Archive for the ‘Vintage Holiday’ Category

When I spied the old fashioned sign for Bayard’s Chocolate House swinging in the brisk breeze I could not help but be swayed off of busy Route 130 and into their packed parking lot in Cinnaminson NJ.
Bayard's Chocolate House

Bayard’s has been providing the Cinnaminson and Cherry Hill area with Valentines day chocolates and candies since 1939, and being the weekend before Valentine’s day, the place was abustle with activity when I entered the Colonial inspired candy house.

Candy House

Though the place was busy I enjoyed taking in the old fashioned candy house decor. Somehow I always thought that New England had a stronghold on the whole Colonial theme, but here it was, on the wonderful vintage wallpaper and curtains. Each room has a different pattern from bicentennial to nautical, all working well together.  While I’m not a huge fan personally of this decorative style (having grown up surrounded by it) I can’t help but feel like I’ve stepped back in time whenever I see it.

Colonial Wallpaper and Curtains

I totally dug the display tables for the chocolates – many of them colonial style dining tables with glass shelves held up with brass candlesticks. This gave 2 levels – one for  the quickly emptying chocolate trays below and the other for pre-packaged candy boxes and gifts above. Once I was there for a few minutes and decided what I wanted, I realized I needed to get a number to ensure I would be waited on in a timely manner.

Take A Number with the Takacheck(I’m not sure if the “TakACheck” is used all the time but just in case, look for it near the entrance – I walked right past this groovy old machine. I LOVED the satisfying KA-CHUNK it made when I pressed the red bar for my ticket!)

Once my number was called I was delighted when I was told I could buy an empty box and have them fill it with whatever I wanted. As they would say in the record biz, “All killer, no filler! It being 2 days before V-Day they had a wide assortment of heart shaped boxes just waiting to be filled with sweets, for sweethearts everywhere.

Be My Valentine Heart Shaped Candy Box

The candies at Bayard’s are all made using fresh ingredients and ran the gamut from creams to jellies to crunchy centeres, all milk or dark covered. The chocolate covered pretzels appeared to be a big hit, and I was sorely tempted by their chocolate covered marshmallows. Knowing what RetroRoadhusband likes, however, I made sure to get plenty of chocolate nonpariels.
Chocolate Nonpariels

(And, knowing that I’d most likely help him polish off that box of candies, I made sure some of my faves were in there too. :-)

Service was efficient and friendly despite the crowds,  and I was pleased to see folks lining the walls of this local confectionary waiting their turn, instead of buying a pre-made, Lord-knows-how-old box of candies at a chain store. Trust me guys, your Valentine will spot the difference a mile away!

Don’t worry about missing your Valentine treats here this year…Easter is on April 24. Can’t wait to stop by and check out their chocolate bunnies!

Bayard’s Chocolate House
904 Route 130 N
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077-3318
(856) 829-5195

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How exciting to come home from a long day at work and find a HUGE box from Fedex waiting for me! I carefully opened the box full of peanuts to find a wonderful wreath, hand crafted out of vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations from Suzy at GeorgiaPeachez! This is just PERFECT for the Hacienda:

Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath from GeorgiaPeachez

Here’s an example of the “Kitschmas” in the Hacienda Holiday Decor so you see I don’t just like cool old places, but cool old STUFF too!

Kitschmas Decor at The Hacienda Christmas 2010

I had heard about Suzy’s wreaths over at Pam Keuber’s retro-centric home blog RetroRenovation.com and just loved the idea that someone could make something so attractive and charming out of those old Christmas ornaments that no longer hang on the tree. I wasn’t able to order a wreath in time for this past holiday season, but Suzy let me know when she was adding some to her Artfire shop. It was tough choosing between the ones she created, but I thought the whimsical characters on this one fit right into my Kitschmas theme during the holidays:

Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath from GeorgiaPeachez Pipe Cleaner Guy

Being a creative type I thought long and hard about ordering a wreath from Suzy, as a good chunk of my brain was saying. “I could make that-!” – and I actually have picked up a few bags of lonesome old ornaments at thrift stores for just such a project. But then I was really honest with myself: Part of me would like to be a crafty person (if I’d just sit still long enough to craft something), but in reality I’d rather hit the road and do some exploring and photographing, searching for RetroRoadmap worthy stuff to share! And what better way to give someone like Suzy a thumbs up for doing such a good job being crafty, than to support her by buying her wares? Done deal.

Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath from GeorgiaPeachez Drummer Boy

If you’re interested in a wreath of her own, here’s a link to Suzy’s / GeorgiaPeachez’s Etsy shop – she also makes some really cute dioramas out of old ornament boxes as well. Tuck away this idea for next holiday season, or get a jump on it like I did! You’ll be amazed at the level of detail and amount of ornaments on your wreath.

