Sunday, August 14, 2011

Stacey's Rexall, For Your Nolstaglic Inner Child

If you've ever watched an Andy Hardy movie from the 1940s and longed for the simplicity of those days you can have a taste of it in Foley, Alabama. Stacey's Rexall Drug and Old Tyme Soda Fountain is located amid several antique stores and gift shops and is the perfect place to stop for a trip down Pre-memory-Lane. The actual address is 121 W Laurel Avenue just off Hwy. 59. 

MO and her friends entered what felt like a time warp. Huge double doors, wooden floors, glass cases and the original soda fountain bar. They sat at a table and studied the menu. They went to the counter to order and noticed an old cash register in its original spot. She paid and the cashier rang up her purchase on that register! She had been sure there was a replacement elsewhere and that this one had been left only to lend to the ambiance. She went for her camera. They invited her behind the counter to get a better picture of the prehistoric till. MO was in nostalgia heaven.

My Owner had ordered a hotdog. It was delicious and not on her usual healthy at home menu which caused her to keep saying "Oh my gosh, I'm eating a hotdog!" between bites. It was the "Look Ma, no hands!" of nutrition for her. It was annoying but her friends humored her, thinking of all those "You aren't going to eat that, are you?" comments she sometimes throws out during a meal. Her friend smiled thinking of the earlier stop at Krispy Kreme. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. 

She washed it down with a real fountain cherry Coke and went back for a second for which she was only charged a quarter. How very satisfying and fun to eat in such a place. If you are interested in visiting other soda fountains, your favorite suitcase has found a website where someone has listed many of them that are still in business. Sodas Fountains Near You can guide you in your search.

Stacey's has been in business since 1929. Airplanes hang from the ceiling and there is a train that makes its way around the top of the walls, which is sure to fascinate children and your traveling inner tyke  as well. The soda fountain is known for its amazing milkshakes (everyone says the key lime pie one is swell!), ice cream and malts. MO couldn't help thinking of the scene in It's a Wonderful Life when George is waiting on Mary and she says "George Bailey I'll love you 'til the day I die." Of course my favorite part of that scene is him lecturing her for ordering plain old chocolate when there are more exotic flavors to order like coconut and he whips out a National Geographic.

Stacey Drugs Old Tyme Soda Fountian on UrbanspoonWell, what do you expect from a suitcase?

More about that movie and other favorite travel flicks next week. They have a lot to do with Madame Owner's sense of adventure. 

Happy travels and happy eating y'all!

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