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They say don’t shoot the messenger, so don’t be mad at me or Retro Roadmap Reader Mike Hauer, who was kind enough to update me that the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville, TN is scheduled to close on August 1 because they are unable to pay their rent.

You can read the details here in the article Mike sent me.

We visited the soda shop – which has been open since 1939 – during our short visit to Music City and just had not written about it yet. The Elliston Place Soda Shop is the oldest continually operating (in one location) restaurant in Nashville. Elliston Place Soda Shop Vintage Sign Nashville TNThough we were fit to burst (well, I was anyways) we could not resist the call of the neon ice cream soda and air conditioned comfort. Retro Roadhusband also liked that it was right next door to a music store. Counter Elliston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN

They had your usual lunch counter style fare – award winning burgers, “Fresh Fruit Ades”, milkshakes and more. There was a table of sweet old ladies sitting right next to us who ordered the luncheon special – we ordered some fries and RRH got a chocolate milk shake.

Here’s the ladies enjoying their luncheon…

Ladies Who Lunch at the Elliston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN

And here’s wacky Retro RoadHusband, enjoying his milkshake (and maybe not enjoying my constant photo taking!)
Milkshake Surprise Elliston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN

There was a big juke box in the back of the soda shop, music professionals “talkin shop” at a nearby table and some cool (though not working) table top juke boxes.
Elliston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN  Table Top Juke Box
One of the understandable reasons the Soda Shop is closing is because business is down. Makes sense, as more people are eating at home.

But if we all don’t occasionally go and spend at the cool old places we love so much they won’t be there. And with places like Elliston Place Soda Shop the prices are reasonable, so it won’t break the bank for each of us, but it would make a difference in the long run.

So if you’re going out for a splurge or just a sundae remember, the money you spend locally is really investing in the kind of world you want to live in – small independent cool old places still existing and not being replaced by chains.

Best of luck to the Elliston Place Soda Shop folks, and thanks to Mike for the heads up.

Elliston Place Soda Shop
2111 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-1090 ‎

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When Retro Roadhusband were driving down Route 30 / The Lincoln Highway in Paradise, PA Sunday we were saddened to see that Jacob Zoon Hex Signs store was closed and the property being offered for sale.

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diners-of-pennsylvania-retro-roadmap-blobfest-2011(image courtesy of Kevin Patrick)

Don’t forget – tomorrow Saturday July 9th Retro Roadmap will be representin’ with a booth full of vintage souvenir goodies and a special appearance by Kyle Weaver and Kevin Patrick from Diners of Pennsylvania! Buy your copy and get it autographed, while enjoying a wonderfully fun day in “The Ville”-

Here are the details about Blobfest 2011 – see you tomorrow!

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RetroRoadsis just called me about the sad news that Pago Pago in Milford MA, a tiki destination for almost 40 years, is closing this Saturday.  You can read all about it here at the Milfor Daily News, and here are some photos of Pago Pago from a visit I had in 2009.

Pago Pago

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Yes, it’s true- your favorite “don’t take my picture” hostess has had to emerge from behind the lens- for not one but two exciting magazine features! Oh the things that must be done to get the word out about vintage, retro and cool old places :-)

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First off I have to thank photographer Laura Keen – who not only is an acclaimed photographer, but also lives just a few houses down from the Hacienda (we’re so lucky to live in a cool place where things like this just seem to happen.)

Being a photographer myself I am wicked picky about photos and even moreso pictures of me, and she did a fabulous job. And it was actually kinda fun!

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If you’re ever looking for a photographer for your event or project, contact her and tell her Mod Betty sent you!

Secondly I want to thank Charles of The Fisherman Restaurant in Phoenixville – for graciously allowing us to use their great vintage interior for the photos. (Just thinking of the place makes me hungry for chicken croquettes, mashed potatoes and beets!)

You may see more of these photos in the future (rumor has it it’s good for business to put a face with a name, so I guess I gotta) but in the meantime here are the two projects I’m excited about:

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20 years in the making – and RetroRoadmap will be there! Regular readers may recall our fun visit to the Old Sledworks Antiques in Duncannon PA (and lunch at The Red Rabbit Drive In up the road) and now we’re heading back there for a day of vintage retro fun on Saturday April 30th.
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Saturday, April 30th. 10am-5pm
Outdoor block party including:

Event Co-sponsored by Retro Lovely Magazine. Meet Sleighmate winner Kelly Welsted from Buffalo, NY and watch her photoshoot for Retro Lovely Magazine, the hottest pinup mag on the planet!

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Home of the famous Suzy Q fries (nom) tasty burgers and vintage car nights, Skip’s in Merrimac opens today for the season! Harbinger of spring for sure

Read all about our adventures at Skips here and become a fan of Skip’s on Facebook!

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