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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.

jacob zook hex sign store closed realtor information

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Regular readers will know of our love of The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville PA – this time of year especially, with Blobfest – the kitschy fun homage to that gelatinous mass that put The Colonial on the moviegoing map, all the way back in 1958.

This year we decided to put our money where our mouth is and sponsor a table at Blobfest to add to the festivities with a table full of vintage souvenirs for sale, and Diners of Pennsylvania book signing!

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Yes, that’s right – I’m honored to play Retro RoadHostess to Kyle Weaver and Kevin Patrick -two of the 3 gents responsible for the great resource book Diners of Pennsylvania second edition. They will be selling and signing copies of Diners of PA at the Retro Roadmap booth from 12-4pm.

They will also be telling the history of the diner(s) that appeared in The Blob – so stop on by!

While they’re doing their diner thing I will be spreading the good word about Retro Roadmap as well as selling and sharing some of my vintage vacation souvenirs – vacation plates, snow globes, pennants, we’ll see what’s in the collection!

Snow Domes in Storage Retro Roadmap.com Mod Betty

I would be neglecting my duties as a citizen of Phoenixville if I didn’t share our famous Retro Roadmap Blobfest Map – including sites from the movie and local landmarks to check out:

And day wouldn’t be complete without a showing of The Blob at 2pm – this year I’m proud to say that our own Retro Roadmap fave local photographer Laura Keen Photography is sponsoring the movie showing (you may remember she took some fun photos of yours truly a few months back – what fun!) – check The Colonial’s schedule for other showing times and double features.

Who doesn’t love the famous “Running Out” scene from The Blob – with The Colonial Theatre making her glorious screen debut!


(Yes, we know this version is en Espanol, but screams are universal :-))

And finally, here’s some handy Blobfest Street Fair Information:

Hosted by Hot Rod Scott & Professor Ouch of The Roots Rockabilly Roadhouse on  WPRB 103.3FM

Special guests The Violators Motor Club

Live music by The Buzzards

There will be plenty of fun stuff to do and see including:

John’s Old School New Skool Barber Shop

– Fire Extinguisher Parade

– Costume contest

– Facade contest

– Street food

– Vintage vendors

– Classic cars

– And More!

Read all about Blobfest here on the Colonial Theatre page or visit the Blobfest Facebook Page to become a fan. Is this going to be a wicked fun day or what?!

Blobfest Saturday July 9, 2011
Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA

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Come check out all the cool stuff happening at the Old Sledworks Sled Fest in Duncannon PA this Saturday – RetroRoadhusband and I will be there, and a whole bunch more Retro Roadpals are planning on attending as well!

Duncannon Lightning Glider Sled Factory

I’m psyched to see some old and new Retro Roadfriends there – Wendy Vee from Roadside Wonders, Spencer Stewart the Diner Hunter, photographer Michael Stewart, and fellow FOW and diner fan Kyle Weaver (who will be signing copies of the new edition of Diners of Pennsylvania!

You can read all about the Sledfest event here on our post (vintage cars, flea market, collectibles, pin-up photography, live music- yowza!)

We’ll be there on the early side as RetroRoadhusband has a gig in NJ that night, so we’re getting there early-  we’ll be having fun and doing some vintage retro shopping but if you see us please say hi!

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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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When looking for live entertainment we’re kinda lucky in the Philadelphia area to have a few vintage venues to choose from, and The Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA is at the top of the list! It’s a great place to see live music and shows of all kinds.

Keswick Theatre Neon Sign

RetroRoadhusband and I were lucky enough to see Herb Alpert and Lani Hall there a few weeks ago – a class act in a class environment for sure. (more…)

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We were in Ardmore, PA the other night so RetroRoadhusband and I  decided to see what the Chung Sing restauarant AKA “diner that is actually a Chinese restaurant” was all about. Since we needed to grab a bite to eat it seemed like a perfect excuse for a little RetroRoadmap investigation. Let’s check it out shall we?

