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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

When The Goonies Went to the Store . . .

Goonies' Store, Astoria, OregonWhen The Goonies went to the store, this is where they went. It's just around the corner from their house, which I'll show another time. Signs had been changed to make this building into a grocery store, and I don't know what they did about the unsightly wires and poles, which are a plague for anyone trying to capture this otherwise-photogenic town.

The sign says 37th Street and Lief Erikson Drive. Leif Erikson Drive is an Extension of Marine Drive and is also Highway 30. It's the main drag through Astoria going along the Columbia River. It's also called East Columbia River Highway on some maps, although I've never heard anyone use that name.

Goonies' Store, Astoria, Oregon I tripped over a plant and landed hard on the sidewalk while backing up to get this angle, so I hope any Goonies fans will appreciate the photo. I'm not feeling very charitable towards this location right now, although I like the blue sky.
Addendum: With bruises and sore muscles healing, I can enjoy this photo again. I also want to thank Gayle and Peggy for helping with info. Peggy verified that this is the location used for the store in the movie (I wasn't 100% sure), and Gayle added in a comment: "Sheryl - 'in the day' this was, in fact, a small neighborhood grocery store. Lovvold's Grocery." Thanks to you both!

Street sign with Leif spelled 'Lief' This street sign shows one local spelling of Leif Erikson's name. I wonder what happened?

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12 comments:

Gayle said...

Sheryl - "in the day" this was, in fact, a small neighborhood grocery store. Lovvold's Grocery.

cieldequimper said...

Is it really called Lief? Over here, we spell it Leif!

Clytie said...

I loved that movie! I haven't seen it in years, I think I may have to go find it again ... I will definitely take better note of the store. Though I remember it from the movie, it's only just barely.

tessa said...

I and my husband were living in Astoria while this and Short Circuit were being filmed. Saw the kids around town, they were pretty normal acting kids. He and I both served them in our restaurant jobs back in the day when we were going to Harvard on the Hill. :-)

Laughing Boy said...

I love The Goonies! As soon as I saw the title of your entry I got excited, I actually joined your photo blog because of how beautiful Astoria was in the movie. As a Goonie fan, I definitely appreciated the photos. :]

Jacob said...

Another very interesting post. Astoria is a lot more famous than I ever knew! Sorry you fell! I experienced a very severe fall on the tennis courts a couple of weeks ago...still feel the after effects. Not much fun at all!

Lee Spangler said...

The people that own it now are great and they roast excellent coffee

Don and Krise said...

Wow, sorry about you taking a spill while shooting this one. I hope the bruises don't last too long. I love these old corner stores. Let's hope this building is around for a long long time.

Mary Ann said...

It's so great to know a bit of the history of a place. Thanks for sharing.

Oh, and as for wires cluttering up a picture, I have no choice but to embrace that here in Beirut. Just goes with the territory.

VP said...

Not a Goonies fan (I saw that too many times when my son was a kid) but it always interesting to see a location of a movie.

B SQUARED said...

They might have spelled it 'leaf,' and made everybody mad.

Midnight Mike said...

We used to sneak down there when I was in junior high at Astor in 1964-67. We used to buy fruit pies, snowballs, Pepsi's and candy from Howard Lovvold who owned it.

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