Thursday, January 8, 2009
Flint Style...Tank-Tops, Gold Chains and Rainbow Ice Cream
at 1:06 PM
Labels: gold chains, ice cream, seventies, tank-tops
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Yeah, you be stylin' alright!ReplyDelete
(Before St. Mary's...)
I'm afraid to think of what the nuns would have done to me if I showed up at St. Mary's in this getup.ReplyDelete
By the way, I'm pretty sure this was taken at an ice cream parlor out on Davison Road, near the second home of Bob & Ethel's Rib Crib.ReplyDelete
Thank goodness for Jim Mc Logan and James, Inc....ReplyDelete
Too funny! I have some pictures around the same time of me wearing bellbottoms, zipper shirts and mood rings - makes me thankful that we had uniforms as St. Mary's (SC) and a dress code at Powers!ReplyDelete
According to my friend Adrienne, Ethel is now a minister and has a church somewhere in Flint.ReplyDelete
- Pat Young
You know exactly what that "one" nun would have done...called Mom to bring you some new clothes...ReplyDelete
And where was the ice cream parlor? I can't seem to place one near Bob and Ethel's...and bonus points to anyone who can tell me what restaurant was the original occupant of the "Rib Crib"...
I'll list the answer soon if no one can guess.
Holy moly! Such memories! At first I thought the ice cream parlor looked like Herriman's Dairy, Oh man such good ice cream. I loved going there. I can remember getting a special treat of a cone on a hot day, and sometimes if my Mom had some extra money she would buy us Hot Fudge Sundaes. So good.But if it was on Davidson Rd, I really don't know. I will have to ask around my family and see if they have any ideas.ReplyDelete
As for Bob and Ethel's Rib Crib, my Dad was a good friend of Bob's. My Father (who used to own Lott's Roofing and Siding)did a lot of work for Bob on his restaurant and his home. He had the best barbecued ribs in town. I remember going into the kitchen and watching Bob and Ethel work. They were so nice to me, and I still have warm memories of their kindness and generosity.
Uhhh...I think you had the biggest front teeth I've ever seen on a kid:-) Ha ha haReplyDelete
Love ya Gordo:-)
Oh and does anyone remember that Frozen Custard stand on Dort Hwy? It was either right next door to or a couple of doors down from that trophy shop. It was north of Court St. They had the most amazing frozen custard I have ever had.ReplyDelete
Does anyone remember the original rib crib near Lewis Street?ReplyDelete
yup. Their Taco"s were pretty tasty too!Delete
I'd like to think I grew into those teeth, Marty.ReplyDelete
Gordo and Marty (with apologies to Seger) -- much like rock and roll, sibling rivalry never forgets either.ReplyDelete
aw, leave the Gord-ster alone you guys! He looked like He was not only stylin', but had a righteous lick thang goin' too! He be smilin' like it was a mortal sin! musta been good cream...5 points to whomever can name the location of the 1st Baskin-Robbins in Flint----ReplyDelete
1 was on Welch Blvd, 1 was on Clio and Pierson Rd in MallDelete
Nice stripes Gordie. Was this taken at Farrell's? I was probably hanging out across the room from you enjoying a cone of "Superman" ice cream in my snazzy mismatched powder blue plaid or lime green GRRRAnimal combo outfit from Sears Surplus complete with gold chain......ReplyDelete
I'm out of the B-R 21 contest. The first one I remember was in Grand Blanc. But, Mom did have a part -time gig before AC working at the HoJo's on Miller Road scooping ice cream and eating the remnants each night if that counts. Anyone remember when it was Ho Jo's? She blames her Mint Chocolate Chip addiction that lasts to this day on HoJo's.
I don't know why, but this makes me think of Walli's, Ponderosa, and even Duff's with the all you can eat buffets complete with soft serve ice cream machine. Talk about put your head under the tap and let it rip. To heck with the bowl, I'll just use a dinner plate, thanks....
You look sweet, Gordo.ReplyDelete
I don't know if it was the first, but "my" Baskin-Robbins was on Welch Blvd, in the plaza that had the Welch Blvd Pharmacy in it, before that establishment moved across the street. It was in the V-shaped plaza near Hidden Park on Chevrolet, with a gas station at the point of the V.
Baskin-Robbins' mandarin chocolate orange ice cream was to die for, but they don't make it any more. I have to settle for Jamocha Almond Fudge.
The first Baskin Robbins that I remember was the one at the South Flint Plaza - seems like it was down the strip from the Little Caesar's that had kind of a nightclub ambiance (or at least what my idea at 7 years old of what nightclub ambiance was).ReplyDelete
It was dark, smokey and the jukebox perpetually played Joy to the World, Smoking in the Boy's Room or the Horse with No Name. They served coke and beer by the pitcher and the pizza was great. They also had a stage in back and had live music sometimes.
I used to enjoy Daiquiri Ice flavor at Baskin and Robbins on Welch. It was like underage drinking.ReplyDelete
I do believe the good Dr. gets the cookie GY. yeah, it was as exotic as Rick's American to my yonker eyes also. Few years later, I'd hit there with my friends from Petko's/Villa Capri for Weds. Fight Nite at the Little Sleazers. live music and all the head busting by the bouncers. My younger brother got His cherry popped last night. robbed at gunpoint at his girlfriend's pizza joint, Zippy's. Flint's own Stasi and the Township, and what's left of the City Police, and GenCo. Sheriff's nailed the 4x loser up at Hamilton and I-475. Way to Go Bro! didn't hand over the till, gave him a few bucks from his wallet and followed him out and got the plates. my apologies to GYMom for the gutter talk...Mom tried to raise me right, but the Wild Boys were just too much fun.ReplyDelete
Only sort of related, but does anyone remember when the first Arby's opened? I can't remember where it was! It was one of those east-west streets... the first Baskin-Robbins I ever saw was the one on Welch (we moved to Flint in '71.)ReplyDelete
Wasn't that custard shop on Dort called Ye Olde Custard Shoppe? It was north of the Garden Shoppe ...
Yes! I worked there when it opened. It was my first job and I gained a lot of weight eating the custard! It was amazing!Delete
I think the first Arby's was on Clio Rd.ReplyDelete
OK---no guesses on the original tenant of Bob & Ethel's Rib Crib on Davison Road?ReplyDelete
The original tenant was Kentucky Fried Chicken, until it moved to the corner of Davison and Dort at its present location.
Hey I really enjoyed ready some of your content here on your post. good stuff.ReplyDelete
The Farrells Ice Cream Parlor opened around 1971 on Clio Road by Northwest Bowling Alley...next to Good Times Pizza placeReplyDelete