Did you buy your first pair of bell-bottoms in Schramm’s Stage III? Did you get your first classic suit from Riepe-Peterson? After high school football games, did you and your friends gorge on cheesy pizza at the Arion? When class got out at Oak Street Junior High, did you run across the street to Heinie’s for a hot dog and a Coke?
Beloved Burlington will spark your memories of these and other favorite businesses: Apothecary 24, Brinck’s, Camera Land, Gnahn’s Book and Stationery Store, Paule Jewelry, The Typewriter Shop, Twin Oaks Drive-In, and Witte Drug Co.
The book features 11 chapters and more than 100 historical photos. I owe an immense amount of gratitude to the families that owned and operated these businesses for allowing me to interview them and borrow their photos. I also received permission to use photos from The Hawk Eye, Downtown Partners of the Greater Burlington Partnership, and the Des Moines County Historical Society.
If you liked my first book, Sutter’s Sodas Satisfy: A Memoir of 90 Years of Sutter Drug Co., I think you’ll enjoy this one, too. I was inspired to write this book because of the positive comments from so many readers, who not only shared their memories of Sutter’s with me, but then proceeded to tell me how they missed the days of shopping and dining at so many other places, too!
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