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Well, I’ll be…

We were talking in the thread below about strange store combinations we have known. I give you: Walker’s Shoes and Cheese.

The internet said it was in Smithville, but I remember it outside of town. Why yes, it has a footprint on the internet.

The picture came from this Facebook page. This guy from Boonetown called his autobiography Shoes and Cheese, which doesn’t seem like a coincidence. I never heard of Boonetown; it looks like a suburb of Nashville.

Then I found this 42-second clip of a not especially musical young man singing of a little number called “Please take me back to Walker’s Shoes and Cheese.” It’s definitely our Walker’s Shoes and Cheese because he describes it as “two miles North of Smithville, Tennessee.”

And yes, “our” Walker’s Shoes and Cheese. There also appears to be one in Kansas City. No. No idea.

What’s that you say? The backstory? My mother asked. They said, “we used to be a shoe store and then somebody gave us a cooler.”


Comment from lauraw
Time: November 4, 2021, 9:50 pm

In my faintest childhood memories, we had a transmission repair place that also sold fresh hot cooked chicken in Hartford, Connecticut. Yep.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 4, 2021, 11:16 pm

Here in Sarasota County we have a nice Italian shop with fresh bread, cheese, meats, sauces, spices, etc., and then there’s the other side of the shop with Indian (the Asian ones) goods. Multiple colors of lentils, four different brands of Basmati rice, rack after rack of sauces, chutneys, pickles, and other goodies.

Prosciutto samosas, anyone?

And then there was the combination fireworks and tobacco smoke shop. I gave that one a wide berth. It isn’t there anymore.

Comment from Pupster
Time: November 4, 2021, 11:52 pm

Just south of Charlotte across the state line into South Carolina is a gas-station farm-market liquor-store flea-market, not that unusual I guess, but what makes me giggle a little is that they also used to be a fireworks stand. The roof over the gas pumps in front still says FIREWORKS.

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: November 5, 2021, 12:03 am

Up in Wisconsin they have Taxidermy and cheese https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/18097
Oddest I’ve ever personally experienced, though, was Lord Jim’s Archery Den & Doll House Miniatures here in my home town. Well and, OK, the Indian (as in “subcontinent”) /Mexican takeout joint in Gaithersburg, MD…

Comment from Mitch
Time: November 5, 2021, 12:04 am

Stoaty? https://imgur.com/gallery/7zYAGhA

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 5, 2021, 12:13 am

There’s a place over in Plano Tx that I drive by on occasion.

Kung Fu

I realize it could be one next to the other, and the sign covers both.

Then again….

Samurai Delicatessen

Up north of us between “the Colony” and Lewisville there’s a gas/convenience store that’s on the line.
You can buy wine and beer on the Colony side, but not on the Lewisville side.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: November 5, 2021, 11:16 am

The only association I can make between feet and cheese is not a savory one.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: November 5, 2021, 5:17 pm

Mitch – I have so many questions!

Comment from Mike In Fairfax
Time: November 6, 2021, 5:16 am

Sorry, to give y’all the dry heaves, but it’s true:

1) Cheese gets its smell from the same bacteria found in unwashed feet and body odor.


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