Do You Remember What Businesses Inhabited this Building?

This week's location to get your wheels turning is a vacant building located on Main Street in Warren.

Businesses come and go in every state and town. But how far back can you remember?

Today, the building that sits at 840 Main St., (located accross the street from ) in Warren is vacant. The parking lot has been empty for about a year, and the brush is beginning to become overgrown. But think further back and try to remember what businesses inhabited this location that you may have frequented in past decades.

Post your memories in the comments section below. This week, in addition to your memories, tell us what type of new business you think should move in to this vacant property.

Karen October 17, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Jade Tree restaurant, Warren,RI
Pat DAlessio October 17, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Before Jade Tree it was another name. I think Near East or something.
John Damaso October 17, 2011 at 02:52 PM
When I was a child, I think it was an ice cream place...Hope Creamery. My grandfather worked there.
Jared October 17, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Would be a good location for a YMCA
Loretta Ranieri October 17, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Originally it was the Hope Creamery.
Giordano Bruno October 18, 2011 at 01:14 PM
I seem to remember the doors being on Main Street when it was Hope Creamery. Is that correct or am I thinking of someplace else?
John Doe October 18, 2011 at 02:05 PM
I only remember it as the Jade Tree. I think it would be a great location for Warren Family Practice to move to. Larger lot, more room for newer equipment, can have more doctors.
Denny Souza October 18, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Denny Souza The doors were on the main street, there were about 10 booths in the dining area. The service windows were on the paring lot side.
Denny Souza October 18, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Correction: Parking
Diane Luzar October 18, 2011 at 02:50 PM
We lived on Beach Street (right across the street) when we were kids and would walk up to the Hope Creamery every night for a coffee ice cream cone. They had the best seafood plate around. The booths were great because you could pick out the records you wanted to hear.
fran bettencourt October 18, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Hope creamery...used to ride bike from Bristol down Half Mile Hill (which I now live at top of)...had to walk bike back....!!!
Lynn M. Sevigny October 20, 2011 at 02:54 AM
Yes! It was HOPE Creamery in the 60's...Carla and I lived on Dyer St., and ONCE we "snuck" over there for a 5¢ tin dish of chocolate ice cream - There was a "horse machine" there too, that you could ride if you had a quarter...like the one in Barrington at Ben Franklin's. Later the "Far East," then in 1970, Mr. Chen bought and renamed "Jade Tree." Main Street is Memory Lane. I hope this land regroups SOON-It, and the Fore'n Aft had a prime space!
Dorianne Girard June 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
It was the Far East Restaurant in the mid 70's.
Anne M. DiMaio November 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Yes Everyone is remembering the Hope Creamery correctly. You see I have the most vivid memories because I am the granddaughter and daughter of the owners of the Hope Creamery. The ice cream that was served there was made in my great grandfathers ice cream factory in Providence. I lived with my parents in the original apartment above the Creamery until I was three years old and my brother was born. The only thing my mother can not remember is the original owner's name before our family. So glad everyone has as special memories as my family does.


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