Thursday, February 9, 2012

A few of my favorite places

This is Hunter's.  When I was growing up it was called Western Auto but several years ago it underwent a name change.  I like the new name much better because this store has been owned and operated by the Hunters for many, many years.

The original owner was Teddy Hunter.  He and his wife, Julie, lived down the street from us when I was a kid.  They had 4 children and we all became fast friends.

My dad's office was right down the block from this store and when dad would finish work he'd walk down to Teddy's and they'd go out for a beverage.  Teddy's way of keeping his cash safe for the night was to put it in a draw string bag, swing it around his head a few times and toss it up into the rafters.  Now doesn't sound like a smart thing to do, right?  Like, in the morning, how did he get that bag down?  So I could be making it up but it's a good story, eh?
The present owner is Teddy's son, Tom.  He refers to himself as Thomas the Magnificent but no one else does.  Poor Tom. hehehe

This is Huff's Five and Dime.  I know the awning says Springgrove Variety - ignore that - everyone in town does.

It's been Huff's forever and it is another family owned business - as far as I'm concerned anyway.
You can stroll the aisles of any of the big box stores looking for that one little thing that will finish the project you're working on and not find it.  Then you come to your senses and come back into town and go to Huff's.  Yup, there it is! And if you stop by with your dog, Lynn Huff, will spoil him with doggie cookies.

Our library.  It's wonderful.  It's like a home away from home for us.  The staff is always helpful and now they have a pretty good sized area for large print books which we really love.
 You can't see the newer portion in this picture but it extends out the back with large windows which overlook the river.  I love to go there to read magazines and look out those windows checking out the swans, geese, ducks and carp.  Well, maybe not the carp so much but you know what I mean.


  1. Oh, I love learning this history from you. You picked some of my favorites too. I love being able to walk to all of these great spots.

  2. I am enjoying your Blog, This way I get to know you better and also it is a little window into the life in America :)
    Sounds like a nice place where you have grown up and still live :)

    Astrid XX

  3. I'm glad you're enjoying your "trips" to my hometown. Yes, it is a nice place to live and raise a family. I didn't think that way when I was 18 yr old, tho'. I wanted to get the heck outta here!
    I was gone for 10 years and moved back with my husband and 18 month old son - 33 years ago.