Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A balding and bearded older fellow named Joe Calloway had a little shop near Progress Street in which he created jewelry and leather goods, as well as other creations that he learned to make as a young boy growing up in India.
Joe was a resident of Blacksburg for many years, and in 1976 he packed his bags and went to Colorado. I heard a rumor recently that Joe may have perished in a swimming accident. I hope it's not true.
My wife still has a leather hair piece that Joe made in the early 1970's, and she cherishes it.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
If there ever was a cool head shop in town it was Humble Pie. The newspaper ads, lifted straight from the pages of our favorite underground comix, were a clue in itself
Humble Pie was located at 102 Roanoke Street across from the National Bank in what they called the "ugly green building", and was above Burt's Photo shop. The building today is red, in case you were wondering.
They also advertised contemporary gifts, posters, blacklites, headgear, incense, inflatable furniture, wall things, candy, empathy cards "and a smile".
I really truly miss shops like this. Please come back, Humble Pie!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
It came boogeying into the American culture sometime in the mid Seventies and didn't let go until MTV finally saved us with the Eighties genre of music.
For those of you who never heard of Bill Deal and the Rondells (in the ad above) they were a pretty big deal (pun intended) in the Seventies .... except I sort of remember them being more associated with beach music.