Keeping up with past and present happenings in a remarkable small town.
This place should be nominated as a Butler (or Main Street) landmark. The marble counter soda fountain, the wooden booths, the ceiling fans -- are all memorable -- and I'm thinking of the sixties. The old original decor (now with a face-lift for the present decade) -- must go back to, what, the '30s or earlier? When did Cummings open?
Cummings will be on Main St far into the future because they keep up with the times but preserve nostalgia. During a recent trip to Butler I needed to get online and was able to do so at Cummings with my wireless laptop. It was kind of strange sitting there in a booth drinking coffee and answering business e mails surrounded by the same ceiling fans and other fixtures which I saw in high school,more than 40 years ago.
My father was a big fan of Cummings and after he and my mother moved away Tom (?) Cummings used to send him bon-bons all the time. I have great memories of me and Freddy Ritz hiding in the back and playing around!--Philip H.
I remember going to Cummings on Friday nights after "Juke Box" at the YWCA---we would all walk up together and have ice cream (homemade)sodas for 15 cents. Our parents would pick us up there.
Oh, how I loved the feel of Cummings. In the 40's, it even then smacked of nostalgia with its ice cream sodas in conelike paper cups in their metal base.The counter and chairs were beautiful and there was a marvellous fragrance in the atmosphere. I remember Tom from school. A real nice kid. And oh, brother, the candies..unforgettable.
I can remember agonizing over which sweet to choose. I still love the decor wih its smooth marble and gleaming wood, it is like walking onto a hollywood set. But, I have to say Peter's chocolate just tastes better. Heidi (Purvis) Staggs
I can hardly believe I went there after school when I was in 7th grade and now my grandaughter goes there after school and she is in 7th grade. Talk about being a small town.
I want to thank Charles for making it possible for me to get back in touch with Mary Whitehill and Larry Cummings through this blog. I had lost track of them many years ago and he put me back in touch. Larry and I have been e mailing regularly since. He and Mary now live in Colorado in the summer and winter in Tucson. I live full time in a little river town in North Carolina, about 20 miles from the Pamlico Sound. great for sailing and golf.John M. McCall
My Dad ALWAYS purchased one of Tommy Cumming's heart-shaped boxes of candy for my mother on their anniversary. They were married on Valentine's Day in 1952. My father passed away three years ago, but my Mom still has several of the heart-shaped boxes from the candy purchased at Cummings!
OH my! We used to go here and it was the first place where I ever had a cherry coke! It's hard to imagine how a relatively small town had so many great places - and so many candy stores. My family's favorite was the Sugar Bowl - Dad got a box of chocolates for Mom for every holiday and for their anniversary. Our Easter candy was purchased there, too. Sadly, it's another one that closed a few years ago.
Oh yes, the Cherry Cokes!
Cummings lime sodas...yum!
One of my many,many,fond memories of growing up in Butler. If I remember correctly,the sodas you would custom order were called phosphates.There was every flavor you could ever want.
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