Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Let's Have A Little Lunch!

Hello, Dear Ones! We have so many wonderful little historic places here on the island and I thought I would take you to one of my favorites for lunch today!

This is the Star Drug Store in the olden downtown section of Galveston.

Very olden...the land where this building sits was bought in 1886 and two buildings were built here. The Levy Building and the Star Drug Store. Just so you'll know, one of Galveston's most renowned architects was hired to design the building ~ Nicholas Clayton. We have so many old historic homes which he also designed.

Before we go inside, let's peak into the display windows. Here you'll see many olden bottles from the days of yore that were to keep you well and feeling young!

Oh, my goodness! :)

Now this is what I love to see ~ an olden milkshake mixer! If I'd lived in 1886, I would have been all over this puppy! I love milkshakes! :)

The olden cash register to ring up your purchases. Now, let's go inside...

Isn't this wonderful? In 1917, the Star was fully operational and had a horseshoe shaped tiled soda fountain counter that was added to the pharmacy.

In the 1920s, the Star changed hands and continued to operate until 1982. The integrity of the drug store was kept and it also altered history ~ the Star became the first desegregated lunch counter in Galveston!

There's lots of olden memorabilia here. Look up to the second story landing! Notice all of the stars embedded in the counter and all around the building.

Now I must tell you, the food here is excellent! Mr. Precious and I have sat at this lunch counter and eaten beef stew many times. Then in 1998 there was a terrible fire here and the Star was closed due to the damage. :(

The Star was sold again and the restoration began. It took the present owners five years to complete the renovations to the building. There are even two loft apartments upstairs. Isn't this safe a beautiful thing?

Sorry for the blurry picture. I believe I was a little overwhelmed when I took this photo. You see, I'm not quite five feet tall and there was 6 feet of water that filled this store during Hurricane Ike! This is the marker at the back of the Star.

Well, that's the tour, Dear Ones. Please pull up a chair or would you rather sit at the counter? Let's order...I'll have the Curried Chicken Salad, what'll you have?

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


Galveston, oh Galveston,
I still hear your sea winds blowin'

I still see her dark eyes glowin'
She was 21 when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston,
I still hear your sea waves crashing

While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin' out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run

Galveston, oh Galveston,
I am so afraid of dying

Before I dry the tears she's crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston
~sung by Glen Campbell