Exterior - Diner Chinese Restaurant Ardmore PAIt was raining so I just snapped this quick view before we headed into the vestibule. As you can see there’s no mistaking that this restaurant definitely a diner by design. It’s actually a vintage Fodero diner, once called Dean’s Diner and built in 1952 (thanks Larry at Diner Hotline for the info.)

And here’s what the inside looks like today.

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A break from the food posts for a moment to bring you some cheery colorful vintage collectibles from our recent fun to the Mad Hatter Antique Mall in Adamstown, PA. We got some great stuff and looking at these photos makes me want to go back there again soon!

Love these  crazy spaghetti lamps! Wish we had a ceiling high enough to hang one on without bonking our heads on it.
Spaghetti Lamp Heaven!

Love the logos from old magazines on this trash can / waste basket. It was a bit pricey but if I did get it I’d put magazines in it for sure, no trash!

Thermos and Magazine Barrel
I could spend all day looking at vintage postcards- they are total road trip inspiration! (Don’t forget, if you’re in the Boston area you can check out a show at the Boston Public Library of their classic postcards – it’s been extended to April 30th!)
Vintage Travel Post Cards

Here’s a vinyl travel case from one of my favorite “teen themed” vintage brands – Ponytail. Again, I’d love to add this to my collection! I think my pal Fuzzy Lizzie ” The Vintage Traveler” would too, so this photo goes out to her.
Ponytail Travel Bag for Fuzzy Lizzie

Speaking of items that might appeal to online vintage-loving pals – I think Pam Keuber from RetroRenovation would be able to find a good home for this Del Val vintage lighting fixture. Looks like it would fit in one of her pink bathrooms!
Del Val Lighting, Bread Box and Pony Tail(I have the cannister set that matches that bread box – my grandmother had the yellow version.and hey! There’s Ponytail again!)

Click here for more cool photos and the contact info and map to Mad Hatter!

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Looking for a cool place for a classic cocktail, live music and all around hip scene with a vintage vibe? Then look no further than The Blue Comet in Glenside, PA.

The Blue Comet Exterior Sign

I’ve already told you how excited we were to find that The Blue Comet had reopened after being closed for 2 years, and I was psyched that RetroRoadhusband and I were able to visit there recently before-and after- a show at the Keswick Theatre for a swell date night! And since I’m hunkered down at home with the RetroRoaddog tonight, what better time reminisce about some weekend fun?

Blue Comet Door

It’s a cozy space with the bar up front where you can look at the vintage barware and entertaining kitsch while you wait for your perfect Manhattan to be created by one of their nattily dressed bartenders.

Bar Scene
Ah! There it is! Come to Betty!
Manhattan
You can order food at the bar if you like-or wait here for a booth in the back. I like the bar scene here, as you can watch people come and go, and best of all – talk to the person next to you, as instructed by one of their TVs.
Talk To The Person Next To You

Since we were heading out to a show we did order some nibbles and decided to sit at one of the upholstered booths in the back to eat. I dig the mood lighting in the Blue Comet as it does wonders in making everyone look young and beautiful, alas not so good for the photographing of food. Which was tasty for sure!

Glass Block Wall and Ortliebs BeerFolks all around were enjoying their dinner and drinks, and if it were a Saturday or Sunday they’d also be able to enjoy live music, with a Rockabilly bent. The memorabilia above our table showcases some of the bands that had played there in the past. The best place to keep up with their schedule is on The Blue Comet Facebook page.
Rockabilly Rumble PosterSince we were off to see some live music ourselves, we reluctantly had to leave the vintage environment of the Comet sooner than we’d like, but are already making plans to go there with some pals very soon.

Glenside is a neat little enclave of independent businesses – don’t leave without enjoying the science-fiction like displays of their neighbors Humphrey’s Pest Control (in business since the 1950’s – nice!):

Damage To Suitcase By Termites

And, horror of horrors:

Slide Carousel and Slides Destroyed By Termites

The Blue Comet Bar & Grill
106 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038
(215) 572-9780

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RetroRoadhusband and I started our Retro Road Trip off in perfect fashion – with lunch at Boehringer’s Drive In Restaurant in Adamstown PA, just minutes off the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was the opening day for their 75th season in business!

