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[EVENT!] Retro Roadmap Roadbooks at Whole Lot of Lulu 10/14

[EVENT!] Retro Roadmap Roadbooks at Whole Lot of Lulu 10/14

Get a jump on your holiday gift  shopping AND support the local / vintage shopping scene at A Whole Lot of Lulu on Main Street in Phoenixville, PA on Saturday 10/14. Mod Betty will be selling/signing Retro Roadbooks (which make GREAT GIFTS I’ve been told!) and will have the Retro Roadcamper on display!   There […]

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[EVENT!] Art House Theater Day w/ Mod Betty at BMFI Sunday Sept 24

[EVENT!] Art House Theater Day w/ Mod Betty at BMFI Sunday Sept 24

As you know, Mod Betty has a wicked soft spot for historic theaters, and what better way to share that love, than to help the Bryn Mawr Film Institute celebrate Art House Theater Day, on Sunday September 24 from 12-2 – with the added vintage-lovers bonus of the Clover Market happening just across the street! […]

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[EVENT] Elvis Clambake at Colonial Theatre & Retro Roadbook Signing!

[EVENT] Elvis Clambake at Colonial Theatre & Retro Roadbook Signing!

It wouldn’t be summer without a clambake, now would it? Especially Elvis’ Clambake on the big screen at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA Sunday August 13 with Mod Betty as a special guest! This madcap movie is full of fun, music, surf, girls and all the wacky hijinx you’d expect from a sun filled film from […]

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[EVENT] Blobfest 2017! Mod Betty Meet & Greet / Retro Roadmap Roadbook Signing

[EVENT] Blobfest 2017! Mod Betty Meet & Greet / Retro Roadmap Roadbook Signing

It creeps and leaps…it glides, and slides across the floor – it’s BLOBFEST 2017 – and Mod Betty and the Retro Roadcamper will be there! Experience the fun, kitsch and charm of this annual Phoenixville event celebrating the 1950’s sci-fi classic The Blob (filmed here in 1958), making the Colonial Theatre (and Steve McQueen!) famous: […]

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Jazz Age Fans! Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form

Jazz Age Fans! Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form

Retro Roadmappers who dig jazz age fashion, photographs and fun – the Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form exhibit at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown Pennsylvania is for you. The Photos This groundbreaking multimedia exhibit features a large number of never-before displayed fashion photographs from Vogue and Vanity Fair taken between […]

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Our Final Retro Roadmap Video! The Fisherman Restaurant Phoenixville PA

Our Final Retro Roadmap Video! The Fisherman Restaurant Phoenixville PA

Mod Betty often remembers when she and Retro Roadhusband moved to Phoenixville, PA and were just getting to know the town. We had no idea what to expect when we opened the door to the Fisherman Restaurant, but as soon as we stepped in, we stepped back in time – and loved it! So it […]

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The Latest Retro Roadmap Video – It’s a Really Big Shoe! [Video]

The Latest Retro Roadmap Video – It’s a Really Big Shoe! [Video]

Mod Betty is so excited to share with you the one, the only Shoe House of York, PA – it’s got some great new owners as of 2015, take a look inside and see why you should put this on your Retro Roadmap Roadtrip list!

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Shop for Vintage Stuff & Visit Mod Betty’s 1964 Camper at a Whole Lot of Lulu!

Shop for Vintage Stuff & Visit Mod Betty’s 1964 Camper at a Whole Lot of Lulu!

Do you like shopping for cool vintage “stuff” without the hassle of driving from one shop to another? Want to meet other folks who dig cool old stuff? My pals at Lulu Boutique and Gifterie in Phoenixville have arranged for all the cool vintage stuff to be in one place with their 3rd and best […]

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Go to Vintage Car Show at a Vintage Antique/ Arcade Emporium – Sled Fest!

Go to Vintage Car Show at a Vintage Antique/ Arcade Emporium – Sled Fest!

UPDATED 4/21/15  – Sadly we have to CANCEL our appearance at Sledfest 2015, due to unforseen circumstances. However, that does not mean you can’t still go and enjoy a wonderful day of Retro Fun! Enjoy every moment you have on the planet, people. Life is short! xo Mod B.   Vintage cars, antiques and vendors, […]

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Get Ready for Mad Men’s Final Season at Mod House Vintage with Lulu Boutique!

Get Ready for Mad Men’s Final Season at Mod House Vintage with Lulu Boutique!

Mod Betty is wicked excited to get in the Mad Men mood with the fine gals at Mod House Vintage and Lulu Boutique & Gifterie both located in downtown Phoenixville. The Meetup will be at Mod House Vintage ( 32 Gay Street, Phoenixville) from 6-9 on Sunday March 29  (This is the Sunday BEFORE the […]

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Retro Roadmap Meetup – Tour The Colonial Theatre & Watch The Quiet Man – Just in time for St. Pat’s!

