Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm Thinking Retro

This is a mural of an ice cream parlor by Janice Wagner that I came across while looking through google images. Ain't she cute? The turquoise doors, red stools, checkered floor, striped awning, apothecary jars full of colorful goodies, and ice cream sign all speak to me. They are saying, "Wouldn't it be darling if you decorated the sandwich shoppe in this style?"

Well? Wouldn't it???

Maybe I've gone off the deep end, but this mural has become my future inspiration for the sandwich shoppe. It gives me lots of crazy ideas. Is it weird to get ideas from a mural? Too late! I saw the mural and something just clicked. When the sandwich shoppe is actually a livable space (...about 40 years from now...), I really think I'd like to restore it in a retro style to pay tribute to it's original purpose. Ok, so the front will be an office and the back will be a guest bedroom of sorts, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring!

What do you think?

Also, I've sent out feelers to find out more information about the history of the house and sandwich shoppe. I know that the sandwich shoppe was at one point a tea room and an ice cream parlor. I have a neighbor who has a relative who is a relative to an 85 year old man who's lived in town all his life. She's going to inquire for me.  I've emailed a contact at the historical society. Again. The first time, the lady was dealing with illness and was unable to get back to me. And I'm going to put a sign in the front window of the sandwich shoppe that says, "Know anything about this building's history? Call this number." Heck, I might even start asking random old strangers on the street or go digging through the town newspaper archives at some point.

Somewhere, there is a breathing human who can tell me what I want to know. If I'm really lucky, I'll be able to find an old picture of the place. That would rock my world.


  1. I totally dig it. You need that floor. And I need to live vicariously through you. :)

  2. I love this look! I've always wanted a kitchen with red accents and icecream parlor table and chairs. It would look much cuter as a made over sandwich shoppe than in my kitchen, though. Sounds like a fun (and big) project!


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