We here at RetroRoadmap initially visited Boehringer’s a few years ago, and love this family owned seasonal stop right up the road from some great antique shops in Adamstown.

I had been waffling (mmmm….waffles) between ice cream or cheeseburger, but when we got out of the car and it was so danged cold I knew I was going to order something warm.

Step Up To Order - Step Back To Wait

RetroRoadhusband got some practice in not eating the food before I photographed it!He got a cheeseburger sub, on a long roll with lettuce and tomato.

Zerbe's Potato Chips and Cheeseburger Sub
You can read about Zerbe’s Potato Chips here

I loved the little tray my cheeseburger came on, and the fact that my burger was loaded with relish, cheese, ketchup, mustard and onions. Perfecto.

Cheeseburger

As we sat eating I told RRH to write a jingle for Boeh-RINGERS based on the classic Shirley Bassey version of Goldfinger, and now I can’t get it out of my head:

“…it was Cliff and BETH! they went to — BoehRINGERsssss” ;-)

Boehringer’s Drive-In
3160 N Reading Rd
Adamstown, PA 19501
(717) 484-4227‎

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It doesn’t matter that there isn’t an actual subway in Harrisburg, PA  since they’ve got the Subway Cafe restaurant and its glowing neon sign!

Subway Cafe Neon Signs Glass BlockSupposedly named for the railroad tracks under the bridge across the street, The Subway Cafe is in an industrial part of town. But with the glow of that neon beacon as a guide, and RetroRoadhusband by my side, we headed there for a bite at the beginning of a Saturday night out on the town.

Given the neighborhood we weren’t sure what to expect, but as soon as we walked in to this small restaurant to find all the tables crowded with regulars (but some seats at the bar available for us) we knew all was well.
We're Glad You're Here!While my eyes were thrilled to see the 32 oz. fishbowl beers being served, I knew my liver would be less than excited, so we opted for pints. I had read that their pizza was something to try so I ordered a plain pie to share with RetroRoadhusband, while he got a salad with house dressing and a meatball sandwich.

While we waited for our food I all but swiveled around on my seat to take in the authentic vintage decor of the place. From the mural of the hills of Italy – painted by one of the original bartenders back in the 1940’s, to the fantastically fabulous atomic age lighting fixtures, this place is the real deal.
Interior of Subway Cafe Harrisburg with MuralThe mirrored bar harkens back to when the place was not much more than a bar in the 1930’s, and even the sign above the kitchen window looks like it’s been around for forever.

We chatted with the gents next to us for a couple of minutes until our food arrived, and from them knew to expect the thin, crackery crust and the sauce on top of the cheese. While this style of pizza may not be something you’re used to,  I am a big fan of this thin crust pizza, and this was definitely a nice change from the bloaty inflated pizza crusts from chain pizza places for sure. The sauce was tangy and cheese just right.
Subway Cafe Pizza with Sauce On Top
RetroRoadhusband enjoyed his salad  – though he would have enjoyed it more had he shaken up the house dressing (as instructed by our bar-mates) but it was good to get some vegetables in, to at least pretend we were eating healthy.

Our waitress/bartender was awfully nice, even suggesting a way I could take home one of their homemade eclairs. I was tempted, but with a long night of fun ahead of us I wasn’t sure it would sit well in the car.

As we left I could not help but be in awe of the flood line markers on the wall as we made our way to the door. The 1936 flood is bad enough, but to see that the 1972 flood came within a foot of the ceiling just boggles the mind. Thank GOD the flood didn’t mess with those crazy 1950’s ceiling lights!
Subway Cafe Flood LevelsAs we made our way to the RetroRoadmobile in the parking lot I stopped to quickly snap this photo of a vintage neon Yuengling beer sign in one of their windows. You rarely if ever see this iteration of their logo, and even though I’m not a Pennsylvanian by birth, I still like to see this old design.

Vintage Yuengling Neon SignSo if you’re in Harrisburg and want some authentic Italian food, just follow the glow of the Subway Cafe’s great neon sign!

Subway Cafe
1000 Herr Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103
(717) 255-9470

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