I live in a small, history rich Virginia town. George Washington slept here; in fact he grew up right across the bridge at Ferry Farm. I’ve lived here for almost my whole life and it was a wonderful place to grow up. Like most small towns, everyone knew everyone else. The main street held all the stores in the area, dept. stores, drug stores, and soda fountains. For entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights teenagers cruised the strip. (Another name for the main street) Or they went to one of two theaters that had been there since they invented movies. At Christmas the whole town seemed to become a fairyland out of a currier and Ives print.
Alas, time does not stand still. Developers arrived and the town changed. A mall detoured shoppers and teens alike from downtown to many stores and a multiplex. The Hot Shoppe’s where we ate our Mighty Mos, became a quick stop gas station. One theater became a church and the other an antique store. . The Farmers and Merchants bank is now a museum, literally. The Department stores moved and in their wake stores cropped up that specialized in all sorts of off the wall items. Do you have a hankering for some Va. Honey? No problem its in the made in Va. Store. Want a shirt that says I love my cat, there’s a store for that too. How about something from the Emerald Isle? We have it and you won't have to fly anywhere. Houses crowded out woods in cookie cutter subdivisions and no one knew anyone else or even cared.
Funny but when I drive through town, I can still see things they way they used to be.
Although when a town has been in business as long as this one has there is bound to be a lot of changes.
The theme for Creative Tuesdays this week is storefronts. This ACEO in acrylic is of old brick building in the historic district that is now a hair salon…it started its life as a restaurant. (Before I was born of course) Anyway in my dining room I have framed the old advertisement for the original restaurant…and its menu! Check out these prices!
Know anywhere I can get a Porterhouse steak for $1.25?
Be sure to check out all the other great artists and their storefronts at Creative Tuesdays