Thanks Suzy, for a cool wreath and for freeing up my creative time to spend more time doing what I love – RetroRoadmapping!

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I was told recently that ribbon candy – a staple in the Christmas candy dish of grandmas everywhere, was invented in Brockton MA – near where my RetroRoadsister and her fam live. A big holiday thanks goes out to Retro Roadmap Reader and blogger in her own right, Miss Cherry Bubbles of Past Life Vintage for letting me know that it still is being made by one of my fave candy shops – Hilliard’s Candy, located just next door to Brockton, in Easton MA.

Here’s a sneak peek into how Hilliards make -by hand and by wacky crimping machine-  this wonderful looking sweet treat:

I love how their ribbon candy has that satiny ribbon glow to it – I’ve seen other ribbon candy that looks more opaque, but this one reminds me of the Christmas candy of my childhood.

Speaking of Christmas candy – here’s Hilliards making some Peppermint Bark, using their own candy canes (and a mallet!). Yum! Hilliard’s is famous for their chocolate as well as their hard candies so you know this is going to be delish.

Family owned and operated since 1924, Hilliard’s is one of my fave places to visit year ’round with the Retro Roadkids – in the summer they have homemade ice cream made with their candy toppings – including their real chocolate jimmies or sprinkles to you non-New Englanders! I’ll have to snap a few photos next time I’m up there (when it’s warm enough to eat ice cream again!). They have 3 locations but my fave is the one in Easton, right near the RetroRoadfam!

Hilliard’s Candy
316 Main Street
North Easton, MA 02356-1107
(508) 238-6231

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If you’re in the mood for some vintage toy and retro Christmas holiday gift giving and decorations, poke your head into Toy Town Antiques in Berlin MD, where a buncha vintage Santa Clauses will greet you!

Buncha Santa Claus ez
RetroRoadhusband and I were in charming downtown Berlin this fall and when I happened upon Toy Town Antiques I knew it would be a place to share with Retro Roadmap readers during the holiday season.

Toy Town Berlin, MD

The small shop presents a wonderfully organized and preserved collection of antique and vintage toys, with something for almost everyone! There are dolls, trucks, and everything in between:

Antique Toys

This Plasticville Diner would make a great gift for the roadside fan in your life:

Plasticville Diner

Or how about this vintage Service Station…
Vintage Toy Service Station

For your vintage car model?!

Collectible Cars

Maybe there’s a little cook in your life who would appreciate these antique toy kitchen utensils?

Vintage Kids Kitchen Set

And if you’re into Coke memorabilia or vintage signs in general, there are some nice pieces hanging in the doorway.

Beverage Beauty

I was thrilled to see a Peanuts lunchbox just like the one I had as a kid, and remembered all of the scenes with Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the gang.

Peanuts Lunch Box

Speaking of peanuts – this little peanut machine would look just darling in the Hacienda, don’t you think?

Fresh Peanuts

Remember to shop local and vintage this season- independent retailers everywhere will thank you!

Toy Town Antiques & More
110 N. Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
(410) 641-9370

Closed Mondays

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Here’s our list of our fave vintage, old fashioned and traditional places in the Philadelphia area during the holiday season. Click on the links to read more about these timeless treats, see additional photos, and learn how to get to these wondrous places courtesy of the RetroRoadmap archive!

The Wanamaker Organ Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Department Store, Philadelphia PA

Meet Me At The Eagle

Strawbridge & Clothier’s Dickens Christmas Village at Macy’s Department Store, Philadelphia PA

Fezziwig's Party

Fireside drinks and dining at McGillan’s Old Ale House, Philadelphia PA

I'll Have A Flaming Rum Punch!

Christmas Lights Galore at Koziar’s Christmas Village, Bernville PA

Christmas Barn in Bernville

Clear Toy Candy from Franklin Fountain, Philadelphia PA

Holiday Movies on the Big Screen at The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA

The Colonial Christmas

Old Fashioned Downtown Holiday Shopping at Sine’s 5 & 10 Quakertown, PA
5 & 10 HorizontalWhat is missing from the list? Let me know! As you can guess, Bethlehem PA is a big destination this time of year and a RetroRoadmap Reader reminded me of the National Christmas Center in Paradise PA, so I think I know where I’ll be heading this coming weekend!

What retro / vintage holiday traditional places do you go in your neck of the woods?

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I think I’m still a little sad about yesterday’s post regarding old theatres that don’t make it, so here’s some holiday cheer coming from my local historic movie theater The Colonial Theatre in downtown Phoenixville, PA. Christmas movies and holiday music – live and on the big screen!

The Colonial Christmas

Here are some of the holiday films and events coming up at The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA  this December!

