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


  1. Sheila,
    What a beautiful building! I LOVE old, historic places. What treasures!!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. A delightful post showing such a great place, some of its history and fantastic antiques!

  3. I'd love a BLT and a chocolate milkshake, please. :)

    Shelia that looks like a fun place. We visited a candy shop down on the Strand area when we were there. It was neat too.

    Love that song! Glen Campbell...swoon!

  4. Looks like a great place - I am so hungry right now and diner food would fit the bill!

  5. Galveston is my favorite place on the planet!!! I so love it's history and it's architecture. Thank you SO much for a peek inside!!!

  6. There is so much history in our towns and cities. Thanks for sharing some of yours.

  7. I believe I will have curried chicken salad with you, Shelia! That sounds delicious to me.

    I love this store, and I love the fact that someone appreciated the history of the building enough to reopen it after the fire and to reopen again after the flood from the hurricane. It's wonderful, Shelia, and I would love to sit right there and have chicken salaid with you and Mr. Precious.

    We were in Galveston for the day about twenty years ago, and we loved it. We were spending Thanksgiving in Houston with very close friends and went over to goof around. Do you still have that HUGE Army-Navy store? Mr. Magpie bought a Russian submarine sweater in there (that is so hot he can't wear it in Florida... well, except last winter when it was SO cold), and I bought a little navy cap. Cuteness!

    Alas, you have me longing for chicken salad which might require a car trip to get the kind I want! LOL!


    Sheila :-)

  8. I love Galveston! When I visit my Mom in Houston I love to take a drive down there. Next time a stop for lunch!!

  9. Good Morning Sheila Sweetie...
    Could you have them put up another order for the curried chicken for me too? Oh yummy. Here it is only 6:30am in the morning and I am already craving lunch. Durn. I wish I lived a little closer. My dinner may be a little old by the time they get it to me.

    I love the old time diners, and this tour has been so delightful. I love the stars, and wouldn't you just love to see those apartments? I know they are so delightful.

    I am 5ft 2 in so I am right there with you. We would need a raft or at least a life preserver.

    Thank you for taking me along this morning. I love it sweetie.

    Have a gorgeous day. Sending many hugs and much love, Sherry

  10. That is a really cool place! I'm glad they were able to restore it after the fire and the hurricane!

  11. Can you belielve I haven't been down there since high school? I have been missing out!


  12. Morning Pickle...girl I love that kind of place..I'll have an old fashion banana split!!! lol Before I even read your caption under the hemorrhoid packs..I had said the same thing you did outloud! lol lol ohhh and I love your cute little painted toe nails that reflect in the glass! lol Just checking in with you sweetie..take care and have a great ya ~Picket~

  13. That is such a neat historic building! Thanks for sharing it with us. Galveston has some really neat places!!

  14. I'll have a tall, thick, cold, chocolate milk shake with lots of nuts and maybe some cherries please!
    I just love places like this and this is so huge..would love to visit there1 :D

  15. Not quite 5' tall? I didn't know that!! But, 6' of water...I remember that Hurricane and waiting for you to come back to blog land.

    The building is wonderful and the Drugstore counters always have the best food and milkshakes!!

    I'll have that...or no wait...I'll have that, no this....well, darn, I can't make up my all sounds delicious!!!


  16. Now that is my kind of place to have lunch!!

    LOL @ the Preparation H!! *giggle*


  17. looks like a fabulous place to eat! Love the old pieces in the windows, so nice to have a place like that to go to over typical fast food.

  18. I'll have the same!

    What a great place and full of history!! LOVE THAT!

    Thank you for sharing this!

    Lou Cinda :)

  19. Oh what a wonderful place. I love it. I will definitely sit at the counter. I have one of those milkshake machines just like that and I use it all the time. It still makes the best shakes in the world. Great post. Hugs, Marty

  20. I can just imagine sitting down to a big hot fudge sundae after a bit of shopping. Heaven!


  21. Hi Shelia, thanks for the tour, I love milk shakes too, the thicker the better, lol. Your grand baby is beautiful and getting so big. Have a great time with your family.


  22. You are making me homesick. I realized that as of January this year I've been living outside of Texas for 30 years. I don't feel like it, but it's no wonder my siblings don't think I'm a Texan anymore!!!! Great post. I love the walk down memory lane.

