I initially added Sine’s to my “to do” list when Mod Betty (Proprietress of Retroroadmap.com and maven of all things cool & retro) posted about doing her Christmas shopping there last year. A few weeks ago, she mentioned that they were celebrating their 100th Anniversary August 10th – 11th … and I thought, what better time for me to go!
Sine’s has been in business, and owned by the same family, since 1912. The current location is a little “newer” — it’s been in operation since 1926 🙂 Click the Sine’s homepage link at the end of this post to read their complete history.
So, this is how we’re going to do this: Not only is Sine’s a real working store (including a lunch counter); it’s also chock full of some gorgeous antiques and ephemera! In the interest of not blowing your mind all at once; I’m going to post a separate piece a little later that focuses on the ephemera/antique aspect and try to limit this one to the store in general. Are you ready???
Look – just LOOK – at Sine’s beautiful facade. It’s so cool that I nearly fainted (or I was just hot and delusional from riding my motorcycle for 2 hours wearing a leather jacket in 95+ degree weather… but, really, I think it’s just that fabulous)
No room at the soda fountain today; but if you were to arrive on a normal business day you could order breakfast, lunch, ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, and soda until 5:00 pm.
These lovely ladies were working hard! The entire time that I was there the line was at least 20 people deep.
Scope just one of the toy aisles. It makes you wonder how many kids over the years ran to Sine’s the minute their allowances hit their little pockets.
Look up! Is that a standard gauge model train running high above shopper’s head on 200 feet of track? Why, yes, it is! Click play – and please pardon my slapdash cinematography (first day with this camera)
You can find just about anything at Sine’s …. even Grandma’s slippers (and perhaps a Grandma or two as well)
I don’t know if I’ve even seen a larger selection of Culotte de Grand Mère!
Another good aisle for your allowance decisions. The candy aisle. I love that they still use this vintage display rack … long after many of the candies assigned to the spaces are discontinued
Need a spare key? They can hook you up!
Oilcloth and Contact Paper by the yard …
Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the antiques from the merchandise. I rarely see pantyhose in stores any longer.
For the crafty shoppper …
So, this is just a tiny fraction of what Sine’s has to offer. Make sure to put them on your roadtrip “to do” list so that they can have a 200 year anniversary one day!