Sunday, November 6, 2011

Out and About With Betty

Recently, my friend, Kitty, and I went to a little cafe in downtown Oxnard that is in the old Woolworth's Building.

Going to Woolworth's was always a big deal for me when I was a kid, so I was thrilled to see they had preserved the sign.



Here's Kitty, showing she's a lady by sticking her pinky finger out while she sips tea.



Not to be outdone, here I am showing her up by sticking TWO pinkies out while drinking my tea.

Sorry for the blurry nature of this shot. I gave my giant camera to the sixteen-year old waitress. Something tells me had I given her my cell phone with which to take the picture, it would have come out perfectly.


They have preserved many of the machines from the old Woolworth's store including this one.


And this one.


This was still in the bathroom and still works!



Here's the menu from the original Woolworth's Lunch Counter.
Let's see...I'll have the Bacon and Tomato Sandwich for 40 cents, an Ice Cream Soda for 20 cents and a piece of Apple Pie for 15 cents.

Hey! That leaves me enough from my dollar to go buy a pen from the pen machine!

It was fun being reminded of memories from my childhood AND making good memories now too.


Happy Sundays to you all!

50 comments:

ellen abbott said...

It was a sad day when the five and dime stores passed.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww Woolworths! It was a truly shocking day when they closed down all their brick and mortar shops.

But it's so brilliant to see you and your friend enjoying tea like gentleladies! Yay!! Take care
x

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty .. so pleased you were able to get out - what a fun time .. and to be reminded of those days. Woolworths used to be my shopping store .. as a kid!

When I was a naive 14 or 15 year old .. and went shopping I wandered round Woollies putting things into my shopping bag - hair grips, perhaps some make up .. small items, probably some sewing things etc ... eventually A MAN came upon me .. and said .. not a good idea young lady - I had no idea I was supposed to put my bits and bobs in one of their baskets - if I knew they had them!!

Lesson learnt - even now if I carry things round - they're kept out front and obvious. Don't want to be nobbled for shoplifting!

Cheers and so pleased you're getting through with your excellent family and friends ... Hilary

Ms. A said...
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Ms. A said...

I have fond memories of Woolworth, from my youth! I miss Woolworth... and my youth!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

We had a Woolworths in my hometown too. It was a sad day when they closed; ended an era. Great pictures and thanks for sharing!

Teresa Evangeline said...

What fun! I miss our five and dime. it was always a treat to walk through and see all the stuff. Cool old machines!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Loveed your post Betty, It was sad to see Woolworths close a few years ago I had my first job there when I left school.

Yvonne.

Linda Myers said...

I hadn't even noticed those old stores were gone!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you got out and had a good time with your friend.

Brian (not the cat) said...

Happy Sunday, and a two-pinky salute right back at you and your beautiful friend.

Ann said...

what a cool cafe. I so remember going to Woolworth's with my mom when I was a kid. It was always a thrill

Daisy said...

What fun! Going to Woolworth's was always a big treat for me too as a kid. I remember it well. :)

Happy Sunday to you, Betty!

Shan said...

Am I the only one wondering whether the Leet lotion lasted this long?

Here's a piece of personal history for ya: When I lived in Oklahoma (eight and half long, awful months), I worked a few weeks at the local "Woolsworth" (I seemed to be the only one for miles who placed the S at the end). It was a historic location. First one with a lunch counter and last one in the state or some such. I helped sell off the goods before it closed. It was bittersweet. I was sad to see it go (who knows why, since I hadn't been there long enough to really appreciate it), but I was happy to make enough money for a U-Haul trailer that fit all of my (and Corey's) worldly possessions. Fascinating, huh? You're welcome.

Leah J. Utas said...

Betty, that was wonderful. I love those old signs.

BECKY said...

Wow, Betty! Look how these comments show how much we (who love you!) have in common with each other! I, too, loved Woolworths, AND just like "welcome to my world of poetry" above comment....my FIRST job after high school was a waitress at Woolworths!! I was the Worlds Worst. I think I lasted 4 weeks...or less. And the first chapter in my memoir is about that job! Fabulous photos..and so cool how much has been preserved! AND you and Kitty look mahhhvelous!

Donna said...

I Loved going to Woolworths...better times hey...
hughugs

Zuzana said...

What a fun day, I love that blurry shot of you two, it has some sort of artistic feel to it.
Must be fun visiting a place with so many old trinkets left behind, what a sentimental walk down the memory lane.;))
xoxo

Cricket said...

Loved Woolworth's, as did, apparently, so many of us. Especially loved the multi-level one downtown, with the old rickety wooden-slat escalators.

And the lunch counter, of course. It was quite the treat to go shopping with Mom and then have a grilled cheese or something. The fries too were always pretty tasty. A big chrome stool makes everything better, somehow.

GreatGranny said...

I miss all the old ten cent stores. And the lunch counters with tasty food, can't be beat. Those fountain cokes were so good, so much better than we have now.
I'm so glad you're having fun again.

marlu said...

Our Woolworth store was across the street from S.H. Kress where I worked. We loved both of them and both had lunch counters. I worked at Kress for five summers during school, measuring and trimming window blinds, selling dishes and glass ware (check for cracks on glasses by thumping them with the middle finger), selling hardware - who had ever heard of a female plug. I thought the guy waS being weird. It was a great experience and we wore hair nets when we worked the lunch counter making those 25 cent milk shakes on the Waring blenders, invented by Fred Waring the orchestra leader!

jenny_o said...

