A nod to the past: Arcada Theatre

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Lester and Dellora Norris’s confidence in the town of St. Charles could truly be seen when they decided to build the Arcada Theater. For three years they discussed with architect Elmer F. Behrens what they wanted the Arcada to look like and essentially to feel like. Lester had become fond of the Spanish Colonial Revival while living in Florida and so decided to create a building with beige terra cotta masonry, arched windows, low-pitched clay tile roof, and small wooden balconies. The stage was to look like the old streets of Madrid, Spain and the entry way had Mosaic floors with stone benches lining the corridor.

The opening of the Arcada Theater was set for September 6th, 1926 and thousands of people from all over Illinois came out to see the magnificent building and hundreds were unable to gain entrance. The first act to appear on the Arcada’s stage was The Last Frontier, a western vaudeville act. With the theater opening up at the height of vaudeville many famous vaudevillians like Ginger Root, Jack Pepper, and George Burns performed at the Arcada. While vaudeville slowly started to fizzle away, the Arcada Theater continued to thrive and was one of few theaters to show “talkies”, movies with sound. Unfortunately, vaudeville did die out in popularity and so the theater started to show more and more movies in the mid-to-late 1930s.

In the 1940s, the decade of loss, love and victory, St. Charles celebrated the end of World War II with a victory show. The shows were originally planned to be held at the St. Charles High School auditorium, but due to overwhelming ticket sales was moved to the Arcada Theater. Operadio employees under the direction of Delos Owen put on the show and all ticket sale money was donated to the USO. There ended up being $1,757.55, over $23,000 today, in ticket sales and about $1,000, or about $13,300 today, in other profits. The 1940s also saw a change to the Arcada Theater design when the lobby ceiling was lowered one level for additional office space on the second floor. The original marquee was also replaced with the one still on the front of the building today.

Movies continued to be the main source of entertainment at the Arcada Theater from the 1940s to 1970s when the theater began hosting community theater groups and traveling shows. However, the new program was short-lived and by 1979 live entertainment had been phased out. In the early 1980’s the theater was sold from the Norris family to Ruby Frank and a group of investors. For the next 20 years the theater continued to host movies until again it was sold in 2005 and is operated by the Onesti Entertainment Corporation. Since then Ron Onesti, CEO/President of the company, has brought live entertainment back to the theater and hosts around 200 shows annually.

Check out the great things Arcada Theatre is doing now at http://www.arcadalive.com/

History in the Making: Abby's Breakfast and Lunch

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Back in the 1920s, retail businesses, restaurants and the like didn’t extend too far from Main St. First paved in 1915, Main Street St. Charles could be a muddy mess to navigate when it was unpaved. And the side streets that led away from Main Street didn’t enjoy pavement until a much later time. Foot traffic was limited, and even wagons had to avoid some streets after rain or snow.

North 3rd Street, though, was not without plenty of activity. Early commercial directories and maps show a large pasteurizing plant and ice cream factory just north of the current location of Abby’s – Anderson Ice Cream and Dairy (later Colonial Creamery) at the corner of 3rd and State Sts.

Across 3rd Street from Abby’s current location was a busy garage, with space for up to 60 cars. A few homes were also scattered in the area, with large lots. One of those, probably a two story Queen Anne, was located on the corner where Abby’s sits today. One can imagine a busy workweek that started early, with farmers in their milk trucks lined up to get their milk processed and other people dropping off their cars and trucks for repairs.

Founded in the spring of 2015, Abby's brings its twist on fresh, homestyle breakfast and lunch each day of the week. We serve unique breakfast and lunch items, plus your traditional favorites. Our drink menu features handcrafted cocktails, craft beer, and the best Bloody Mary in town. It’s our secret recipe.

Fast forward to early fall of 2016 and you’ll find Rob has rolled up his sleeves once again. Abby’s Breakfast & Lunch expanded into the adjacent space, doubling the seating availability and kitchen size. This new, upscale layout and welcoming atmosphere are perfect to host your private party or special evening event. We offer catering, too! To learn more about our services, give us a call. For a bite to eat at breakfast or lunch, visit us in St. Charles today.

