Category Archives: Americana Places

Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, Florida

Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, Florida

Established in 1906, Ted Smallwood’s Store and Trading Post in Chokoloskee, Florida served the western edge of the Everglades as a place to trade hides, furs, farm produce, handle mail and provide goods in return.

In 1974, the store was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places and remained and open and active place of business until the early 1980s.

When the doors were shut in 1982, 90% of the origianl goods remained in the store.

Ted’s granddaughter has reopened the store as a museum and today it serves as a time capsule of Florida’s pioneering history.

A Seminole Apron on the Store's Sewing Machine

Teresa & Rachel McMillin Carry On the Tradition of the Family's Store. Rachel is the Great-Great Grandaughter of Ted Smallwood.

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Bowling Shirts Remain Fashionable Although Bowling Is Not

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Many bowling alleys in the U.S. that have been in business for decades are gradually shutting their doors as bowling loses popularity as a sport.

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One such bowling center is Fairway in Massachusettes, whose faithful bowlers, nearly all in their 80s, are saddened by its closing.  “When we opened, everyone bowled,’’ said the 84-year-old owner of Fairway.

Within five years of opening in the 1950s, Fairway expanded from 16 to 32 lanes. In those days, there was a $1 charge for three games.

Bowling alleys have had a slow demise since the 1980s along with roller-skating complexes which also had their heyday in the 1950s.

All the while, the nostalgia for days gone by is seen everywhere through bowling shirt fashion.  The sport may be dying, but the fashion lives on!

Source: “Lane Closings,” from The Boston Globe, May 6, 2011.

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Nikki’s Drive-Inn

Overlooking Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nikki’s Drive-Inn has been serving up jumbo fried shrimp, hand-battered onion rings, mouth-watering burgers and more since 1941.

Owner June Jones says that regular folks as well as celebrities visiting the area can’t resist the tried-and-true tastes of Nikki’s. When Tina Turner was in Chattanooga for a concert several years ago, she smelled someone backstage eating Nikki’s and sent for a take-out from the legendary local restaurant.

With the table-top jukeboxes at Nikki’s, you’re also entertained with your favorite tunes while you eat.

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