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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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Update 6/2011: I’ve been told via a comment on the photo below in Flickr that this business has closed. Bummer! Glad we were able to visit it when we did.

During our all too short visit to the Lake George region we discovered LG’s neighbor Glens Falls NY. With a few microbrew pubs, antique stores and legit old businesses, we took a few hours to walk around and explore. While this vintage sign originally beckoned us, the fact that ABC Restaurant Supply was open to the public was too much to resist.

ABC Restaurant Supply(Looks like this might’ve been a neon sign at one point, still well maintained though!)

Opened in 1945, this the place to explore if you’re looking for gigantic ladles, professional gauge baking sheets (got one!), glasses, plates, trays, bar stools and more. We could not resist picking up a trio of colorful Fiestaware ramekins – so handy for sauces a welcome addition to our Homer Laughlin collection back at the Hacienda. I’m sure the kind gentlemen working there were a bit amused by my oohing and aahing over the cheery colors!

Ah, Fiesta!So if you’re poking around Glens Falls and admiring the old fashioned signage, storefronts and businesses, know that ABC is open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. I’m sure there’s something there you need/ want.

ABC Restaurant Equipment (CLOSED!)
28 Elm Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
(518) 793-3456

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I became a fan of Fuzzy Lizzie the Vintage Traveler when she was sweet enough to allow me to share her write-up of The Pink Motel with my Retro Roadmap Readers.

So it is with great delight that I share another one of her vintage place finds, M.A. Pace’s Store in Saluda, NC. She calls it a Time Warp store, and I know exactly what she means. Thanks for the find Lizzie, and for allowing me to put your info on the Retro Roadmap!


Time Warp Store – M.A. Pace’s Store in Saluda, NC

saluda-nc-wa-pace-store-vintage-traveler-retro-roadmapLizzie writes:

If you have been reading The Vintage Traveler for a while, you already know that I love what I call time-warp stores.  These are like little pieces of the past that have somehow survived.  Unfortunately, they are getting harder and harder to find. Lots of times, the owners are getting up in years, and when they retire, that’s the end of the store.  Many times they become gentrified, like the wonderful old Mast Store in Valle Crucis, NC.  Others just sit empty, and are soon forgotten.

I figured I’d better pay a visit to one of my favorites, the M.A. Pace Store in Saluda, NC.  This store was founded in 1899 by the current owner’s father.  It’s been in the same building for 100 years.

I was right to go because the place is for sale.  Mr. Robert Pace is thinking about retirement.  I can just see this place being taken over by the Mast people (think Life is Good tee shirts and Woolrich.  Not bad things, but in their proper place, please!)

But in the meantime, if you happen to be anywhere near Saluda, go see Mr. Pace’s store before it is gone.  And if you are not near it, get out there and find your own time-warp store!  Then let me know about it so I can hopefully wrangle a visit.

The store is now a combination of new and old merchandise, with all the old stuff being original to the store and not for sale.  The original shelves line the walls, and they are full of old shoe boxes (yes, with the shoes inside), sewing notions, and clothing boxes.  There was a sign that read not to open the boxes, but Mr. Pace said he’s turn his head so I could peek into a few!  There is everything from 1910s boots to shoes from the 60s.  And no matter how sweetly you ask, he will not sell – unless you want to buy all of it!

See some of Lizzie’s photos of what she did see in the store here in her Vintage Traveler post, and read more about the neat old town of Saluda, North Carolina on her WNC (Western North Carolina) Traveler blog.

Thanks for bringing this neat old place to our attention Fuzzy Lizzie! Now Retro Roadmap readers can check it out if they’re in the area.

M.A. Pace Store
60 Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
(828) 749-2401

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I have the hardest time finding orange flame shaped light bulbs for the post lamp outside the Hacienda so I was delighted to be able to pick up some when I was doing reconnaissance work at the West Concord 5 & 10 Store on a rainy Tuesday. (Like all of the places I cover for Retro Roadmap, I try my best to support them by actually buying something and not just taking photos, and since this was on my list of things I needed to get anyways, it was a bonus!)

West Concord 5&10 Awning

The West Concord 5 & 10 was established in 1934 and is the place to go to when you can’t find something in the “big and boring chain stores”. They have hardware items, stationery, bike supplies, toys, gifts, crafty things, sewing notions, kitchen gadgets, school supplies, candies, and so much more.

Pocket Combs & Lucky Charms

Life and Time(of course they carry all sorts of modern things, but you know me, I like to ferret out the old timey stuff!)

While I was wandering the aisles I overheard a woman ask for plastic cross stitch fabric that she “used to get at K Mart but they don’t have it anymore”- sure enough the WC5&10 had it, and the lady working there was glad to show her.

Wiffle Ball

There was also a small gaggle of kids there giddy with their random selections of squonky bike horns, For Rent signs, parachute men and candies. “I love this place!” exclaimed one of the tween boys to his dad, and I rejoiced that the charm of this little store was passed on to a future generation.

West Concord 5& 10
106 Commonwealth Ave
Concord MA 01742
(978) 369-9011

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I’ve driven past this place a bazillion times since my sister and her husband moved to Stoughton MA and finally the stars aligned where the light was right, I had my camera and the ability to stop the car.

Hansen Brothers Store Stoughton MA

The store was not open this early Sunday morning, but obviously beer has become the commodity of choice, rather than the Printing Shop/General Store offerings indicated on the wonderfully weathered Coke sign.

The condition of the gas pumps would also seem to indicate this is not something they carry, but boy do they have character!

Hansen Brothers Stoughton MA gas

So I put a call out to all Stoughtonians- can anyone tell me the history of this place, or what it’s like on the inside? All comments appreciated!

Hansen Brothers Store
602 Pleasant St
Stoughton, MA 02072

Look at this place on the Retro Roadmap!

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