For more information on what Abby's has to offer visit: http://www.abbysbreakfastandlunch.com

A nod to the past: Hotel Baker

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The Hotel Baker was Col. Baker’s home. Col. Baker was a farmer. He and his niece Dellora Norris inherited the fortune of the founder of Texaco Oil, Col. Baker’s brother-in-law John Gates. Col. Baker and his niece Dellora invested the money in the town. With every gift they gave, they gave with quiet graciousness. Col. Baker gave in abundance and ran the Hotel Baker at a yearly deficit. He was friends with people from all walks of life and wanted people to enjoy beauty and luxury no matter where they came from. When he decided to build the Hotel Baker, he told the architects to build their masterpiece. He lost his son and then his wife, and instead of living alone in the house, he moved into the Hotel, where he was always there to welcome people.

After Col. Baker was gone, his niece Dellora Norris was left with “that white elephant of a Hotel,” as she called it,  she told him not to leave to her, but she ended up with because there was no one else with the money to operate it. No one in the family showed an interest in the building, so they donated it to the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and the Hotel was made into a retirement home. When the Hotel was a retirement home, the property was subdivided and sold, and the Hotel Baker Garage was torn down and replaced by the assisted living facility Carroll Tower.

Over the years, the building fell into disrepair. Overwhelmed by operating costs and the deteriorated condition of the building, the retirement home began selling the furniture and artwork from the Hotel before eventually announcing a sealed bid auction for the Hotel which caused public concern about the future of the downtown. Condos were planned, or a casino. However, from his office at the Arcada Theatre, Craig Frank could look out and see the Hotel and thought how neat it would be to have the Hotel and the Arcada back how they used to be. His mother Ruby Frank started Frank’s Employment and had an office in the upstairs of Colson’s Department Store, next to the Hotel. When Colson’s caught on fire and her office was destroyed, Lester J. Norris offered Ruby the Arcada Theatre before he passed away. She bought the Arcada, and they began restoring the building, partnering with Willis Johnson of Classic Cinemas to completely restore the Arcada to its grandeur and bring it back as a movie theatre. With the experience of restoring the Arcada, Craig Frank partnered with Neil Johnson and bought the Hotel Baker. The town was thrilled that the Hotel would be saved, that not another part of the town would be lost. Craig Frank completely restored the Arcada and the Hotel Baker and was celebrated as “Mr. Landmark St. Charles” in 1997.

For more information on Hotel Baker visit http://www.hotelbaker.com/

A nod to the past: St. Charles Fire Department

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The LaFayette Fire Company, the first organized fire department in St. Charles, was chartered in Kane County on March 18, 1842.  Fifty-six members signed the charter and paid a $25 subscription fee. This followed a fire in February 1842 that destroyed several three-story buildings, including that of the St. Charles Patriot newspaper, on the northeast corner of First and East Main Streets. 

From 1842 to 1852, the Fire Company operated with buckets and hand tools; it was a bucket brigade of volunteers that formed a line to pass buckets of water from the Fox River to fight fires. In 1852, they obtained a four-wheel pumping engine from Chicago, as well as a hand-pulled hose cart.

During the 1800’s, the Fire Company was unable to get the City to finance a fire station, so it rented various spaces to store its equipment and moved many times. In 1857, the City authorized the repair of a small barn next to Brett’s Cabinet Shop for storage of the Lafayette Fire Co.’s equipment and fire engine. The barn was utilized until 1870 when the City sold the building. Once again, the Fire Co. began renting spaces. The equipment began to fall into disrepair, and the hand pumper was sold for salvage.

In March 1871, a fire that began in a dry goods store on the east side of the bridge on the south side of Main Street destroyed all the buildings (with the exception of the Osgood Building) along the south side of East Main Street from the Osgood Building to the river. There was no fire engine; only the Bucket Brigade was available to fight the fire. In 1878 a barn on the southwest side of town was destroyed by fire. All the contents, including a cow and calf, were consumed.

