Summer Traditions: Soda Fountain Stops

In case you live in SoCal & haven’t felt your face melt while running errands or going to work in the last 2 days, here’s another reminder. Its hot out. Excessive heat warning and flex alert hot.

Though I’ve got a window-unit blasting, I’m yearning for some good ol’ fashioned refreshment. No, not beer. I’m talking about soda fountain standards prepared by soda jerks. There are few American traditions in hospitality as intact as soda fountains. Lucky for me, the Pasadena institution known as Fair Oaks Pharmacy isn’t too far off the beaten path.

For the last few years I’ve made a habit out of making a pilgrimage to Fair Oaks Pharmacy during the dog days of summer. Ordering a giant sundae to share somehow seems more reasonable when the mercury is hovering around triple digits. Extending the invitation is also a treat. I mean, who doesn’t perk up when invited out to our own little slice of Americana in the heart of Pasadena?

Fair Oaks Pharmacy first opened in 1915, but it wasn’t until a couple restored it back to it’s soda fountain glory that it was re-introduced to a whole new generation. I’m so glad it’s still around to share sundaes & chats in! Do you have any summer traditions and tricks to staying cool? Share in the comments below!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a sundae to make. (photo courtesy of Sarah Wise)

A classic sundae.

A classic sundae at Fair Oaks Pharmacy, Pasadena, CA.



We Have Lift-off

There’s no turning back now. Having graduated from Craigslist to mailing lists, I’m in too deep. By Thursday afternoon chances are high that I’ve mapped out my weekend hits.

At first it was out of practicality. Having recently moved to a new city with no furniture, my purpose for hitting the road was specific — to outfit my drab rental apartment in West Toluca Lake/North Hollywood/Armpit of the 101. In the process, I found that going on these little weekend excursions opened my eyes to a side of the greater LA metro area that you typically just whiz on by while on the freeway.

My enabler, a colleague with a penchant for all things MCM, had me hook-line-and-sinker when she introduced me to the Queen of Estate Sales in the SGV. I’ve been frequenting estate sales on a monthly basis for 4 years now.

Hi, my name is Nicole and I enjoy hunting for treasure at estate sales & keeping my eyes peeled for goodies to upcycle.

Expect weekly posts ranging from thrifty finds from local second-hand stores, photos of funky wall paper, and a healthy helping of history to accompany finds I get really excited about.