City Rhythm Orchestra Holiday Style –  Sun Dec 5th 7:30pm

The 15-piece City Rhythm Orchestra presents Holiday Style, a big band concert that’s a perfect way to start the yuletide season!

City Rhythm Orchestra

A Christmas Story – Sat, Dec 11, 2:00 pm
A Christmas Story grasps the full scope of childhood injustice and obsession. A BB Gun! A Leg Lamp! You name it, they want it!

A Christmas Story Colonial Theatre Phoenixville PA

The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley Holiday Musical Extravaganza -Sun, Dec 12, 2:00 pmJoin TOSDV on the second of four shakedown cruises of the Colonial’s Wurlitzer 3/24 Opus 585. The concert will feature members of the TOSDV family performing holiday and seasonal favorites, along with a special holiday silent movie.

TOSDV Organ Concert Colonial Theatre Phoenixville PA

It’s a Wonderful Life Sun, Dec 19, 2:00 pm
Not a big success at the time of its release, it’s gone on to become one of the most popular movies ever made. One of Mod Betty’s favorite Phoenixville holiday traditions is seeing this on the big screen!

White Christmas Sun, Dec 26, 2:00 pm
“White Christmas” is a cracking musical….warm, sweet, and perfect for wasting a winter afternoon.”

Now that’s better! Fun stuff to look forward to!

The Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge St
Phoenixville, PA 19460

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Who can resist a timeless Christmas classic movie on the big screen, to get in that holiday mood? This Tuesday 11/30 The Roxy Theatre in Northampton PA is showing the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street, starring a wee Natalie Wood and my fave Maureen O’Hara. And it’s FREE with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Northampton Food Bank.


I came to this movie late in my life, but can’t resist the story of a jaded little girl who just might start to believe in Christmas, with the help of an eccentric old man (Santa? See the movie and find out!)

If you want to check out the beautiful Roxy this is the time to do it,  as the theatre will be closed from Dec. 1st – 24th while they refinish the auditorium floor, install new seats and carpeting, and finish interior painting. They will reopen on Dec. 25th, Christmas day.

This show is presented by The Northampton Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

The show is at 7:30 PM
Doors open 7:00 PM

Roxy Theatre – Miracle on 34th Street 11/30
2004 Main St
Northampton, PA 18067-1314
(610) 262-7699

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It’s that time of year again, and RetroRoadmap will be your source for all sorts of cool vintage and retro places to go and gifts to buy for the holiday season!

Christmas Tree At The Fisherman

I’ve got a few new old places I’ll be sharing with you readers, but in the meantime don’t forget to search the archives for places near you to visit and shop at.

Buy gift certificates to your favorite local independent restaurant as gifts and introduce friends and co-workers to the wonders of diners and ice cream parlors!

Become a member of your local independent movie house, or buy gift certificates to there for the neighbors, mailman, et al. We just renewed our membership at The Colonial Theatre and it’s a great feeling to know you support something that gives pleasure to so many!

The Colonial Christmas

Visit your local 5&10 and buy some toys for the kids or something handy from their hardware department!

National 5 & 10 Newark DE(I’m heading here today to pick up a plastic cover for my sister’s dining table, and some odds and ends for the RetroRoadkids!)

Support your fellow fans of roadside related fun and buy a tee shir or print from Jeff and Kelly – the cool couple who are Vintage Roadside!


Pick up a diner guide from roadsidefan Kyle Weaver at Stackpole books!

Head out to your local antique, thrift, or junque store and do the best kind of recycling there is – unearthing treasures from a lost era and giving them a loving home. I’m off to do that today, to pick up a little something for my RetroRoadmum!

So while this can be the time to be overwhelmed with the barrage of messages imploring you to buy the latest electronic device or  overconsume in a big box store, remember there are independent mom and pop businesses out there who need our support at this time more than ever. Be a good elf, and buy from the small guy!
Christmas Elf

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If I wasn’t so busy getting ready to go on vacation with RetroRoadhusband, today looks like a perfect summer Saturday to jump in the RetroMobile and head to Knoebles Amusement park, nestled in the hills near Elysburg, PA. We went there 2 summers ago with the Retro Roadkids and their parents and I just could not let this summer go by without strongly encouraging you to go to this wonderful almost historic amusement park.

You Are Here

The Wikipedia page for Knoebles Amusement Resort sums up all the good stuff nicely when it notes “Knoebels Amusement Resort is a family-owned and -operated amusement park, picnic grove and campground, located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1926, the park has more than 50 rides, free admission, two wooden roller coasters, a 1913 carousel and a haunted house dark ride that was featured on the Discovery Channel.”

One of the many great things I loved about this park was the free admission policy, as I am not as into riding the rides as I once was, so I don’t have to pay for a wrist band I’ll never use! This make the park a great place for extended families, and we saw many reunions and parties setting up in the picnic grove as we walked from our free parking into the park.

