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Stein Your Florist Philadelphia PA - Neon Exterior Front  -RetroRoadmap

In my mind, it's no coincidence that the tradition of giving flowers at Valentine's Day coincides with the dreary winter weather that pummels much of the country in February. While battling the cold and snow, flowers are a colorful and necessary reminder that if we can just make it through the snowstorms and chilly temperatures, the warmth of spring will be our reward.

And while this floral shot in the arm can be had at many florists from state to state, I have yet to find a florist shop as jaw-droppingly dramatic in its midcentury glamour than Stein Your Florist in the Mayfair neighborhood of Philadelphia.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

[Retro Roadmap] Duckpins? Candlepins? Let's Go Bowling!

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by Beth Lennon 6 Comments

 

Papps Bowling Center Bordentown NJ RetroRoadmap
Papp's Bowling Center in Bordentown, N.J.

Depending on where you live, you may have different images that come to mind when someone says, "Let's go bowling!" For most Americans it's Big Lebowski-style bowling (officially known as ten-pin) with hefty bowling balls and big pear-shaped pins. But dig a little deeper and you'll find regionally distinctive strains of this popular sport -- candlepin and duckpin -- that are little known outside of the northeastern United States.

And while many contemporary bowling alleys are being updated an alarming rate, there are still a handful of lanes across the country that harken back to the golden age of bowling, no matter what style you prefer. These are the kind that Mod Betty likes best, so here are three examples of where you can step back in time while you're stepping out on the lanes.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 

View from the lobby in Macy's Center City, Philadelphia. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.com
View from the lobby in the old Wanamaker's Department Store (now Macy's Center City, Philadelphia), a National Historic Landmark.

A visit to one of the last remaining downtown department stores during the holidays is considered a must-do for many in the Philadelphia area, and not just for shopping. What is now Macy’s in Center City was once the Wanamaker Department Store, one of the first department stores in the country -- and much more.

Only here can you still do your shopping while hearing the reverberation of music from the largest operating pipe organ in the world, and delight in the holiday light show in an historic building. Online shopping doesn’t hold a candle to this experience.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 

Methuen Music Hall Grand Organ. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.org

Upon first glance the stately brick building with a bell tower on Broadway in Methuen, Mass., looks like it could be one of the many churches that dot the New England landscape. Viewing the understated decoration of the brick exterior, you’d never know the confection of delights both visual and aural, that await inside the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, built as the permanent home for the first concert organ in the country.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 

Hinkle's Pharmacy - Columbia PA - Exterior. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.com
Hinkle’s -- at the crossing of Locust and Third street since 1893.

On the banks of the Susquehanna River, located halfway between the county seats of Lancaster and York, sits Columbia, Pennsylvania. For centuries an integral hub for transportation, first as a ferry crossing and later as part of the Pennsylvania Railroad, it now is bypassed by traffic speeding along Route 30.

But folks smart enough to get off of the four-lane highway and onto the Lincoln Highway will discover a vibrant corner of the historic downtown at Hinkle’s Pharmacy and Restaurant, serving as the heart of the community for 120 years.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.