Retro Roadmap Meetup – Tour The Colonial Theatre & Watch The Quiet Man – Just in time for St. Pat’s!

Retro Roadmap Meetup – Sunday March 15, 2015 Starting at 12:30pm we’ll take a tour of the historic Colonial Theatre (built in 1903) in beautiful downtown Phoenixville PA, then watch “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara on the big screen at 2pm! “John Wayne plays an American prizefighter who travels back to […]

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#RetroMontco – Montgomery County PA Retro Roadmap Snapshots

#RetroMontco – Montgomery County PA Retro Roadmap Snapshots

We don’t have any big travel plans this year (next year, crossing fingers!) so Mod B is trying to find those Retro Roadmap worthy places and sites close to home! Today we do some ‘sploring in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – enjoy! My pal HP and I started with a wicked tasty breakfast at Daddypop’s Diner […]

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#RetroDelco – Delaware County PA Retro Roadmap Snapshots

#RetroDelco – Delaware County PA Retro Roadmap Snapshots

Retro Roadhusband and I have not found much of a reason to visit Delaware County, Pennsylvania but this weekend we made up for lost time! The excuse to see 79 year old guitar legend Charlie Gracie on his home turf was enough to have us fighting commuter traffic on a Friday night and as luck […]

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SOLD OUT! Retro Roadmap Meetup – Wanamaker Organ Behind The Scenes Tour

SOLD OUT! Retro Roadmap Meetup – Wanamaker Organ Behind The Scenes Tour

Thanks to the overwhelming response, we’ve reached Maximum Capacity for this tour – how exciting! Stay tuned for more Retro Roadmap Roundups throughout the year!  Happy New Year, all! Last year was filled with some great stuff  – our video series! Mentions in magazine articles! Retro Roadmap Meetups! But some sobering things too, like the closing of […]

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The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

Finally tried the famous strawberry pie at the Kumm Esse Diner- nom! Retro Roadhusband was pleased with his turkey croquettes (their Own Make). PA Dutch comfort food at its best! Also wanted to point out to the diner fans out there that they have the cantilevered counter seats here and some interesting architectural details. Read […]

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Sad News – Jacob Zook’s Hex Sign Store Paradise, PA Route 30  Lincoln Highway Closed

Sad News – Jacob Zook’s Hex Sign Store Paradise, PA Route 30 Lincoln Highway Closed

When Retro Roadhusband were driving down Route 30 / The Lincoln Highway in Paradise, PA Sunday we were saddened to see that Jacob Zoon Hex Signs store was closed and the property being offered for sale.

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Grilled Stickey at The Diner in State College PA – Had To Do It!

Grilled Stickey at The Diner in State College PA – Had To Do It!

When in Rome…or State College PA for that matter – do what the locals do! Get a Sticky Bun, split and grilled with a side of vanilla ice cream! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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Kutztown Folk Festival – Betty’s Kitchen by Bill and Charlotte Schuster

Kutztown Folk Festival – Betty’s Kitchen by Bill and Charlotte Schuster

  Isn’t this just adorable? I got a neat lil hex sign from them- all hand painted too! www.hexsign.com

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No Ox Roast on Tuesdays at the Kutztown Folk Festival – Bummer!

No Ox Roast on Tuesdays at the Kutztown Folk Festival – Bummer!

We went to our first Kutztown Folk Festival today- what fun! Had no idea there would be an ox roast, so I guess we can’t be too disappointed that we missed it.

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Where to Retro Road Trip on Memorial Day Weekend? Help Us Decide!

Where to Retro Road Trip on Memorial Day Weekend? Help Us Decide!

I’ve got a dog-free Saturday coming up which means…ROADTRIP!! Granted we will most likely keep within the confines of Pennsylvania, but what direction should we head in?! As you can see, we’ve been to a lot of vintage and cool old places in PA, and they’re all listed on the Pennsylvania RetroRoadMAP: View PA – […]

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Diners of Pennsylvania 2nd Edition Now Out!

I got mine at Sled Fest but it’s available online through Stackpole Books. http://www.stackpolebooks.com/productdetails.cfm?SKU=0676 Will keep you posted about any book signings ad I hear of them! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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American Dream Diner Harrisburg PA

No, I did not get the Rope! (sausage) Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Jimmy John’s Pipin Hot Sandwiches and Hot Dogs – as Good as Ever!

Happy to report that Jimmy John’s in West Chester PA has bounced back after the tragic fire on the eve of their 70th anniversary and it’s just like it used to be- trains and everything!

