This coming Tuesday I’m attending my first blogging event as a vintage blogger at the new malt shop called “Bean & Baker” right here in Toronto. I’m very excited to check out what they have decided to do with their store and try their yummy drinks and then bring that back here to all of you. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: See my visit HERE.
In the mean time, lets take a stroll down malt shop lane and check out some cool images of vintage soda/malt shops and the customers who are enjoying them.
A Soda shop, also often known as a Malt shop (after malt, a sweet milkshake flavoring), is a business akin to an ice cream parlor and a drugstore soda fountain. Interiors were often furnished with a large mirror behind amarble counter with gooseneck soda spouts, plus spinning stools, round marble-topped tables and wireframe sweetheart chairs.
The counter-service soda fountain was introduced in 1903, and around that same time, drugstores began to attract noontime customers by adding sandwiches and light lunches. The beverage menu at a soda shop usually included ice cream sodas, chocolate malts, fountain colas and milkshakes. A 1915 issue of Soda Fountain magazine stated: “The soda fountain of today is an ally of temperance… Ice cream soda is a greater medium for the cause of temperance than all the sermon ever preached on that subject (source).”
Now what can we get you?
Malt Shop are for hanging out, catching up and also reading as these girls are demonstrating.
When grabbing a drink at the counter it’s mandatory that one looks their best, like these very stylish teenagers. Their hats are the BEST!
And looking their best for these boys means it’s all about the Plaid.
After a fun day at the beach a nice refreshing drink will do the trick. And now on a side note, what an amazing photo! The girl swimsuits are stunning as well as the girl’s hair on the right. WOW!
There is that fantastic “counter” style we keep seeing. Another great hat! Wonder if that is mandatory when going to a malt shop?
Even Movie stars stopped by for a milkshake or two as seen here in the picture below with Joan Crawford and her editor Alice in 1939. P.S. HAT! (see it’s mandatory to have a great hat).
Malt Shops are not just for teenagers and movie stars, they are for all ages.
Shall we have a dance or listen to some music before we leave?
Lastly when I was in Memphis the hubby and I stopped in at A.Schwab and had REAL soda’s from their vintage soda counter. Here are a couple of images of that super cool experience.
mmmmmm real soda pop.
Now Question: Do you have a favorite place to go for vintage sodas? Milkshakes?