The early 1880’s were a low point for fire protection in St. Charles and the end of any organized fire company. The Lafayette Fire Co. gradually disappeared during the 1870’s and the early 1880’s. A fire in 1884 that destroyed B. T. Hunt’s hardware store and another building with only the Bucket Brigade as protection intensified the debate over how to provide fire protection for the community. The City Council was unwilling to commit to the expense of fire protection.

In May 1885, the entire interior of the Farnsworth Mansion on Geneva Road was destroyed by fire. The exterior of thick masonry construction survived, The Bucket Brigade was powerless, due to the distance from the river. In February 1886 fire destroyed the Dearborn Building, one of the oldest buildings in town. The St. Charles Chronicle editorial asked, “How long will the penny wise and pound foolish policy be pursued?” In 1886 the City Council authorized the purchase of tools for fire protection but no trained personnel or hose or engine. 

In November 1887, after three more downtown buildings were destroyed by fire, citizens circulated a petition to force city officials into action. Mayor H.T. Rockwell appointed a committee to study the provision of fire protection. The City obtained equipment – a hand pumper, hose care and hose - and gave it to the Fire Co. and housed it at Miller Blacksmith Shop on the west side of First Avenue. 

At the end of 1887, the Fire Co. petitioned the City to take charge of fire equipment and take action to legalize the Fire Co. In February 1888, the LaFayette Fire Co. became the St. Charles Fire Department by municipal ordinance. It was a voluntary fire department with volunteer personnel and equipment provided by the City. However, the equipment was repossessed in February 1889 because the City never paid for it. However, after more destructive fires, the City began to pay for and expand equipment. 

The City continued to rent space for the equipment in Miller’s Blacksmith Shop until 1893 when the first Fire Station was constructed on the west side of First Avenue. It was a wooden structure attached to the newly built City Hall Building on the southwest corner of First and Cedar.

The debate over the type of fire protection the City should provide continued in the 1890’s. In 1893 Henry Young bought a steam fire engine from Boston, Massachusetts, and said the City could use it with the understanding they would eventually reimburse Mr. Young. In 1895 a fire began in the wood frame Grist and Flour Mill, where the Municipal Building stands today. In addition to the Mill, seven downtown buildings were damaged or destroyed. There was over $70,000 of property completely destroyed; losses would have been greater without the steam engine. The City paid for damage to the engine, but would not reimburse Mr. Young for its cost.
After the 1895 fire, the east wall of the Lungreen and Wilson Building remained standing. The wall towered twelve feet above the adjoining Osgood Building at the southwest corner of First Avenue and Main Street that survived the 1871 fire. A month after the Mill fire, a strong wind storm toppled the wall onto the Osgood Building, leveling it. Two of three women in the Osgood Building were killed instantly, and two men walking along First Avenue were killed by falling bricks. Another man and the third woman in the building were seriously injured, and a horse on the street was killed. The City still would not purchase the steam engine.

In 1896 the Rock Grove Creamery was destroyed by fire. Fire equipment was antiquated, there was no City water works system, as a plan to build one was defeated by the citizens in an election.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the St. Charles Fire Department remained much as it had been during the 1800’s. It operated out of the fire station attached to City Hall, with a small hand pumping fire engine and two hand-pulled hose carts. There were fewer volunteers and morale was low. However, in the early years of the 20th century there were improvements and changes, often prompted by fire damage to major businesses: 

