Basil and I were home for only one day between trips out of state, so squeezing in our final Coffeeneuring event was on the tricky side.
We have virtually no coffee shops in our area, so that was a stretch, too. Dr. Diarist mentioned an odd little business as an option. Not far from the train station in Downingtown, PA is a combination pinball-and-ice-cream parlour. He thought this might make an unusual Coffeeneuing stop.
And so it did. We got hot chocolate; it was a cold and windy day. Apologies were made for the too-big cups; the supplier had sent the wrong size. That didn’t affect the flavor any.
Behind our table was quite an extensive display of ice cream parlour memorabilia, including old advertisements and antique scoops. There’s a little something for everyone here.
Dr. Diarist may have taken a few minutes to relive a possibly miss-spent youth.
The ice cream palour features more or less local ice cream, from nearby Pennsylvania Dutch country. The motto, Nix Besser, means “none better” in Pennsylvania Dutch.
New versions of vintage candies cover the counter, including some rather horrifying examples of items perhaps best left abandoned by history. Blue or pink bubble gum cigars, anyone, to announce the birth of a 1940s infant? Or candy cigarettes (!)? Maybe it’s easier to get behind the Jaw Busters, just like the ones from decades ago — all they do is contribute to cavities, rather than to outdated stereotypes or to cultivating habits that cause fatal health issues!
Day 7 Observation (for Basil): Who knew a pinball parlour could be so . . . nice! (And still be enticing to pinball fans!)
Tally for the day
Day 7 Location (for Basil): Pinball Gallery and Margo’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
Mileage today (for Basil): 3.01 miles/ 4.8 km
Total Mileage for Coffeeneuring 2014 to date (Basil): 66.82 miles/ 107.5 km
Day 7 Observation (for Argyll): Combining complementary small business is a great model.
Day7 Location (for Argyll): Pinball Gallery and Margo’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
Mileage today (for Argyll): 3.01 miles/4.8 km
Total Mileage for Coffeeneuring 2014 to date (Argyll): 39.8 miles/63.6 km
Basil and I are headed to a completely different part of the USA for the next week or so, and may have limited Internet access. Posts will go up through the magic of automatic scheduling, but response to comments and email may be slow, or even non-existent, until we return home.