Saturday, July 3, 2010

Downtown Delight USA


In an age where indoor and highway strip malls rule, it's always a real joy to skip the norm and go local. I lived in Pompton Lakes, NJ a few years ago and really dug the town's "main street" (which happens to be called Wanaque Avenue). A hop, skip and jump from my studio, Pompton Lakes makes a perfect afternoon break in wonderful Friday afternoon weather.

Flip Side Records

Today’s camera-in-hand was my Polaroid One600 camera using PX 600, an instant monochrome film recently introduced by The Impossible Project. The Impossible Project is responsible for re-introducing film for Polaroid SX-70 and Polaroid 600 cameras (Polaroid discontinued manufacturing film in 2009).

Flip Side Records
Flip Side Records is a vinyl lovers haven. Stop in and see owner Dan Dondiego. Pictured is Joey K wearing the LP jacket of the Joe E Ross Tribute album.

Flipside Records is a legendary New Jersey record store that has a bounty of used records - the kind of records you just don't find anywhere else no less at a decent price. As you can see, it is sort of a free for all so it takes a little digging but it is always worth the trouble. There is always something ridiculously weird or cool to discover there although it may be hidden under scattered beer bottles or next to a zucchini in a birdcage.”
- Tracy

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Taquerra Selena
Authentic Mexican food at Taquerra Selena

This is one of those hole in the wall, family-owned restaurants that cooks amazing food.. and you'll never find unless you happen to be passing by, and want to roll the dice on a place that doesn't look like much” – Brian B., NYC

Charisma 7
Charisma 7 Antiques

The floor, walls and ceiling are simply inundated with great merchandise from decades past. If you can, set aside a couple of hours to roam the store.” – Corey G.

Polaroid One600 Classic Instant Camera

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Joe E. Ross (March 15, 1914 – August 13, 1982) was an American actor known for his trademark "Ooh! Ooh!" exclamation, which he used in many of his roles.

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  1. Talkin' about vintage and polaroids... why don't you take a look at this abandoned photographic store in Pompeii?
    Rembering its glorious days full of tourists...
    Look at the first five-six pictures.
    Greetings from Italy!

  2. Anthony,
    Thanks for the comments. Great Pompeii Set.

  3. Thanks, Michael, for calling attention to our business district, which is also 'our home away from home.' As the owner of Charisma 7 Antiques and Vintage Clothing, I can honestly say your images well depict our very eclectic town center. We were established in 1983, and truly appreciate the kind and dedicated people, like yourself, that appreciate us! Stop in to say hello!