When I was growing up in Rocky Mount, Virginia, one of our favorite treats was a Saturday stop at Kittinger’s Drugstore.
Kittinger’s occupied a corner spot next to Banker’s Trust in uptown Rocky Mount, Virginia. Yes, that’s uptown as opposed to downtown, which had bragging rights to Rexall and Benjamin Franklin.
I remember Kittinger’s for their Cherry Cokes, ice cold and sweet. They had the old-fashioned snack bar counter that you don’t see too much anymore. Kittinger’s brings back good memories for me of my mom taking my sister, brother and me there for a treat.
Kittinger’s is long gone, except in my memories, and so it was nice to run across a place in Johns Island, South Carolina that reminded me so much of those long ago visits.
The colors are warm and welcoming like a summer ocean. Sandy white and sea foam blue. Grab a barstool at the counter, or a booth by the window.
Order a Black Cow float made with root beer or a Brown Cow made with Coke. Or try the Vincent Sundae – two scoops of chocolate ice cream layered with chocolate and marshmallow sauce and topped off with whipped cream and a cherry.
The ice cream tastes like they just made it right there, rich and creamy fresh. Flavors include butter pecan, vanilla, mint chocolate chip and cookie dough. My cookie dough was served in a pretty purple petal cup!
We live in the present, and we can’t go back to the past. But it’s nice to run across places that remind us of things we loved. To merge a new memory with an old. To live and relive a bit.
That’s when life is its richest.
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