  • 1900: A major fire at Crown Electric Manufacturing Co.
  • 1904: There were 12 paid-on-call men in the Fire Department as well as 10 volunteer firemen.
  • 1906: Citizens voted to approve a water works system.
  • 1909: The Fire Station was moved to a building at the rear of Nord’s Hardware Store at the northeast corner of First and East Main Streets. Space was rented for $10 a month; the department remained here until 1916.
  • 1910-1914: More improvements in fire equipment and the water works system.
  • 1915: Serious fire damage to Moline Malleable Iron Works.
  • 1916: A new motorized fire truck was purchased from the DeKalb Wagon Co. To accommodate the new engine, a new fire station was built on leased land just north of the northeast corner of N. First Avenue and Cedar Avenue. It was a two-story wood frame building with an iron-clad exterior. The foundation and apparatus floor was concrete, the second-floor wooden construction. 
  • 1916: First salaried employee: a paid fire truck driver.
  • 1917: The Fire Chief position became full time. John Elliott, the volunteer Fire Chief since 1912.was appointed.
  • March 1928: There was a fire at the East Side Grade School. Due to the building’s old age (1886) and fire damage, it was razed and replaced by Lincoln Grade School.
  • 1928: New fire truck purchased thanks to a large donation by Lester Norris and Edward J. Baker.
  • 1932: City remodeled City Hall Building, including moving the Fire Station into the City Building at 15 N. First Avenue. New mechanical sirens were purchased, replacing the steam whistle on the City Hall Building in use since the 1890’s. (One on City Hall Building; one on west side of town). This remained the Fire Station until 1961.
  • Improvements continued through the 1940’s and 1950’s, often as a result of recommendations following inspections by the Illinois Inspection Bureau Assn. In 1959 the St. Charles Fire Protection District was formed, including areas outside the city in St. Charles and Campton Townships. By 1960 the St. Charles population had grown to 9,207 and the St. Charles Fire Protection District covered over 55 square miles.
  • 1961: A new Fire Station opened. It was a remodeled former lumber yard building at 105 N. First Avenue. The building was shared by the Fire and Police Departments. 
  • As the 1970’s began, the Fire Dept. consisted of six paid men and 38 paid on call firemen,
  • 1986: Fire Station #2 on the east side of town was dedicated (2900 Production Drive).
  • 1989: Fire Station #3 on the west side of town was dedicated (37W585 Campton Hills Rd.)
  • 2009: New main Fire Station was dedicated (Fire Station #1 and Headquarters) as 112 N. Riverside Avenue).

A nod to the past: Club Arcada

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On December 29th, 1934 Club Arcada made its debut in downtown St. Charles. Hiring Marshall Field and Co., Lester and Dellora Norris wished to have the club modeled after the high-class club in New York, El Morroco. Replacing the Chronicle Publishing Company, Club Arcada was located on the first floor of the Arcada Theater and featured cocktails, fine dining, and live music every night. Opening night featured Don Fernando, the famous NBC radio star, and his string orchestra and Diane Quallaire. The club was a hit and soon everyone from St. Charles to Chicago had to experience it for him or herself. Live music acts were mostly swing music bands so the guests could dance and enjoy their evening. Jackie Heller, Harry Diekman’s Swingsters, The Swingsters Quartette, The Four McNallie Sisters, and many more graced the Club Arcada stage entertaining the multitudes of people that showed up.

Only five short years later Club Arcada closed its doors in 1939 and once again the space was used for retail purposes. It was not until Ron Onesti took over management of the Arcada Theater that the idea of another Club Arcada came back to St. Charles. In 2017, Ron officially opened Club Arcada, but this time it is located on the third floor of the theater building. Though the original club was 1930s, Ron’s Club Arcada is more of Roarin’ Twenties speakeasy, but still has some ties to 1930s. Open Wednesday through Sunday nights, the new Club Arcada keeps the tradition alive and features live music, cocktails, and dinner.  

Original Club Arcada

Modern Day Club Arcada

Check out what is going on now at the Club Arcada Speakeasy and Showroom at http://www.arcadalive.com/

St. Charles the Pickle Capital of the World... Who knew?

One might think that the "Pickle Capital of the World" is somewhere out west, in the deep down south, or even overseas, but if you stand in downtown St. Charles and look around, you will see the "Pickle Capital of the World."

Yes! It's true.

