Remembering the Self-Serv Market… © Jerry F. Couch During the prosperous King Coal Era of the mid-1970’s, a new and very welcome business opened in St. Paul – the Self-Serv Market. Like most convenience stores, the Self-Serv sold a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Best of all, it was the… Read More That Good Ol’ Hillbilly Fried Chicken!
© Jerry F. Couch THE KING COAL ERA — As Dickens might have said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It was the best of times because coal had brought unprecedented prosperity to Southwest Virginia. For the first time in their lives, many people were enjoying economic security and… Read More 1975 Coal Truck Convoy to Washington
© Jerry F. Couch 2019 A few weeks ago, I wrote a review of Sugar Hill Brewing Company, Inc. For some “then vs. now” contrast, I included a photo of a long-gone St. Paul “beer joint,” purposely omitting the name of the business. A number of people responded with various guesses as to its identity… Read More Now it can be told – it was the OK Cafe!
© Jerry F. Couch 2019 ATMOSPHERE. It’s that extra “something” you sense and feel immediately upon entering a business. More money won’t buy it. Those who don’t have it can only wish they did. How did Sugar Hill Brewing Company’s unique atmosphere come about? According to owners Greg and Jennifer Bailey, it’s a fortunate combination… Read More Sugar Hill Brewing Company – A Review
It is appropriate to begin this article by stating that Piggly Wiggly is a registered trademark of Piggly Wiggly, LLC with corporate headquarters in Keene, N.H. The company issues Piggly Wiggly franchises to qualified independent grocery retailers. The company also provides the retailers with services such as support, marketing programs, and a line of promotional… Read More The Story of Piggly Wiggly in St. Paul