21 April 2010

Throwbacks




Many of the malls and stores and restaurants here have gone through quite a few phases of “reinvention.” Upgrades, face lifts, new logos to keep up with changing tastes. While that is all good and dandy, I do love stepping into a shop that somehow seems like it’s been that exact same way for oh so many years –untouched by reinvention, free from the evil clutches of sleek marketers and image consultants prone to overanalyses. Mom and pop stores. Shops that transport me to ‘olden days,’ when things were less commercial.

This is a store along Canal Road East that sells all sorts of things… it kinda reminds me of those stores that my grandma would take me to when I would tag along on her jaunts to the market.
Old Chinese store



This “sauce” store is along Elgin Street, the one old store that I could see amidst the trendy restaurants and stylish boutiques that line this street.
Old Chinese Store

Do you have similar kinds of stores in your neighborhood?

35 COMMENTS:

Nezzy said...

Oh honey, I don't have a neighborhood! I can't even see any houses. My view is filled with fields, trees and cows! Those stores are reminiscent of the old country stores. There are a few still remaining scattered over the Ozark hills.

God bless ya and have yourself a terrific Tuesday!!!

Aunt LoLo said...

I can almost guarantee that NOBODY in the US, unless they live in Chinatown, is going to have shops like that. ;-) There's nothing in the world QUITE like an old-timey Chinese shop.

Cecily R said...

These pictures are FANTASTIC. Love the feel and the edits.

We don't have shops like that exactly, but we do have a fair amount of Mom and Pop types along our main street. I LOVE main street.

debi9kids said...

what a neat shop! We have nothing like that in NJ, that's for sure.There are, however, lots of old stores that have not changed at all, in PA.

LPC said...

I love these pictures. So like parts of Shanghai.

Kelly said...

Love these photos. Our main street still has "down home" stores -- including a shop that sells nothing but snap shirts -- but that's about it for our town. It's a piece of culture that's fading fast.

Muthering Heights said...

That is such a CUTE shop!!

Serline said...

These stores are probably a dying breed; most of their counterparts have disappeared in Singapore. Here in Bangkok, there is a storied market - Klong Toey Market - where there are stalls and shops that have not changed in decades, but I have not plucked up enough courage to venture in yet. My hubby's colleague and our neighbour went there last week for the first time in his 16 years in Bangkok and took some great pictures with his new Canon dSLR, so I am feeling a little braver...

CottageGirl said...

I love those old stores ... your pictures are wonderful! You really capture what they are all about.
I wish we had some old stores that are like the old mom and pop stores you talk about ... but, around our town, I can't think of one. They seem to have given way to Walmart, and Target, Lowe's and Home Depot.
Very sad ...

Allison said...

That store looks like is has a ton of character. Oh the stories it could tell.

Alysha (Supermom) said...

wow. that is a sweet shop.... Nothing like that in our area... maybe downtown... but I haven't been there in ages. :)

Veronica Lee said...

Bordering our condo is what you call a 'new village' and we still have those rows of 'old' grocery shops that sell stuff you can't find in the supermarkets. They look very much like those in your pics.

Alicia said...

I love stores like this too!!! You can find some really great things in those kinds of places!

Erin said...

How great! Reminds me of the shops in San Francisco!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

What a cool shop! Do you have thrift stores there? Those are my favorite places to browse and shop.

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Very cool. I really wish we had something like that, a real and authentic store near us.

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Night Owl Mama said...

Wow so very precious indeed. Thanks for sharing. I love old shops like that. Its' been a while since I was in anything similar. We used to have an old hardware shop about twenty yrs ago that was down the block from us with wooden floors and everything.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I bet you could find anything there.

parentingBYdummies said...

We live in a lake oriented community so the only thing within walking distance to our house is, uh, the lake. Makes for a fun summer, but it's virtually useless in the winter. And, when it snows, we are trapped back here for days at a time. Luckily we have tons of neighbors and all of them are pretty fun. We've been known to have some smashing blizzard parties!

Katherine said...

These are great pictures, i love the cool vibe they give off..! Nice work :)

K xx (from www.thoseblissmoments.blogspot.com)

Lindy said...

In a world filled with superstores, there is something very nostalgic and refreshing about a smalltown, ma and pop owned store.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Cool little stores. We don't have many like that left here.

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Aww Love stores like that! We can definitely find neat things in there!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love bustling neighborhoods. I have to drive to our markets and stuff. When I am in the city I sometimes shop at little stores like that.

Velvet Over Steel said...

I know what you are talking about. I live in the midwest (usa) and would rather shop in the Small town main squares, in the small, family owned Shops any day than go to the City and shop at the mega warehouse or fancy stores. In fact this post makes me want to go to Atlantic and Walnut, Iowa this weekend and check out the shops that I haven't been to since last fall (before our aweful winter). :-) Thank you!!!
HUGS,
Coreen

Raise Them Up said...

What a neat shop! We have an old time candy shop on the square that I love for the same reason. :)

ModernMom said...

Oh how I wish I did! Such cool little shops!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I love old stores - they are so much fun to explore! We do have some in our area - and by 'in our area', I mean probably a good 45 minute drive from here... ;) But they are such fun, aren't they? I also love browsing antique stores - not the commercialized ones, the genuine mom-and-pop kind. ;)

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4 Lettre Words said...

So lovely!

Genny said...

That is so cool to see... thanks for sharing! I always love your posts and photos!

Hugs,
Genny

blueviolet said...

I have nothing cool like that in my neck of the woods at all!

paige said...

I always love your photos. This makes me want to visit these places.

Shelle said...

this is so funny because i thought you were at canal st in nyc. it looks so much like it and i also have a hard time finding cardamon, and would probably have to veer off onto the side streets to find the small indian shops.

Anita said...

The first thing I notice is lack of color, which tells me how much of our money spent on a product goes toward product design and advertising.

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