St. Charles holds this distinction, and it's all due to Pickle Packers, Inc. Pickle Packers International or PPI as it is commonly referred to was founded in 1892 as a promotional agency responsible for educating consumers about the benefits of pickles. This non-profit agency relocated to the St. Charles area in the early 1960's thanks in part to William Moore who resided in St. Charles and had his Pickle Packers International office at 108 ½ East Main Street. He was in charge of promoting pickles to the public and proceeded to put the pickle image on anything and everything available. Purses and phones were designed in the familiar pickle shape as well as earrings, greeting cards, memo pads and much, much, much more.  This group now calls Washington, DC home; however, while in St. Charles, the group's then-president, Bill "The Dill" Moore, unofficially named St. Charles the "Pickle Capital of the World."

The name stuck..well, the Illinois General Assembly helped out with this a bit, too: in 1978 the legislature made the proclamation official, which didn't hurt in cementing the name into St. Charles' history.

PPI gained national attention for the St. Charles area in the 1990's when it was an answer to a question on the television game show Jeopardy. Answer – This Midwestern town is the Pickle Capital of the World. Question – What is St. Charles, Illinois? PPI called St. Charles home until 2004 when the non-profit, membership based agency was handed over to an international marketing firm based in Washington D.C.

Interestingly there is no history of pickles being manufactured, packed or cucumbers grown in St. Charles!

 

Celebration of Jazz in St. Charles

The 1920's saw many different cultural changes in almost all aspects of society. Alcohol production, sale, and consumption prohibited, women wore their hair and hemlines shorter, and the sound of jazz music drifted out of the clubs onto the streets.  Jazz music was predominantly an African-American genre until it had exploded in the Roarin’ Twenties in the big cities in the north. New York and Chicago especially fell in love with jazz, and started booking both African-American and white musicians and eventually both would often come together to create jazz bands.

When the Great Depression hit, the 1930's saw a shift in jazz music. It was no longer music of one sound but many, and sub-genres appeared. The “East Side Style” continued to be unchanged and still danceable for those that wanted to let loose on the dance floor. St. Charles was not immune to the Jazz Age and the continuous love for Jazz music. When Club Arcada opened in 1934, hot entertainment was provided while guests enjoyed their drinks and food. Most often swing bands were booked which allowed Club Arcada attendees to dance the night away if they felt like it, or simply enjoy listening to the band. Those featured in newspaper clippings include: Jackie Heller, Harry Diekman’s Swingsters, The Swingsters Quartette, Knights of Rhythm, The Four McNallie Sisters, and many more.

Make sure to check out everything that St. Charles Jazz Weekend has to offer at https://www.downtownstcharles.org/dscp_events/stc-jazz-weekend/

Can You Identify this Mystery Hero?

Mike Darling, who has been cataloging the military collection, is hoping that someone can identify the highly-decorated St. Charles soldier who wore this United States Army uniform during World War II. Its Eisenhower style jacket bears the insignia of a Staff Sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division and indicates he served two years overseas. 

Our Mystery Hero was a qualified paratrooper with badges for two glider landings in combat areas. His medals include two bronze stars earned for heroism in combat and a European-African-Middle Eastern campaign medal with a bronze arrow signifying landing in combat plus four stars that denote five awards of this medal. There is also a Good Conduct medal. Unit awards include a Presidential citation with two bronze oak leave clusters, denoting three awards of this decoration. He also earned an
Honorable Discharge badge.

If you know the identity of this person, please contact Alison or Amanda at
info@stcmuseum.org or (630) 584-6967.

Hotel Baker Bellboy

—Zack VerVynck

Since I was a kid, I've been fascinated with the Hotel Baker. When I got my first job there in 2009, it began a lifelong passion for the Hotel as I started to learn its history and about the people and the stories from this special place.

I first saw the Hotel Baker Bellboy photo years ago and had wanted to draw it since then. When I finally got the photo, on the back of it was written that it was designed by John Davenport of Wheaton, Illinois.

