Desi’s Departs

Desi’s — the latest, long-time incarnation of the even longer-time “general store” at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Railroad Place — is closing.

The Lotto machine is gone. Shelves are not being restocked. An employee says the business is moving to Hartford. The last day is Friday.

Sure, it’s been a while since anyone bought a newspaper there. (Or anywhere.)

Cigarettes are a dying product too.

But there still has to be a market for candy, sodas and batteries, right?

21 responses to “Desi’s Departs

  1. Sad to see the shop close, but, frankly, I was surprised they managed to hang in there as long as they did.

  2. Too small to be a bank though, right? Nail salon for a quick mani/pedi on-the-go??

  3. How about making it a massage parlor? I know a few in Jupiter looking for new space!

    • why not have a massage car on the train?

      • The train idea is a good one, but you’d need two cars because massages last 30 minutes to an hour, so there would only be time for one customer per massage “specialist.” Today I’ll be writing a letter to the owner of the Patriots football team for a donation of 1.6 million to convert two Metro North cars to massage parlors. We ain’t gettin railroaded on this effort! I’ll see this through to “completion.”

  4. Sorry to hear about this. The proprietors are very nice.

  5. Robert Mitchell

    Maybe they could reopen the post office that was there pre-1950.

  6. Arline Gertzoff

    Long live newspapers and those who read them

    • Agree! I love the smell of newsprint, and not only because my Dad used to make the stuff. And ink on the fingers is a sign of an informed citizen.

  7. Baer’s corner store..As a child we stopped there every Sunday morning for newspapers on our way to mass at Assumption Church.

  8. Jill Turner Odice

    Sad ….We used to always stop there to grab snacks for the train …

  9. Walter Merisnicoff? ran it in the 70s. Purple Heart Navy vet from WWII. Had a stand by the stairs and would hand you back your change and jam the folded newspaper under your arm just like in NYC. Great guy 🇺🇸🇺🇸

  10. Walter Merisnicoff? ran it in the 70s. Purple Heart Navy vet from WWII. Had a stand by the stairs and would hand you back your change and jam the folded newspaper under your arm just like in NYC. Great guy 🇺🇸🇺🇸

  11. Half serious, but satellite Starbucks would be welcome and do well.

  12. Sad really

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  13. When it was Bears they had a soda fountain and my dad got ice cream cones for myself and my brother and sister

  14. Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70

    Dan, I may be experiencing dementia but if memory serves me right the Baer family once operated a newsstand in this location. You know, as in Ed Baer the DJ you recently featured.

  15. Absolutely. I mentioned it in the story I posted after he died: https://06880danwoog.com/2019/01/02/remembering-ed-baer/

  16. Sad to see it go. I commuted for years but have never stepped foot in the place. My son got cigars there for SHS Graduation ( a right of passage). I guess the times they are a changing.

  17. Stopped in there probably hundreds of times over the years, sad to see it go.

  18. They were always nice. It is sad to see the passing of small businesses like this, commuter cafe, mario’s , laura barton’s frame shop and others i am sure i am overlooking. Couldn’t live a weekend without brunch and coffee at the cafe with eleanor and paul green or get a train without stopping by desi’s to stock up for the ride. Mario’s with father Bill Craig was practically our dining room for so many nights in the 60s and 70s.

    Wonderful memories of all of these places.
    Thanks, Dan for all that you do to help us cherish and celebrate the people and places that make westport so unique.