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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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Thank you Fuzzie Lizze of The Vintage Traveler for bestowing upon Retro Roadmap the Kreative Blogger Award! Having only joined the blog-o-sphere a few short months ago, I’m touched that you included me in your list of top 7 blogs.


Not sure what the history is on this award, but nice to be able to think someone sent it to me, and nice to want to bestow it upon some other blogs of note. From what I can tell I’m supposed to pick out 7 of my favorite blogs and then list 7 things I love. I can tell already how hard it is to pick out 7 blogs to pay it forward to, but I’ll give it a shot!

In no particular order, the blogs I am passing on the Kreativ Blogger Award to:


DeluxeVille– Mary Deluxe has a fabulous blog DeluxeVille where she documents her fabulous vintage lifestyle, from her cool little abode, to her adorable vintage outfits, to the great mid mod houses for sale in her area. She’s got a wonderful way with writing that feels like you know her immediately and would love to hang with her. She lives here in PA, and I consider her a cool neighbor even though we’ve never met!


Diner Hotline– Fellow Massachusettsian and road scholar Larry Cultrera has been involved with the Society for Commercial Archeology and the documentation of the diners in the Mass area for years, and I consider him one of the elder statesmen of the retro roadscene (not that he’s elderly!) One of the first champions of Retro Roadmap and a knowledgeable guy to know, his Diner Hotline is the place to get info on diners and beyond. Thanks for the encouraging words Larry!


RoadsideArchitecture- the blog portion of the wonderfully prolific road photog Debra Jane Seltzer, she’s also involved with the SCA. She faithfully blogs her way through her roadtrips across thousands of miles of US roads, in her trusty van Sparkle with her 4 dogs, snapping photos of signs and roadside points of interest for her website. I love feeling like the co-pilot on one of her adventures, through the long miles of nothing, to the great piece of pie recommended by a pal. Her dogs are a bunch of cuties and you should Check out her RoadsideArchitecture website too!


Vintage Traveler – This isn’t a “you pat my back…” type of thing- I honestly enjoy and look forward to every entry in Fuzzie Lizzie’s Vintage Traveler blog. She’s great at doing the research to get the backstory, and shares her knowledge of Retro Roadmap worthy places and vintage clothing, with all of us, so we can learn too. She loves her husband and her dog, and I’m one of those gals too. Hooray for the Elizabeths :-)


Lincoln Highway News– Written and maintained by another famous name in the Road Scholar field, Brian Butko- he keeps us all in the loop on what is going on on this historic stretch of land. If you’re going to be traveling along this road, it behooves you to have a look at the LHN, or one of Brian’s great books- Diners of Pennsylvania, Roadside Giants and more.

oklahoma-modern-kreativ-blogger-award-retroroadmapOklahoma Modern– Rex and Jackie are doing their best to document the ever changing Mid Century architecture and design of their home in Oklahoma. I love that they decided to create their blog just for the love of it, and realized if no one else would do it, then it was up to them! They were the first folks to send a great video from their travels to share with Retro Roadmap, and I was, and am, just thrilled. Keep up the good work- you guys are more than “OK”!


Rick Sebak’s blog– I got the hookup for this link from Diner Hotline and could not have been more thrilled to be able to read about the goings on behind the scenes at some of my favorite road trip type TV specials. Rick is a producer at WQED, the Pittsburgh Public TV station, and the voice and more behind such faves as “Great Old Amusement Parks”, “Pennsylvania Diners”, ” A Ride Along The Lincoln Highway” and so many more. My hat goes off to Rick and his WQED compatriots for doing such a great job of documenting not only the  national road scene, but even the great and varied neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Can’t wait to hunker down and catch up on some of the specials I missed, now that it’s turning dark and cool outside!

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So there you have it folks! Realize there are many websites out there that I totally think are worthy of an award, but I was trying to keep this one bloggy. If you got an award, pay it forward if you like. If you’re reading the blog- check out the links- there’s a lotta good stuff out there!

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With kind permission from Fuzzy Lizzie, I am reprinting part of her fabulous Vintage Traveler blog, highlighting a vintage motel that I’d only ever seen the sign from. When you see that sign, you hope the place is as cool that, and from Lizzie’s report, it looks like it is!

I can remember the Pink Motel from my childhood. We were on our way to Gatlinburg, Tennessee when we passed by it, and my little sister, who was probably about 6 at the time, had a fit to stop there for the night!

The motel is still open, still a mom and pop, and seems to be doing well. We went in (we spotted Pink Motel tees in the window) and the woman in charge told us all about the place. And she also said they are getting ready to repaint the sign. The sign is pretty spectacular at night – all pink except the wings and her swimsuit which are blue, and the star on the wand, which is yellow.

Yes, it really is pink, and pretty darn fantastic. The rooms open up onto the river which runs along the back of the motel.



Thanks so much for the report from the road Lizzie! I can’t wait to share more of your finds with the Retro Roadmap community!


Pink Motel
1306 Tsali Blvd
Cherokee, NC 28719

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