Bob Matson recalls the original sign was on Rt. 64, east of town, across the street from what is now Pheasant Run. Mr. Baker owned the farmland, and Pheasant Run was Airport Farm, named because Mr. Baker actually started the DuPage Airport because he let some fellows use his land to start up a small landing strip there, Mr. Baker would greet guests that would fly in there to stay at the Hotel.

Airport Farm, the original barn still stands as part of Pheasant Run, was a dairy farm and Melvin Peterson and his family lived there. Mr. Peterson’s father Roy Peterson not only took care of Greyhound when he stayed at Red Gate Farm, but he was the gardener at the Hotel Baker.

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The Hotel Baker Gardens originally extended all the way to where Salerno’s is today and was a landscaped riverbank park open to the public with a nine-hole miniature golf course. Canna Lilies filled the lower beds, and in the upper beds, (quoting Ron Ziegler) “giant Zinnias!  Roy Peterson planted those famous flowers.”  He recalls “the women coming thru the gardens and marveling at how big they were and wanting to take cuttings.  Roy was very proud of his flowers and gladly let them cut all they wanted..........it only made them bloom more profusely.”

When the Hotel was a retirement home, the property was subdivided and sold, and the Hotel Baker Garage was torn down and replaced by Carroll Tower. Midwest Groundcover was given some of the terra cotta garage murals (which are on display at their location on Rt. 25) as part of a deal for taking care of the Hotel Baker Gardens. The original name “Hotel Baker Gardens” was lost to history when the retirement home replaced Roy Peterson’s annuals with rose bushes, and since, the Hotel Baker Gardens have been referred to as likened to the White House Rose Garden.

When Melvin & Ruth Peterson married, Mr. Baker gave them the farm across the street from Airport Farm where Mr. Peterson grew up. Melvin said that Mr. Baker said “You’re a married man now, you need a home of your own.”

Melvin & Ruth Peterson's wedding, Mr. Baker congratulating the newlyweds. 

Melvin & Ruth Peterson's wedding, Mr. Baker congratulating the newlyweds. 

In a sad twist of irony, before he passed away Mr. Baker sold Airport Farm and it was developed into the Pheasant Run Resort, which would eventually put Hotel Baker out of business. Melvin Peterson’s mom made Mr. Baker his last birthday cake, (quoting Mr. Peterson) “Mr. Baker loved a Sunshine Cake, she put a little farm thing on top, he didn’t want a party or anything.” His last trip out was two days after Christmas 1958 when he went to take a last look at Airport Farm before selling it. On that day he had been very chipper. 

After Mr. Baker was gone, his niece Dellora Norris was left with “that white elephant of a Hotel,” as she called it,  she told him not to leave to her, but she ended up with because there was no one else with the money to operate it.

Mr. Baker and Dellora Norris, standing, at Hotel Baker.

Mr. Baker and Dellora Norris, standing, at Hotel Baker.

The Hotel remained in business throughout the 60s and continued to be run by Bud Ziegler, who also managed Pheasant Run and became the Norris’s property manager as he was to Mr. Baker. R. D. “Bud” Ziegler had become the youngest Hotel manager in the country, and was talked about in magazines, when Mr. Baker made him the manager of the Hotel in the 40s. Bud initially started as a bellboy and became one of Mr. Baker’s closest friends.

 

Zack VerVynck and his 

Hotel Baker Bellboy Signs

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#PickletheTown Scavenger Hunt

Even though it is cold outside, there are still many Pickle Stops to discover! Here are the remaining clues and some fun pickle photographs from our archive.

1) How many pickles could a pickle promoter, promote if a pickle promoter could promote pickles? Solve this clue and find multiple pickles where history happens.

2) Is it too wild to suggest a sweet pickle macaroon?

3) Sushi boats and signature cocktails? Sake it to me!

4)Used to be a blacksmith shop around here, but this restaurant is a fine place for some baby pickles on your meat and cheese board.

5) Good luck keeping your mind on the prize when you’re surrounded by this many sweet diversions. But don’t let your search fizzle out, there’s a pickle here!

