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Prepping for my NorthEast Pennsylvania visit to scout places for the Retro Roadmap / Roadside Fans Meetup in Scranton on Sunday 11/14, my trusty NEPA guide Aubrey recommended the Dunmore Candy Kitchen in Dunmore PA. She recounted fond memories from her youth of their home made chocolates, penny candy, ice cream and the regional sundae treat known as a CMP. Who could resist?

Dunmore Candy Kitchen Sign

Open since 1904, current owner Laura Reuther is only the 3rd owner to run this historic establishment in the quiet town of Dunmore, having purchased it just last year from the previous owner who had run the small shop since the 1960’s.

Dunmore Candy Kitchen Dunmore Bargain Store

Known for their home made chocolates and special recipies, Laura spent months training with the previous owner to ensure that she had the correct flavors and processes down pat, and has started adding her own specialties to the menu. I was given a sample of chocolate covered potato chips, and can I just say, yum? Salty sweet and crunchy, right up my snack alley.

Though she’s the new owner she’s got many of the old molds to make the classic chocolates area residents clamor for.

Dunmore Candy Kitchen Chocolate Nittany Lions
(Since I moved to PA I’ve learned that that this ominous looking creature is actually the Nittany Lion, mascot of Penn State!)

The candy counter lines one wall while the ice cream counter runs up the other. I sat on one of the new retro counter stools and ordered Aubrey’s favorite  – a CMP which stands for Chocolate Marshmallow and Peanuts. While it was tasty, I take points off for it being served in a paper cup. With all that vintage goodness around, a couple of glass parfait glasses would add an authentic touch!Dunmore Candy Kitchen Ice Cream Counter

I am always pleased to see a vintage mixer in any ice cream establishment, for some reason I just love that color green.

Dunmore Candy Kitchen Multimixer

I was also taken by the well kept original floor- looks like a mix of mosaic and terrazzo to me. Anyone out there a vintage tile floor expert? Whatever style it is a great combination of vintage colors.

Dunmore Candy Kitchen Mosaic Floor

Hanging towards the back of the store is a vintage advertising calendar from 1940, when the Dunmore Candy Kitchen was celebrating its 36th Anniversary.
Dunmore Candy Kitchen Vintage 1940 Calendar

Sitting at the ice cream counter eating my CMP I was pleased to notice a small but steady stream of customers coming in. Older folks looking for their favorite chocolate covered dates to young boys buying penny candy. The ladies I chatted with behind the candy counter were friendly and more than happy to tell me about the store and candies. Now I can see why this unassuming little place in a quiet little Northeast town has been around for over 100 years. Thanks Aubrey, for the local skinny on this place!

Dunmore Candy Kitchen
206 E Drinker St
Dunmore, PA 18512-2434
(570) 343-0536

You can Like the Dunmore Candy Kitchen on their Facebook page too!

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Thanks to Rick Kilby of Visual Ephemera, who was as amazed as I was to realize we did not have even one Retro Roadmap entry for Georgia. He graciously shared this bit of GA and his history on his blog and has allowed me to repost it- thanks Rick!

When I noticed that fellow blogger Mod Betty’s blog Retro Roadmap had no posts for the neighboring state of Georgia, I felt compelled to write about one of my favorite spots, Tallulah Point, in Northeast Georgia.


“Since 1912, Tallulah Point has been offering the traveling public the only free roadside view of Tallulah Gorge from our covered overlook porch. We also offer an unique gift shop filled with a little bit of everything and a lot you will remember.  An authentic experience!”
Tallulah Point Overlook website

We used to stop there when I was a kid on the way to see our relatives in Clayton and the place has changed very little since then. Basically a gift shop with an observation deck, the Point overlooking Tallulah Gorge has been pulling folks off the highway since 1912.

Tallulah Gorge GA VisualEphemera.com RetroRoadmap.com

When I visit, I can feel the history in the place and my mind races back to childhood. My imagination roams from the days when locomotives brought in fancy tourists from Atlanta, to the feat of daring when Wallenda walked the equivalent of 3 city blocks on a thin wire in 1970. I can think of nothing better to represent the state of Georgia on the Retro Roadmap.

https://midmodmapretroroadmap.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/karlwallenda.jpg?w=195As a kid I remember seeing the cable stretched across the chasm and being amazed that someone would be brave enough to walk across.

The Great Wallenda Tallulah Gorge GA VisualEphemera.com RetroRoadmap.com

And I remember there used to be a train locomotive from Disney’s The Great Locomotive Chase that was filmed nearby. This place captured my imagination and was a symbol that our long drive from Gainesville, Florida was near its end.

Looking at the business today with adult eyes I see the history in the rusty distressed signs still left around the place. The gift shop is pretty well equipped, although the only thing I was tempted to buy on two trips there this year was box of assorted moonpies. The porch still has a great view of the gorge, and a hillbilly to boot, but it seems much smaller than when I was kid.

While the gorge itself is certainly no Grand Canyon it is always a great contrast from the flat Florida topography and a great way to start any trip to the mountains.

Tallulah Gorge GA Vintage Post Card VisualEphemera.com RetroRoadmap.com

The gorge was formed as the Tallulah River eroded rock over millions of years leaving a 1,000 foot gouge in the earth. The first tourist hotel opened in 1840 and a railroad built between the Gorge and Atlanta in 1882 secured the gorge as North Georgia’s first tourist attraction. The town of Tallulah Falls sprang up in 1885 and at one point there were seventeen hotels and boarding houses for visitors to the “Niagara of the South.” Many of those burned down in 1921. The depression put a further hurtin’ on tourism, yet somehow the little business at the edge of the gorge has endured.

Tallulah Point Overlook
940 Tallulah Gorge Scenic Loop
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
(706) 754-4318


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