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One of the Last Vintage Signs in Phoenixville PA

Neumann’s Furniture sign – Church St. Seen while walking the Retro Road Dog! Neumann’s hasn’t been here in a long time but the sign lives on. I swear I saw the blue neon tubes lit up not long ago. Figured I better document this sign before it disappears. Sent from the Retro RoadPhone! www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Soft Serve Shaped Ice Cream Stand – Canonsburg PA

My folks took a bunch of photos for me of these twisty treats down in Florida years ago and I think they’re a wicked cute addition to the roadside. Turtle Twist – opens April 1. Wait, how did next week become April already?! We HAVE been on the road for a while! Sent from the […]

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Boehringer’s Ice Cream Adamstown PA – 75th Season Starts March 11

You can tell spring is a’coming when Boehringer’s Ice Cream in Adamstown PA opens for the season- put a big circle around Friday March 11 on your RetroRoad calendar! I just received this missive from The Boehringer’s Icecream Facebook Page: We’re very excited about this season as it marks our 75th year of food, family […]

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Nation’s Oldest Vintage Clothing Store – Zap & Co. Lancaster PA Burns, Owner Injured – UPDATED 1/25

UPDATE Tues 1/25 The official Facebook page of the Stephen Murray and Zap & Company Foundation has been set up by his daughter. ” I’ll be updating this page daily about my father’s health status, and information about the foundation. Thanks so much for joining and thanks so much for the unconditional love and support!!!!” UPDATE […]

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RetroRoadmap’s List of Philadelphia Area Vintage Holiday Fun!

Here’s our list of our fave vintage, old fashioned and traditional places in the Philadelphia area during the holiday season. Click on the links to read more about these timeless treats, see additional photos, and learn how to get to these wondrous places courtesy of the RetroRoadmap archive! The Wanamaker Organ Christmas Light Show at […]

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Miracle on 34th Street on the Big Screen at the Roxy in Northampton PA 11/30

Who can resist a timeless Christmas classic movie on the big screen, to get in that holiday mood? This Tuesday 11/30 The Roxy Theatre in Northampton PA is showing the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street, starring a wee Natalie Wood and my fave Maureen O’Hara. And it’s FREE with the donation of a […]

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The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania – Free Talk – Thursday 11/18 Phoenixville, PA

A free talk, “The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania”, will be presented at the Phoenixville, PA  Public Library on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 PM. This is happening just blocks away from RetroRoadmap central and we’ll be attending – join us, won’t you? xo – Mod Betty & Retro Roadhusband Melinda Higgins Crawford, Commonwealth Speaker for the […]

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Roxy Movie Theatre Northampton PA – Best Unexpected Roadside Find – Part 1

Roxy Movie Theatre Northampton PA – Best Unexpected Roadside Find – Part 1

I seriously had to pull over and catch my breath (and snap a photo) when I drove by the Roxy Theatre on Main Street in Northampton, PA – just north of Allentown. Even now my blood sugar levels are peaking just gazing at the photo of this fabulous vintage movie marquee and neon sign! It […]

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How To Speak NEPA – Prep for the Scranton, PA Retro Roadside Meet-up – Heyna!

My dear pal and Retro Roadmap Reporter Aubs forwarded this video to me so I could be prepared linguistically for the Retro Roadmap / Roadside Fans meet-up in Scranton next month. I had noticed a few of these NEPAisms* on my initial scouting of the area, but now I’ll know what they actually mean. Join […]

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Can’t Wait to Tell You About This Classic Movie Theatre I Just Discovered!!

Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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You’re Invited! Retro Roadside Fans Meet-Up Glider Diner Scranton, PA 11/14

I’m very excited to be putting together a get-together of  retro roadside fans, travelers, bikers, RVers, roadtrippers, bloggers, authors, photographers and more, and you’re invited! Glenn Wells of RoadsideFans.com and I are hosting a Retro Roadmap / Roadside Fans meet-up at the Glider Diner in Scranton PA on Sunday November 14 from 12-2. If you […]

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Vale Rio Diner in Phoenixville PA on Blocks and on eBay

Just read in the local paper here in Phoenixville that the vintage Paramount diner up on blocks around the corner from us, the former Vale Rio Diner, is on sale on eBay. (for $225,000 yowza!) (10/8/10 update – The Val went on eBay again this week for $175,000 but there were no takers) (this is […]

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Blobfest Phoenixville PA – The Retro Roadmap Blob Map and More !