6)We can think of worse places to search forever for a pickle.

7) "Top o’ the morning!” is a fine time to search for a pickle here!

8)Not sure if the object of your quest is in our Trophy Room, but it’s as good a place to start looking as any.

9) We're the GENUINE DILL -- five-star treatment for your hair, nails, face and body. And we're the KOSHER DILL -- a MIX of science and art to give custom beauty results. You'll be PICKLED pink! Plus we provide wedding services -- and not to forget PETER PIPER -- men's services, too. So stop by, we'll PRESERVE a place for you.

10)A Chicago Great Western Train once ran through my doors.

11) Being around for 115 years it has gone by many names such as Anderson’s, but today in this 57 year old building it is the best place to look for a pickle is at the bottom of the kitchen sink!

12)Pickles usually seem more like summer grub than the center plate of a holiday feast, but in STC this year they are both where you find the very best ingredients for a savory and succulent hometown holiday adventure!”

13) Stop by this pickle stop to learn how to pickle and preserve, how to cook with and how to grow pickles! Our hidden pickle is behind glass, but not in a jar!

14) This building with gorgeous river views has all the recreational offerings for you. Award winning parks and facilities are on display, take a selfie with the pickle and be on your way.

15) Find a place that uses the natural energy of crystals to help you on your #PickleTheTown journey.

16)Oh fudge! This place is so new no one will suspect it of having a pickle.

17) Everyone knows a proper Bloody Mary includes a pickle, right Abby?

18) A pickle can be found at the building designed by the architect that was inspired by spiders.

19) Maybe their motto out to be “It’s what you’re searching for tonight”?

20) Brush in hand, what inspires you more – the pickle or the Pinot?

21) If you’re heading South for dinner, we’re the first on First!

22) Ask for “Gherkin Green” for your next manicure here and all your friends will be agape!

23) Overdo the bread and butter pickle chips last night? Get your chic on here before you head to the gym!

24) Here’s just the place to supplement your caffeine-free pickle, don’t look east of the river, we’re on the west side now!

25)"Here we are known for doing 'custom-made' work.  Each day we dig out tiny caves and store gold or silver in them.  We do everything from building bridges to making crowns.  Sooner or later everybody needs our help, but most are afraid to let us help them."

26) Somewhere near Colonial you'll pass a tin cup, And therein lies the treasure.     

27) Between yoga shaping & teens a-vaping, Is style that's beyond measure.                             

28) It's part of our history and in our name, But a beard is not required.                                      

29)Our Foosball table is ready to be played, K-cups to get you wired.                                          

30) You can sit to play a game of war, On a space that's eight-by-eight.                                      

31) In the dungeon beneath the castle's floor, The pickle lies in wait.

32) Don’t fret, this is where you might hear a tune as your next clue!

33)If you're planning for the future or need help preparing for the unexpected, this gentleman's name is the place to go.

33) “Whether you live in a Cape cod, Two story, Ranch or Victorian, this company can help you improve or update it!” 

34) We’re your one stop shop for all of your pickle printing needs.

35)Before the Arcada I was the only place in town that hosted plays and more.

36) Find the Red, White, and Blue on Avenue Two.

37) Rumor has it this was originally going to be called the Tin Pickle Theater. No, seriously!

38) Find this pickle where the Railway Express office used to be located.

39) Now find the freight elevator in the Railway Express building.

40) How does it go? “Knit one, pickle two?”

41) This USED to be a bestseller by Sandra Dallas.

42)Everybody’s favorite emoji is the “dancing pickle”. Stop by here and learn how to pickle dance properly!

43) The last place you’d look for a pickle is in a cupcake, right? Wrong!

44) Size Does Matter

45) Follow your nose to somewhere full of eclectic garden choices. You’ll find the object of your desire amidst the Flowers there.

46) Wok n’ Find your lucky pickle here

47) A great place to search for a pickle along the river calls upon Ira Minard and Reed Ferson for inspiration for their name.