My goodness, we had a Woolworth's in our small town here in Canada too, and it's just as everyone else has said, a favourite childhood memory. It's cool that yours still has all those old machines!

Love the double pinky salute :)

Linda said...

What fun seeing those old machines and that old menu. Times have changed.

Laura said...

I remember Woolworth's too. I can remember what a treat it was to sit at the counter!
As a side note...Oxnard? My son lived in Oxnard for six months. He took an apprenticeship there that wasn't what he was promised so he came back home. We flew out to help him settle in to his apartment (he was not quite 19). That was a tough good-bye. Loved the area though. It was my first and only trip to CA and I really want to go back now!

rainbow said...

Thanks for the renewed memory of my Dad buying my first Coke at a Woolsworth Lunch Counter. If he only knew what he started then. He tried for years to get me to drink coffee but I never got the taste for it (even with 1/2 the sugar bowl in it with cream). My friends now tease me saying "If I do not have a Coke in my hand, I am on my way to get one" the sad part is they are right. Thanks for the memory of the best man in my life. I have always heard the first man a girl falls in love with is her DAD. For me that was right.

rainbow (Momma Lyn)

Eva Gallant said...

Ah the memories! 40 cent sandwiches!!!!

Eva Gallant said...

Ah the memories! 40 cent sandwiches!!!!

Gigi said...

The old Woolworths here has been turned into a civil rights museum. I haven't been yet, but I love to walk by and see that old sign.

And of course that old machine still works....they made things to last back then. Unlike today (as I kick my vacuum cleaner).

Bouncin' Barb said...

Great post BB. And also good pictures of you and your friend. Looks like you had fun.

I grew up with Woolworths too. My gf and I would take our babysitting money and walk like "big" girls to lunch and shopping. I would buy Westmore nail polish and she would buy eye shadow. Then we'd have a grilled cheese at the lunch counter. Hard to believe that was 40 years ago. Thanks for the reminder. All the ones in NJ closed up and went away. Glad you got to have a peek back in time.

Hilary said...

I have so many fond memories of those stores and others like them up here, north of the border. I can remember the squeaky wood floors and deep-set wooden tables where the bargains were displayed... and the smell of coffee. I'd share that ice cream soda with you in a heartbeat. Thanks for this. And I'm glad you had a good time with your pinky-flashing friend.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Happy Sunday to you! We also had a fun day. A little lunch, a little ride in the country. Our lunch cost more than a dollar, though, and there was no bacon. Did you get a new haircut? Maybe I just haven't seen any photos of you for a while, but you look great.

Madi and Mom said...

MOL MS. BB...I'll have to teach Mom the two pinkie trick..that is once she gets a real tea cup..she currently uses a great big honkin' coffee mug for her hot tea
You are right about the cell phone pic too.LOL
Hugs Madi

Mamma has spoken said...

We didn't have a Woolworth in this area but remember my mother talking about it.
But I couldn't help but wonder what kind of lotion they put in the dispenser in the bathroom :o/

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I vaguely remember Woolworth's from when I was little. I always wanted to eat at their lunch counter.

Lin said...

Don't you love all those memories?? I do!

I miss the old "dime stores" of my youth. And penny candy.

Kazzy said...

Love the pinkies!

I am always amazed at places that have dared to retain their old vibe. So cool!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Oh, to sit at the Woolworth's counter and sip on a malt shake! They tore our Woolworth's building down to make room for an 'Open Air Park'. I thought all parks were open air. ☺

SUGAR MOON said...

I have memories of the old Woolworth in downtown Fort Worth. Thanks for sharing.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Ahh, the "dime store". It was a very big deal for me as a kid too. I loved that place.

Looks like you and your friend had a fun outing :-)

xo jj

faye said...

If you ever get to New Orleans , there is a Woolworths near the French Quarter.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a fun walk down memory lane. I remember visiting Woolworth's as a child with my mom and grandmother. My favorite part was when we would have lunch at the soda fountain.

SueAnn said...

Oh! Do I remember this!! So cool!
And don't forget the submarine sandwiches!! They were so good!
Hugs
SueAnn

Susan in the Boonies said...

The old menus and the soap machine are very, very cool.

And how refined you are, you double pinkie propper, you.

Ever since I drove through Oxnard, many years ago, I've always thought that the name "Oxnard" sounds like what you would dig out of the hooves of oxen.

KleinsteMotte said...

Woolworth was the first ever department store that was introduced to when I came to Toronto in 1954. You have stirred up some sweet memories :)

Pat Tillett said...

I LOVED our local Woolworths! As soon as I saw the sign in your photo, my mind flashed on the patty melts I used to eat at the one that was by our house. Woolworths used to have everything in them. Thanks for the memories...

Retired English Teacher said...

I loved going to Woolworth's as a child and young girl also. In fact, there were still a few around when I was first married. (See how old I am!) I miss them. I love that this has been turned into a cafe/bakery. How fun it would be to visit it.

Joyful said...

This is a fun post. Woolworth's was always a big deal to me as a child also. Mom would take all of us kids out once a month to Woolworth's and that was a huge treate. In those days one didn't run to the store just any old time. It kept such things special. I was looking at the menu and I'd like to order the Banana Split for 39 cents. I wish! Have a great week.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

What a fun spot!

Baby Sister said...

Looks like fun!!

YrHmblHst said...

Ah, Woolworths... Had a couple in Tulsa when I was a kid. Back when one went DOWNTOWN to go shopping, always talked mom into stopping at the lunch counter for a snack of fountain Coke and a plate of french fries. Good stuff.
And man I'd tussle with them over that stamp machine! :)