Established in 1912, San Husaus started his business in Goshen, Indiana at the corner of Main and Clinton. After eight year, the business was sold to Nicholas Paflas and his wife Leona. 4 generations later Kare Anderson, the great-grandson of the Paflas still operates the business, but has since expanded the menu from the original candy store and ice cream parlor, now with serving breakfast and a full lunch menu. If you want to experience some nostalgia, stop in at 136 N. Main Street, Goshen, Indiana for a cherry coke, and ice cream soda, or some chocolate delights.
Artist: Larry Johnston
Original painting: 24″ x 36″ stretched canvas, acrylic paint
Established in 1928, Adolf and Mary Fobe, living in the Belgian neighborhood of Mishawaka decided to open a bakery at 414 W. Seventh Street. Over 90 years later (3 generations later), the family still operated the business and continued to make fresh baked breads, Danish, doughnuts, cakes and of course Belgian buns, selling to the surrounding neighborhood. Greg Fobe retired in 2020. The bakery was sold to David Price, but several of the employees remained. Kathy Davis and her daughter Jennica Kamphus with 13 years of experience is helping to maintain the quality of food and service.
Artist: Larry Johnston
Original stretched Canvas painting – 24″ x 36″ acrylic
One of the oldest family operated restaurant-bar combinations in Elkhart, Indiana was Pete’s Simonton Lake Tavern. Located on the east side of State Road 19 (Cassopolis St.) Pete’s was open 7 days per week, serving appetizers, Dinners, Baskets, Soups, Salads, Pizza and Sandwiches. Rib-eye and chopped Steaks, Hamburgers, Italian Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken, Chicken wings and several Seafood plates were among the favorites.
Pete’s was a local favorite for years, so I had to capture it in one of my paintings. It is now called “Re-Pete’s” under new ownership as of 2018.
I hope my painting will keep Pete’s image of one Elkhart’s historic places remembered for years to come.
When Spring arrives, thoughts of warm weather, being outdoors, the approaching Summer with trips to the beach, swimming at many of the local lakes and most of all, The “CHIEF ICE CREAM” in Goshen, now with a new location in Granger. For over 25 years, The Chief has become a social staple to Goshen, Indiana. With that in mind, my latest painting was a no brainer. With both seasonal locations opening, my painting is a reminder of the homemade ice cream they offer and the many flavors available throughout the season.
I previously mentioned an old farm house in the area of Pine Mountain, Georgia that had been turned into a so called antique shop. Most of everything was old, but not very collectible. This chair was sitting on the back porch of that old house. I’m sure that old wicker chair overheard a lot of interesting stories in it’s time, but as the weather and age of the chair overwhelmed its usefulness, it has come to its end. Thus, the name “Wicker’s End”. Other paintings that were done, because of that old store, were “The Corner Shelf“, “The Lantern” and the “Milk Can“. This painting has always been one of my favorites.
I have painted several fire related paintings, which make up my fireman set. In choosing a fire station, my first choice was my most familiar. I grew up in Cassopolis, Michigan until was 10 years old. Living in an upstairs apartment less than one block from the volunteer fire department, I became familiar to the sound of the siren that alerts everyone when they are needed. It was not much of a fancy fire station, but it was ours. As a young boy, I was always fascinated by the water tower that sat behind the station. This painting was one of my early paintings, so you can see the difference in my artistic talents from then.
One of my favorite northern art festivals was located in Wyandotte, Michigan. I always tried to have something for the locals to identify with from their area. I couldn’t resist taking some pictures, when I saw Carter’s Coney Island at 2908 Fort Street, in Lincoln Park, Michigan, which was not too far away from the festival.
When you enter through the door of Carter’s, you step back in time 70 years and witness the two horseshoe shaped counters. Besides an early morning breakfast and hot coffee, you hear all the local conversation from the area happenings.
The food is just like the burger joint. They make old school burgers and fries, or you can have grilled slider, chili or hot dogs, however you like. How about Biscuits and gravy or Ham & Bean soup, made with big chunks of ham.
The painting takes you back seventy years on the outside, so you can imagine what you will find on the inside.
BBF first opened in Columbus, Ohio in 1961 competing with the McDonald’s fast food chain. They eventually opened 48 BBF restaurants in Ohio West Virginia and Kentucky before it was sold in 1970 to Bordon, Inc. The revolving neon Rotospheres on top of their sign always fascinated me and I’m sure it helped attract business. I painted the BBF to accept the sign, as well as the nostalgic history of one of the 15 cent hamburger pioneers. I also included a few classic cars of the time to add to the nostalgia.
24” x 36” ………. $1,295.00 Original Painting on stretched canvas