Thursday, June 11, 2009

Northport 5 & 10


Gotta love a five and dime store still in business, thumbin' their noses at Walmart.

I'm guessing this is the same Jim (James) Shirley whose house I featured a few days ago.
According to the historic marker at his house, he was the town surveyor and built the first commercial brick buildings in the 1850s.

14 comments:

Rambling Round said...

Reminds me of my town's old 5&10. It had wooden floors and ceiling fans and lots of counters with inexpensive items.

Bob Crowe said...

Thanks for your comment this morning on the Arch photo. I'm afraid I don't know much about your city except Groucho Marx's joke. I'll be back to learn more.

Halcyon said...

Cool! I also like local stores.

B Squared said...

I'm surprised Wal-mart hasn't burned the place to the ground. But, give them time.

Abe Lincoln said...

√ Howdy ! from the cornfields of Brookville, Ohio

Thunderstorms rolled over my house this morning at 4:00 AM and thunder and lightening woke me up. By the time I was up and drinking my first coffee, the rain was hitting my skylight pretty hard. It sounded like some kind of war going on. The noise is great.

Your photo shows a part of the old south that is familiar to a lot of Yankees, like me, up here in the north. We had large 5 and 10 cent stores that were charging a dollar or more when I was growing up. I remember being disappointed that a pair of reading glasses were not 10 cents but four quarters.

Abe Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

Jacob said...

This store's still in business? I haven't seen a 5 and 10 cent store anywhere in years...maybe that just tells me I need to get out more...

One thing for sure, the "new" so-called dollar stores don't compare with the old 5 & 10 cent stores!

gogouci said...

Wow, haven't seen a five and dime in a very, long time. Way to go Northport 5-10.

Darla said...

Would love to mosey throught that store.

Pam said...

How cool is that. I remember Woolworths 5 and Dime from the small town I grew up in. It was always fun to visit.

D said...

RR-I haven't been inside lately, but this one may have the original floors.
Bob Crowe - thanks for visiting, now I have to look up the Groucho Marx joke! something about elephants, right?
Halcyon - me too, always better than a chain
B-squared - I'm pretty sure this one stays around for the historic district. I don't know if they have a large actual business running or not. Maybe they're not even on Walmart's radar.
Hi Abe! Thanks for visiting. I think today's 5 & 10 may refer to dollars, not cents!
Jacob - We have lots of the new dollar stores too. They have so MUCH to see, you could 'dollar' yourself broke.
Gogouci-I'm glad this one is still around too!
Darla - I think I'll go mosey around pretty soon. I remember that they had old fashioned candies there!
Pam - We had a Woolworth's in downtown Tuscaloosa. I remember it had a lunch counter that I always begged to go to!

Ed said...

Cool blog, I get past Tuscaloosa regularly but only see it from I-59.Congrats on the anniversary..:-)

George said...

It's wonderful to see a real 5 & 10 still in business.

Rose said...

Man, have I missed a lot. I am liking this tour. There is a 5-10 store in a town near here...I loved those stores as a kid.

Mr Ryan said...

Was really excited to see this place. Out of all the years I lived in Tuscaloosa I never went in.