Rearview

I took a long stroll around Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park one afternoon earlier this year. There had been a car show in town that day and there were a number of classics cruising through the downtown area.

Seeing them at a car show is terrific but spotting them out in the wind is amazing. So I was delighted see one pull up behind me at a traffic light. Just as I went to snap the picture in my review mirror — this happened!

Two classics of different eras in the rearview of my modern car! Perfect!

Heritage Square Antique Mall

If you’re ever in Columbus, Ohio and looking for buried treasure, stop by Heritage Square Antique Mall. It’s 53,000 square feet of goodies where you could spend an entire day.

I have never left this place empty handed and often see unusual items you won’t find anywhere. The large black cat pictured below is delightful but vintage Halloween decor is highly collectible and costly. This was almost $300.

Another booth had a number of creepy items like these crazy doll parts.

Plus there’s a ton of furniture and home decor items that aren’t actually old. I found the message on this modern sign ironic. Can you read it?

It says “Collect moments, not things.” Haha. Great advice unless you’re in an antique mall where the point of the exercise is to buy stuff.

Heritage Square Antique Mall is less than fifteen minutes from Franklin Park Conservatory which I told you about the other day. Click here for that story. Visit them at 1865 Channingway Center Dr., Columbus and check them out online at their website.

1953 Ford F-100

Is it odd to follow a classic vehicle into a store parking lot just to get a closer look?

If so, I don’t want to be normal.

The owner was in the store by the time I made it there but I paused a moment to appreciate his 1953 Ford F-100 in terrific shape. Spotting cool old vehicles out in the wild is a priceless gift.

Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

My friend took me to a time machine on Friday night. It’s called Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor and it is a portal into a gentler time.

In fact, it appears to have not been updated at all since the doors opened in 1923 when it was an apothecary and ice cream shop. It operated as such until the late seventies.

Twenty years later, descendants of the original owners revived the old neighborhood hangout. It changed hands again in 2011 and is no longer in the Klavon family but continues operating under that name.

Luckily, some things don’t change. The woodwork is magnificent. The lights are Art Deco. They still have the original wooden phone booths, tile floors, tin ceiling and a gorgeous marble counter.

There’s penny candy and cold drinks but the star of the show is the extensive menu of ice cream sundaes, shakes and floats. I tried the Tin Ceiling Sundae – vanilla ice cream plus chocolate sauce, whipped cream and fresh roasted peanuts complete with a cherry on top. My friend had this pretty little thing that’s pictured below.

They also serve some made-to-order paninis, soup and pepperoni rolls.

As you can imagine, I loved it there.

Their location on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s popular Strip District means that lots of other people love it too. It was busy the entire time we were there and was still busy when we left a few minutes before closing time.

Want to visit or maybe just drool over their menu? Click here to visit their website.

Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

My friend took me to a time machine on Friday night. It’s called Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor and it is a portal into a gentler time.

In fact, it appears to have not been updated at all since the doors opened in 1923 when it was an apothecary and ice cream shop. It operated as such until the late seventies.

Twenty years later, descendants of the original owners revived the old neighborhood hangout. It changed hands again in 2011 and is no longer in the Klavon family but continues operating under that name.

Luckily, some things don’t change. The woodwork is magnificent. The lights are Art Deco. They still have the original wooden phone booths, tile floors, tin ceiling and a gorgeous marble counter.

There’s penny candy and cold drinks but the star of the show is the extensive menu of ice cream sundaes, shakes and floats. I tried the Tin Ceiling Sundae – vanilla ice cream plus chocolate sauce, whipped cream and fresh roasted peanuts complete with a cherry on top. My friend had this pretty little thing that’s pictured below.

They also serve some made-to-order paninis, soup and pepperoni rolls.

As you can imagine, I loved it there.

Their location on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s popular Strip District means that lots of other people love it too. It was busy the entire time we were there and was still busy when we left a few minutes before closing time.

Want to visit or maybe just drool over their menu? Click here to visit their website.

Nutcracker Family Restaurant

When I visited the Cranberry Bog at Buckeye Lake a few weeks ago, my pal directed me into Pataskala for an early dinner at the Nutcracker Family Restaurant. I have been a few times but find it such a delight that going again was a true pleasure.

This isn’t exactly the best place to find vegetarian or even healthy food but I do still eat some fish occasionally so I was happy to get the perch special. It was fried to perfection.

I didn’t take a ride!

As you can see in the picture at top, there’s lots of interesting stuff to study while you wait for your food.

I wrote about the Nutcracker Family Restaurant once before. You can read that story and find more pictures by clicking here.