STOKERS COFFEE LOUNGE AND PANCAKE PARLOUR
1033 Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe
An institution for pancakes in Ivanhoe since 1977, the oh-so-retro Stokers closed its doors in June after the land on which it sat on was sold to Quest Apartments.
The rusted van with the faded-paint 1956 Olympic rings dispensed its last hot jam doughnut in June. As part of the station precinct revitalisation project, the business is now a kiosk.
PLATYPUS CRICKET BALLS
365 Plenty Road, Preston
A much-loved (and not just by the cricketing community) family business whose still-standing period-brick warehouse, dating back to the 1930s, shut up shop in 2012.