BLOBFEST IS THIS WEEKEND, PEOPLE! BEWARE OF THE BLOB! Each July The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville PA celebrates Blobfest – a tribite to that wonderfully kitschy 1958 sci-fi movie The Blob. This cornerstone of modern cinema was filmed in the neighborhoods in the local area and in the Colonial Theatre itself! Here’s a link to […]

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Oh No! Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum Destoyed By Fire sez Lincoln Highway News

Good News! Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum has reopened! (Feb 2011)   Original Post: From Brian Butko at the Lincoln Highway News, I’m just alerted to the sad report that Mr .E’ds Elephant Museum in central PA has been destroyed by fire, but he vows to rebuild! Read the details of the Mr. Ed’s Fire here […]

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Heart- Breaking News – Freda Hirsch’s Store in Phoenixville Closed

Heard yesterday from a Retro Roadmap reader that Freda Hirsch’s store in Phoenixville was closed when they went to visit on Friday, and this morning I find this message from Chuck Hirsch, her son, via the Freda’s Store Facebook page: I am very sorry to announce that we have closed Freda’s Store. it was just […]

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Giant Roadside Rooster – It Can Be Yours!

Giant Roadside Rooster – It Can Be Yours!

While driving down any roadside, a giant chicken will certainly make you stop and take notice, and indeed we did. And the cool thing about this one is if you have $1700 laying around, it can be yours! Proudly overlooking route 22 in Duncannon PA, this big bird is for sale at Farmer Boy Furniture. […]

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Franklin Fountain – Some Sweet Vintage Candy News!

Franklin Fountain – Some Sweet Vintage Candy News!

You may remember Franklin Fountain here in Philadelphia from the post I did over the holidays about their Clear Toy Candy and I know I’m due to visit them for some of their tasty home made ice cream now that the warm weather has finally arrived. Well I just learned of a couple of developments […]

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Gorgeous Mel’s Diner Sign Lebanon PA

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Jimmy John’s West Chester PA Burns on 70th Birthday But OPEN AGAIN!

Update 12/4/2010 – Good News!!  folks over at the Jimmy John’s Pipin’ Hot Sanwiches Facebook Page indicate that the restaurant officially re-opened and is ready for business!! Through the power of Twitter this morning I just found out some awful news, that Jimmy John’s Pipin Hot Sandwiches in West Chester PA, known for their hot […]

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OMG Roadside America Shartlesville PA Best Place Ever!!!

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Neptune Diner Lancaster PA – nothing could be finer!

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Main Theatre Ephrata PA

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Vintage Neon Sign Slide Show – Philadelphia – This Wed 3/24!

Those of us in the Philly area are in for a real vintage sign treat, as Len Davidson – owner of Davidson Neon and curator of the Neon Museum of Philadelphia -is giving a slide presentation and discussion of “The History Of Neon in Philadelphia” this Wednesday March 24, 2010, after it was snowed out […]

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Boehringher’s Ice Cream – Open For The Season!

A sure sign of spring! Boehringer’s Ice Cream in Adamstown, PA is open for the season- wheeee! Here’s a link to the write up I did on it last year: Boehringer’s Drive In Adamstown PA – Home Made Ice Cream! and now you can show your love of  Boehringer’s on Facebook Now get on out […]

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My Toy Candy From Franklin Fountain

A frog riding a penny farthing bike! Whoops, I just ate his head. Tasty! 🙂

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Capitol Theater Chambersburg PA

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Molly Pitcher Waffle Shop neon sign Chambersburg PA

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A Retro Road Trip Mecca Keeps Getting Better! Bedford PA

I cannot tell you how pleased I am to announce that one of my fave vintage destination has gotten even better since the last time I visited! I’m talking about Bedford Pennsylvania,  3. 5 hours west of Philadelphia and smack dab on the famous Lincoln Highway. Back in 2003 we trekked to Bedford because I […]

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Boehringer’s Closing Day 2009

It is too nice of a day to stay home and clean, so we took a ride out to Boehringer’s for some cheeseburgers and Zerbe’s chips! I’m checking out posting things from my cell phone, and so far so good. I think we have room for ice cream- yep, we did! And all of our […]

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Shankweiler’s Drive-In’s 76th Season Ends Sat 9/12

Located in Orefield, Pennsylvania, Shankweiler’s is the oldest Drive-in Movie Theatre in America, and has been in continuous operation since 1934. I just got a note from Paul & Susan from Shankweiler’s that their last show for this, their 76th season, will be this Saturday September 12th. If you’re in the area, stop by and […]

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Laundromat and Mobile Homes – Vintage Sign Doubleshot

Laundromat and Mobile Homes – Vintage Sign Doubleshot

December 15, 2009 SAD UPDATE- I’m bummed out to report that when driving home from Reading last night I noticed that both of these cool signs had been taken down, replaced with a small generic white sign. I’m going to leave this post up here as an homage to these funky guys. Goodbye crooked E! […]

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Missing- Vintage Soda Pop Sign – Where Did It Go?

Missing- Vintage Soda Pop Sign – Where Did It Go?

Have you seen me? I used to hang on the Superior Beverages building on Main Street in Phoenixville PA. Some of you from the south may recognize my sunny Orange Crush side, though those of you from the north side of town may be more familiar with my darker, Hires Rootbeer facade. I noticed this […]

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