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Picturing the Past 9: At the store

Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 10:27 AM

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Handy Dandy Market, from February 1963. (T-G File Photo)
One commenter mentioned Handy Dandy Market last week. Here's a February 1963 look at the market (or could it have been called a modern general store?) in its old location on Madison Street, which now houses a tobacco outlet and loan company. Handy Dandy moved across the street in the 1970s or 1980s.

It was noted that its current building is the old Bud's Drive-In. Seems like I remember Bud's being located at what would be the middle of Celebration Drive today. Correct me if I'm wrong.

A personal memory in this photo: That's my parents' white 1960 Chevrolet Biscayne on the right. Amazingly, I think I've seen that actual car around Shelbyville once or twice in the past year or two.

The flat-top 1960 Impala at far left would definitely be a collector car today, as would be the Studebaker Lark second from left.

That Lark could have been purchased at Dixie Motors, which was across the street in the current Domino's building in 1963. Seems like I remember they had a garden of sorts in front and often kept a Studebaker parked within it. That's a 1954 Ford to the left of the Biscayne.

Picturing the Past is featured in this blog each Tuesday.


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I love these old pictures, would there be any way to get large copys of them. I would love to have some of these pictures hanging on the wall in my home.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 11:17 AM

I think Bud's was further down,too.

We'd eat at Bud's then get the Charleton comics at Handy Dandy.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 1:29 PM

I do not remember Buds, but I do remember the floor going into the current Handy Dandy, I was a little girl and my grandfather helped pour the concrete for the new builing, I remember it was during cold weather. Frank Nichols is a world of knowlegde he could tell you where Buds was for sure. :) hey did anyone ever remember the Scottie burgers at the resturant next to Handy Dandy? Could that be Buds? I just remember it as Scotties in the 70's great little burgers in the little baskets.

-- Posted by punkin1129 on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 2:11 PM

You're thinking about the Scotsman, punkin1129, and I definitely remember their miniburgers. Seems like the Scotsman met a fiery end when the building exploded one night.

-- Posted by David Melson on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 2:48 PM

hey David, I saw your post on the other picture (# 8) yes you are correct about the fire, my grandmother worked there and I remember the whole thing. I was young but remember the time.

Scotties was the name. :)

Scottsmans was the resturant that is where Rafeels is at present (spelling is wrong)

Love your pictures...got another land mark...next to the picure of Handy Dandy to the right...rememebr what was there?

-- Posted by punkin1129 on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 2:27 PM

Sure do, punkin1129, it was the Farm Bureau building. It looked so much like a church building that I wondered if it had originally been one.

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 3:19 PM

Thanks David for yet another great picture from the past. You may be right about the exact location of Bud's. There has been a road, or alley of some sort for many years that ran up to the Horse Show grounds from beside the old Yancey's Food Lockers. At first it was gravel and then a narrow paved street. Having grown up on Whitthorne Street I can remember when the Wartrace Dirt Road (Whitthorne Street) was all gravel from between the Homer Lentz house and the James Yancey house all the way to Wartrace.

To be honest I haven't paid much attention to the Domino's building, but in my mind it seems to me that is the location of one of the first liquor stores when Shelbyville first became "wet".

It seems to me that Dewey Arnold had his first Auto Alignment store in a building behind Bud's and then later Harvey Canady occupied that building it seems to me.

Speaking of Frankie, the last time I talked to him and Alice they said that they were planning to retire soon. Frankie would indeed be a good source for information on the area at the time.

Yes, I do remember Scotties and also Scotsman.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 3:19 PM

As I remember, Frank started out as a sackboy for Sam Mittwede. His mom raised him and his brothers and sister on East Depot Street right across street from us. Dang that was so long ago. No one on the street locked their doors and we all watched out for each other.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 3:57 PM

Great pix...

Speaking of grocers, how about Dials on Main. I worked there three years in the early 70s at the location of Walgreens now. Dials had a great business and I loved the people that worked there. Across the street, where Colloredo starts was a little restaurant or ice cream store that Coke Crowell once ran.

-- Posted by cfder on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 5:32 PM

ok I am confused (which is not unusual) but I thought Dials was where the Christian Bookstore is now?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 8:54 PM

grandmaof2,

Sounds like you knew them well. I worked with all that you named and many other of their employees. Dials stayed at the old building until around 1976, then moved to the newer building where New Covenant is now.

On break, I would go to JoBoys sometimes, and also to the old restaurant across from the New Covenant. I'm thinking it was the old location for Huddle House.

-- Posted by cfder on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 9:15 PM

Are you thinking of Hobble House, cfder?

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 10:29 PM

Honeyland - I remember!

Alice told me when Handy Dandy moved across the street to the present location how the snow and ice was on the road, she said they rolled the cigeratte machine across the street and Frank stop and sold a pack in the middle of the street :)

So many great memories of Our Town, anybody got a picture of the old Horse show sign the one that looked like a Horse shoe?

and Domions, I remember when K's Ice Cream came to town.

Do you guys remember Shelbyville Super Market being in the area of the old Bi-Lo building...that was a big field where everyone parked for the Horse show.

David, A big thank you for all the memories that have just been flooding me...I can picture so much as it was! Wow what a change...sad somehow ya know...

Happy Day to all!

-- Posted by punkin1129 on Wed, May 20, 2009, at 10:17 AM

Too bad Kay's Ice Cream didn't stay around long. I loved it!

-- Posted by David Melson on Wed, May 20, 2009, at 11:48 AM

i remember when the shelbyville super market was where bi-lo parking lot is. and dials was where walgreens is now. you all remeber jo-boys? remember who owned it? wow there is alot of places we grew up with thats no longer with us, time sure flies

-- Posted by fabulous1 on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 9:02 PM

Got busted looking at dirty books in there when I was eight. Next picture please?

-- Posted by Cornelia.Marie on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 2:31 PM

LOL, I bet that never happened to anyone else.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 3:25 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.