  23. What a great place! I would love to have lunch with your there Sheila!!

  24. I would love to have lunch here!!! Congrats to owners who have spent so many years renovating it!!!

  25. Sheila, What a great place to stop and have lunch! A real icon!!!
    I love the old milkshake maker... they really haven't changed that much have they?
    And the flood marker! It is a real testiment to the Star that they survived!
    Wonderful visit!!!

  26. Looks like fun! I remember counters at Woolworth's and drug stores when I was around 5. Nice memories!

  27. That looks like such a super spot! I'd love to be there with you.

    - The Tablescaper

  28. Oh Baby, I can dig this!!! hahaha
    This historical stuff turns my crank. I sure do like it.

    I wish when I had lived in Houston that I had visited the Galveston Christmas festivities.

    God bless,

  29. Thanks for taking me along for lunch!


  30. I'll take the chicken salad....what a fun post!

  31. Oh how I love's amazing to see the Ike water lines, we've seen them so many places before and to see the spirit of the rebuild...nothing short of amazing.

    Thank you so much for your visit.

    Hugs~ J

  32. Good Morning Shelia ~

    What a wonderful post....I would love to be sitting at the counter for lunch...all of the history...I love it.

    Your grand baby is absolutely gorgeous.

    I hope you are enjoying your looks like you are.

    Smiles ~ Ramona

  33. Hi Shelia; I just love all the History behind this place... and it is so great looking inside,, love all the photos of olden things... the PH gave me a giggle,,,,, thanks for sharing it with us..... have a great tomorrow....


  34. Oh, I've been there! What a great place, and your photos are just marvelous, Shelia! :-)

    Have a wonderful Friday!

  35. Hi Sheila, I love visiting old restored buildings, but I've never been to Texas! I would like to go someday. I remember going to drugstore counters with my dad when I was little. We had a delicious chocolate soda! Linda

  36. Now I'm cravin' a chocolate ice cream soda! Thanks for the nostalgic tour of the drug store. The last time I was at Galveston I was on my senior trip. We all boarded the charter buses at midnight after senior prom. It was a five day whirlwind through Texas. Golly gee, that was 1970!!!

    God bless ya and have a fantastic weekend!!!

  37. I love places like this! I enjoyed seeing all the olden things! What a great place!


  38. I love historical and quaint places like that. I love the old soda fountains. They usually do have great food.
    Thanks for the tour.

  39. I want to belly up to that lunch bar and have lunch with you! I did not realize where you live. Now that I know (?), I have to ask if you've ever read Eric Larson's
    "Isaac's Storm". I could not put it down from start to finish!!

    Now, get on over to my blog and put your name in the "pot" for my one-year blog anniversary give away.


  40. Thank you for taking us on this wonderful tour.. I hope you dont mind if i steal this idea as I have the perfect place to take ya'll..


  41. What a fun tour Sheila!
    I loved seeing the olden drugstore and counter! Those kind of places are so fun to see, and it's so neat when they restore them and keep them going.
    I would love to see Galveston too. I always think of Glen Campbell and his wonderful song about Galveston.
    Have a nice weekend too,

  42. I enjoyed the tour immensely, Shelia. I love old buildings and I am so glad they renovated and preserved it...Christine

  43. Shelia, looks like Galveston is getting back to normal. I haven't been in many years. Need to plan a trip. ~ Sarah

  44. Hi Shelia,I too have been gone and I have missed you. We enjoyed a wonderful camping trip with our children and then my daughter came home so I could take care of her while she recovered from a shoulder surgery. We are having the best visit. I have wondered how your visit was with your daughter and grand baby. Wonderful I am sure.

    I loved viewing your favorite place to eat at the Star. Those old drug stores are wonderful. I too love milk shakes the old fashioned way. I am so glad it was renovated after the fire. Six feet of water makes me cringe. How awful to have such terrible flooding. Thank you for sharing this history and I loved the photos too.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  45. G'morn, sweet Shelia ~ Strawberry shake & cheeseburger with double cheese pul-eezzzz!

    Oh, I love places like this ... & such a beautiful job of restoration/changes.

    You are sooo teeny, Shelia ... I pictured you about 5'7" ... yup! I did.

    Have a lovely summer's day.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  46. Oh what fun, Sheila! I love the fact that they have preserved a piece of history! I remember the drug store in my little town, food, but a great soda fountain where my best friend worked after school. And the food there sounds so yummy! I hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  47. Love going places like glad they are preserving it! Loved seeing those old bottles!

  48. That is so cool Sheila...we have a place similar here in the Carolinas called Pikes. My Hubby is a pharmacist so we always appreciate this kinda stuff. Great pictures too.


I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)