bel Air - not the one out on Route 1 but one located behind Harford Mall?
Debi Fleckenstein June 19, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Barbara - I sure do! We used to go skating there every Friday night. I remember the mall very well and the plaza across the street where cars used to hang out on Fridays near the McDonald's. I grew up in Fallston but you had to drive to Bel Air to shop. So many memories...I drove thru in 2009 and couldn't believe all the changes.
Inthechateau October 14, 2013 at 10:38 AM
You know you are from Belair when: 1. You watched them tear down the boarding house at Tolgate and RT1 and build a Hess Gas station, then worked there on the midnight shift and watched Town, county sherriff and State police cars race to the bottle neck headed out of town. 2. You watched them tear out what was left of the Horse race track and build a mall in its place. And you watched them build the Mall annex behind it. 3. Shopped at Korvetts for the best deals on hunting supplies and got real good deals on long guns and ammo. 4. Got the best Pizza and sandwiches at pappy's. 5. It was safe to ride a bicycle on RT one from Belair all the way to Fallston and back. 6. You attended the Channel 4 CB radio breakfast at the McDonnalds every Saturday morning, and everyone was glad to see you walk in.


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