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!
This book is a nostalgic delight, transporting me back in time when going “downtown” was magical and special. Jane Sutter-Brandt has done an outsanding job of evoking memories and feeling through vintage photos and illustrative text. What a great gift this work make for anyone who passed or passes through the streets of Burlington.
Gave it as a gift for mom and loves it it’s like going back in time looking at the vintage photos. good book.would be a recommended book to get.
Absolutely a must buy. Humorous, astounding stories, photos, and people you know in Burlington, Iowa .
A 5 Star rating.
Lyn R. –
Well-written, lots of wonderful photos, stories and reminiscences. This book takes me back to my childhood and all the special memories of growing up in my beloved Burlington.