Look Back @ It: Thayer Street edition

As we transition from #fallfoliage to the cruel reality of a real New England winter, it’s easy to forget that College Hill sheds more than just its leaves every season. Shops and restaurants are constantly opening their doors, followed by a review by yours truly, and continue to exist for a period that ranges anywhere from 1 year to a century. The initial shock that inevitably hits Brunonia when a store is closed, followed by the sweet anticipation of a new franchise, is all part of the emotional rollercoaster that students experience during their time at Brown. Maybe I’m drawing too much from my own personal meltdown when Shades Plus went “out of business,” which for me really reaffirmed that nothing lasts forever.

Thayer Street in particular has witnessed a hefty amount of storefront makeovers, recently bringing a new Sushi Cafe (review to come!) into the old location of the beloved Spats, and spontaneously kicking out City Sports in an eight-day period of “EVERYDAY WE SELL IS BASICALLY FREE.”

After all of its ups and downs, Thayer deserves a post dedicated to its transformation through the years. Thayer Street, you may not realize it because you’re just asphalt, but we’ve known you since you were a baby.

Let’s look back at @ it

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Store 24 to Tedeschi to ???

The only online review of Store 24 is scathing, a direct quote being “You get a dirty feeling just walking into this place.” Tedeschi Food Shops eventually took its place and quickly gained a cult following with its bizarre yet price-friendly selection of goods. Tears were shed when it closed, and its disappearance even inspired a “ghost of Tedeschi” Halloween costume in Fall 2012. Now the storefront next to Chipotle is completely vacant.

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Esta’s to Toledo: Pizza in a Cone to 257 Thayer

The funky atmosphere at Esta’s included a gift shop, video rental business, and bike shop … but unfortunately the demise of video renting in general ended its reign in 2004.

However, Esta’s was soon replaced with Toledo: Pizza in a Cone. Reviews of this place ranged from “Hidden gem!” to “I had the misfortune of downing one of these pizza in a cone’s in January 2011.” Now the area is dominated by the 257 Thayer apartment complex … an arguable downgrade from pizza cones.


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Everyone go to the Bookstore now: Cookies available!

Girl Scout cookies are being sold outside the Brown Bookstore, so we would recommend leaving class immediately stopping by Thayer at some point today to pick up 20  a few boxes of Thin Mints and/or Peanut Butter Patties (which are the two best kinds, no rational person would disagree). It might be smart to buy one or two boxes more than you think you need; first of all, it’s incredibly hard to have less than six just one at a time, and secondly, it is very easy to fight over the last Girl Scout cookie with your roommate/friend/random person in the hallway. Enjoy your drunk eating mid-day snack! Also everyone should read this fascinating FAQ on Girl Scout cookies, mostly for the entertainment of discovering what a frequently asked question on Girl Scout cookies is (yes, “who are the girls on the boxes?” is on there, as well as “wait, are these sustainable?!?!”).

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SPONSORED: The first annual Brown Bookstore Poll!

We love the Brown Bookstore. Over the past few years, we believe it has tailored its selections to our needs and has become creative with its apparel offerings, both in terms of brands (read: Polo) and items (read: those badass blue sweaters with the large “B” on them).

We are very happy to help out the Bookstore evolve even further to meet the ever-changing needs of the Brown community through our First Annual Bookstore Poll!  Responding to this incredibly short survey will help the Bookstore supply you with the Brown swag, gear, and essentials you need as a Brown student… and if that isn’t convincing enough, one lucky respondent will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Bookstore!

Think of this as your opportunity to let the Bookstore tailor its apparel and goodies to your needs. Fill out this survey to help the Bookstore make all of your apparel-filled dreams come true.

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SPONSORED: Family Weekend 2012 Lookbook presented by the Brown Bookstore

Family Weekend is just around the corner, and you know what that means: trips to the Brown Bookstore on your parents’ dime! But this Family Weekend, the Bookstore has more than just the fresh Brown apparel and accessories that you love—they also have the coolest threads for your family members.

That’s right: your parents can return to your hometown donning Brown apparel so that they can ever-so-subtly remind your friends and neighbors that you go here. Not only this, but they can do so while wearing the finest of brand names, including Ralph Lauren, Patagonia, Brooks Brothers, Under Armour, Gear, and Champion. The finest of threads with the name of the finest university plastered across the front? Seems like a win-win: Your family members will be bursting at the seams with Brown pride, and they’ll look extremely stylish in the process.

Be sure to plan a trip to the Bookstore while your parents are in town. Let your family show you off, and let them do so in style. Your parents will be thrilled with the selection.

Getting the bang for your buck (for your book)

Though you may still be trapped under a five-foot snowdrift, school is coming soon. To ease the pain of one of your many readjustment woes, the New York Times has provided a helpful list of all the places to purchase low-cost textbooks. Hint: The Brown Bookstore is not one of them.