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Black And White Awning

black and white awning

  • An awning or overhang is a secondary covering attached to the exterior wall of a building. It is typically composed of canvas woven of acrylic, cotton or polyester yarn, or vinyl laminated to polyester fabric that is stretched tightly over a light structure of aluminium, iron or steel, possibly

  • A sheet of canvas or other material stretched on a frame and used to keep the sun or rain off a storefront, window, doorway, or deck

  • a canopy made of canvas to shelter people or things from rain or sun

  • (awned) having awns i.e. bristlelike or hairlike appendages on the flowering parts of some cereals and grasses; "awned wheatgrass"

  • Make black, esp. by the application of black polish

  • Make (one's face, hands, and other visible parts of one's body) black with polish or makeup, so as not to be seen at night or, esp. formerly, to play the role of a black person in a musical show, play, or movie

  • being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light; "black leather jackets"; "as black as coal"; "rich black soil"

  • the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

  • blacken: make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"

  • Paint or turn (something) white

  • a member of the Caucasoid race

  • being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light; "as white as fresh snow"; "a bride's white dress"

  • whiten: turn white; "This detergent will whiten your laundry"

Downtown Oscoda yet again

Downtown Oscoda yet again

Yet another shot of downtown Oscoda. This one is also from around 2004. Check the picture's comments for more information on each building.

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Starting at the far left, the red awning is the former IGA. It had been open since 1946, despite a couple brief closures over time (mom recalls it being closed for a while in 1987, and ownership changes led to a brief closure around 2002). It was vacant when this picture was taken, and has since become a Dollar General.

Also, barely visible in front of the former IGA is a walkup Dairy Queen which has been there since at least the 1950s. It's only open during the summer.

Next is a credit union which has changed names twice: Iosco School Employees, then Iosco Community, now Alpena Alcona Area.

To the right of it is the Edelweiss Tavern, which has been around since at least the 1930s.

The beige building was Belyn Style Shoppe, then Country Closet. After a period of vacancy, it was remodeled (the remodel was nearly done at the time of this picture) for Landmark Title.

To the right of that is an empty gap. I remember it being a hobby shop, which closed and became a gift shop called Three Wishes. I remember Three Wishes as having all sorts of esoteric gifts, from Beanie Babies to incense to Star Trek Monopoly games. The store burned down and was never rebuilt.

Next is the former Babcock 5 & 10 variety store. It was later a fitness center called Lady Elite, and since then, it’s had a hard time staying occupied. Three Wishes briefly used it for overflow. It was once again vacant in this picture, and in more recent incarnations it’s been a scrapbook shop and a thrift shop. It’s vacant YET AGAIN.

The red trim building was a maternity shop called Lady in Waiting, combined with a shoe store called State Street Shoes. After Lady in Waiting moved to East Tawas, it was a Flagstar loan center for a short time. It’s now a photo studio.

The green trimmed building seems to date from the 1930s, and I’m pretty sure it was originally built for A&P (I know A&P was somewhere near the middle of the block). A&P ended up moving three times (first sometime in the 1950s, I think) before finally closing its Oscoda store in 1992. The building here has been a hardware store, an auto parts store and an art gallery; Lovey’s opened in the late 1990s. Lovey’s began in Fenton in a former Ben Franklin store.

The blue building was once Cathy’s Hallmark for about a year. In this picture, it was Village Clothier and Hair Stop! hair salon; within the past couple years, it’s replaced the blue overhang with a black and white awning and rebranded as Studio 121.

Finally, the rightmost building is the current location of Cathy’s Hallmark, since 1981. Before that, it was Huron Hardware. This is one of the biggest Hallmark shops I’ve ever seen.

How the Light Gets In

How the Light Gets In

"Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack,
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in."

--Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

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