Was it the waft of aromas from Bretts when the sweet shop was a best seller? Possibly the toffee apples on sale in Lynn Street market.
Maybe it was the smell of freshly baked buns at Balmers or the scent of coffee from John F Knights.
We have 9 suggestions on the smells that you might remember over the years but we want yours as well.
Take a look and tell us more.
1. Fresh coffee at John F Knights
What an aroma and what a great memory. Knights of Hartlepool sticks in the memory because of its aroma of fresh coffee. Do you remember it?
2. Freshly baked buns at Balmer's
What could be better than freshly baked bread or buns from Balmer's in Murray Street. Can you remember the aroma?
3. A bag of sweets from Bretts
Many Hartlepool people still recall the aroma of sweets from the Bretts shop. What was your favourite buy?
4. Loving the smells of Lynn Street
The smell of toffee apples at Lynn Street market was just one of the aromas people might remember from the former shopping venue. You could also get a a penny worth of tripe with salt and vinegar, and pie and peas from Featherstones.