Once we got in I was thrilled with the amount of vintage signs, buildings and rides, all well kept and looking great surrounded by the welcomed shade trees.


The Loaf

Another wonderful thing that made Knoebels stand out in my mind was their food offerings- not just typical fried food, but more varied and healthy options from their cafeteria, full service restaurant The Alamo and even gluten free menu options- check out this link to see the menus, so many options! . Just pick up your tray from the pile, and get in line!

Lunch Trays

They also have one of my favorite amusement park snacks – cotton candy, or as this great vintage neon sign calls it – Candy Floss!

Candy Floss

And they’ve even got some old fashioned treats like birch beer and ice cream waffles, served under some wonderful vintage structures:

Ice Cream Waffles


A couple of more wonderful things about this place – before I get myself really wanting to head there! For the roller coaster fans they’ve got 4 roller coasters, one of which is the Phoenix which is a wooden coaster originally built in 1947 for Playland Park in San Antonio, Texas. While that coaster is the first one RetroRoadGirl rode, I was more happy with the sedate pace of the classic carousel, complete with brass rings. RetroRoadgirl seemed to like that part too.

Grab The Brass Ring

This carousel was built in 1913 and still uses original organs – not recordings – to play that classic carousel accompaniment!

There is a great kiddie area in the park, with rides for the small kids, and don’t worry they still have many modern rides for those more adventurous types. I can tell I’m getting old when I realize I’d rather tell folks about the Anthracite Museum located in the park, which gives a history of coal mining in the area, and also houses a great selection of memorabilia from Knoebels past, like this great sign:

Sady Hawkins Day

I really loved the dining area – perfect for parties- that was shaped like a giant birthday cake, replete with candles atop and being held aloft by peppermint sticks. So wonderfully old timey, I wanted to have my birthday celebration right there.

Best Birthday Cake

And they even have that classic game Fascination that I totally remember from Nantasket Beach (I wonder if that’s still there?). There’s also skeeball, my favorite sport!

The Knoebels website does a great job of showing all of their rides, attractions, foods, camping areas, pools and more, and once you see all the place has to offer, you’ll be putting this place on your list of summer must visit attractions too. I’m posting this early on a Saturday morning, get out there and go!

Knoebels Amusement Park
391 Knoebels Blvd Exd
Elysburg, PA 17824
(570) 672-2572

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Hey kids, wanna go walk across a bridge, look at some holes in a rock and buy something at the drug store? You can do all that in Shelburne Falls, MA but trust me, it’s a lot cooler than it sounds!

I’ve had the Bridge of Flowers on my list of places to check out for years, and when we finally made it there one sunny day a few weeks back it did not disappoint. This charming hand made slate sign sums up the allure:

A 400 foot 5 arch span, was originally a trolley railway. When abandoned in 1929 it was converted into a pathway of flowers.

The Bridge of Flowers

I’m not sure the Retro Roadkids were as charmed as Roadsis and I were, but who cannot like smelling pretty flowers on a warm sunny day?

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Just “bee” careful or you might get a poke in the nose!

Bee Careful

They even have benches for sitting in the shade of the trees that have grown on the bridge through the years. Set a spell, look at the water with the sunlight dancing upon it, surrounded by flowers? Swoon!

Set a Spell

Once we crossed the river into town we didn’t quite know what to expect, but the outside of the Baker Pharmacy looked promising, with it’s cheery striped awning and vintage painted advertisements. We were later to learn that it is one of the oldest drug stores in Western MA.

Coke and Drugs

The inside was a totally unexpected find, with an original soda fountain in the front (remodeled in the 1950’s), vintage prescription counter in the back and “penny” candy for the kiddies.

The Soda Bar

While the Bridge of Flowers was the main reason we came into town, we saw signs for the Ancient Glacial Potholes over on the other side of the street, so we moseyed over to see what those were all about. Who knew Mass was famous for their potholes for so long- talk about Retro! ;-)

Geological Wonder

Potholes were ground out of granite during high water of the glacial age by whirlpool action of water and gyrating stones of varied sizes. Some of the grinding millstones may still be seen in the smaller potholes.

Over 50 such potholes exist in this confined area know in Indian Days as “Salmon Falls”.

These Potholes vary in size from 6 inches to 39 feet in diameter, the latter being the worlds largest pothole of record.

Glacial Potholes

We also read that up until a few years ago you were able to swim and sun at the Falls, which must’ve been great fun.

Shelburne FallsThere were little mom and pop shops to poke around in and a number of places to grab a bite to eat, or  a sweet treat. If you’re in the area and want to get off the beaten path, enjoy the small town charm, natural and man-made wonders of Shelburne Falls, MA!

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

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