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We just happened to be walking down Fourth Avenue during our whirlwind stop in Louisville, KY and were delighted to see these vintage theatre marquees:

The Palace Theatre Louisville KY


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Ever been someplace so cool, so inspiring, so overwhelmingly awesome, that you knew your description of it would never adequately convey the sheer fabulosity of it? Well that’s why I have waited so long to try and write about The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH. The museum, and founder Tod Swormstedt are just too cool for words, but I’ll try.

However lacking my prose may be – the short version is, you must visit this place!

Vintage Neon Signs(Here’s a link to our earlier post with our video sneak peek of The American Sign Museum
where you can see the above signs all flashing and animated!)

Opened in Spring 2005, and a a not-for-profit 501(C) (3) corporation,the American Sign Museum’s mission is: (more…)

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I’m getting a bit jazzed up for a retro roadtrip and am “wicked psyched” at how many fun vintage and retro inspired events happening- the latest is Surf Ohio FesTiki 2010 – held in Dayton OH on Saturday August 14.

Aloha! Mark your calendar for Surf Ohio FesTiki 2010, the second annual celebration of classic surf, tiki and hot rod culture in Dayton, Ohio.


Catch the big wave of family fun on Saturday, Aug. 14, at historic Old River Park — Dayton’s “vintage playground,” featuring a 1.5-mile scenic lagoon.

Take an exotic trip back to America’s “Polynesian Pop” era of the 1950s and ’60s with six surf, rockabilly and Hawaiian music bands on the FesTiki stage!

Thrill to the captivating rhythms of hula and fire dancers!

Watch tiki carvers transform wooden logs into strange and frightening idols!

Marvel at the gleaming chrome of classic pre-1970 hot rods!

Gaze at the astonishing retro treasures in the vendors’ marketplace!

Surf Ohio FesTiki is a production of Surf Ohio and the Fraternal Order of Moai. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the world’s waves and beaches.

Click here to read more about Surf Ohio FesTiki 2 a surf-tastic Retro Inspired Event!

Here’s where it is on the Retro Roadmap!

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I read about Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl of Zanesville Ohio on Rick Sebak’s* blog and he was kind enough to allow me to share this great vintage ice cream parlor with Retro Roadmap Readers.

Rick writes:

I think it’s silly to drive from Pittsburgh to Columbus or vice versa without stopping in Zanesville OH at Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl. It’s been a family tradition now for nearly twenty years since this guy at work, Bob Meek, insisted that I stop. He kept telling me it was like the Fifties, and I thought he meant fake nostalgic Fifties, all James Dean-y and Marilyn Monroe-ish, and I didn’t bother, but then one day I did take the Maple Avenue exit off I-70 and found the place.

It’s astounding. A time machine. It transports you to what-I-want-to-call the Forties. It’s untouched, unchanged. A piece of another era that you can step into and get ice cream and really good roasted nuts.

So we stop. Bob and Glenn are impressed. It is a magical place where they put the names of the seasonal flavors of homemade ice cream on paper cards and post them high on the one wall.

Glenn gets eggnog. I get rum raisin. (Those are seasonal holiday flavors.) Bob gets black raspberry, a year round flavor that’s listed inside the wooden cabinet in the corner of the room behind the nut-and-candy cases. These are “single-scoop” dishes. Big single scoops. The sundaes overflow the bowls they come in.

toms-ice-cream-bowl-zanesville-oh-scoops-rick-sebak-retro-roadmap(Back in 1996 when we made “An Ice Cream Show” for PBS and CPB, I always thought I’d include Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl, but we ran out of time and travel money in our budget.  Still I mentioned this beautiful little place when I gave a list of great ice cream places to USA TODAY back then.)

If you’re ever near Zanesville, stop.

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl
532 McIntire
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
(740) 452-5267

See how to get to Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl on The Official Retro Roadmap!

*WQED producer and host of such gems as “Pennsylvania Diners and Other Restaurants” and “Great Old Amusement Parks to just name two, Rick is an inspiration for those of us who love vintage roadside delights! Don’t forget to check the annex of the WQED shop devoted completely to DVDs of Rick’s road shows – they make perfect gifts this holiday season!

Tom's Ice Cream Bowl on Urbanspoon

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