Mississippi October 09, 2015
10 Retro Places In Mississippi That Will Take You Back In Time
Whether you’ve experienced it first hand or you’re just curious about the past, there’s something so intriguing about revisiting places of yesteryear. And if you’re looking for that nostalgic feeling, these 10 places will definitely deliver!
1. Mayflower Café, Jackson
Opened in 1935, the Mayflower Café is the capital city’s oldest operating restaurant. The café’s retro feel is hard to ignore and even caught the attention of movie executives who decided to feature the restaurant in 2011’s “The Help.”
2. Borroum’s Drug Store, Corinth
In continuous operation since its opening in 1865, Borroum’s is practically guaranteed to transport you back in time. And if the countless artifacts and antiques that decorate the place aren’t enough to do it, grabbing an old fashioned milkshake at the soda fountain counter should do the trick.
3. Brent’s Drugs, Jackson
From the black and white checkered floor to the colorful stools and booths that line the old-fashioned soda shop, the atmosphere at Brent’s is definitely reminiscent of a time long gone. And don’t think the retro vibe ends there, as the menu is filled with classics like omelets, burgers, and, of course, root beer floats.
4. Former Greyhound Bus Terminal, Jackson
Originally built in the 1930’s, this Greyhound station has since been restored and turned into an office space for the architecture firm of Robert Parker Adams. Aside from the building maintaining its classic look and feel, it is also historically significant as three Freedom Riders were arrested here for using white facilities.
5. Lovelace Drugs, Ocean Springs
The iconic drugstore and soda fountain has been serving the Ocean Springs area since the 1950’s. From the vintage décor to the historic building to the delicious malts, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic once you step inside this local favorite.
6. Blue and White Restaurant, Tunica
The award-wining restaurant has been a Tunica landmark since 1937 - at which time it included a tobacco and newsstand, Greyhound bus stop, full service restaurant, and a service station. The retro signage may be what draws people in, but it’s definitely the traditional Mississippi cooking combined with the nostalgic atmosphere that keep them coming back.
7. Velvet Cream, Hernando
Owned and operated by the same family since its opening in 1947, the fast food drive-in (which was originally named “Dippity Doo”) hasn’t changed much over the years and definitely has some major retro appeal. Whether you walk up to the window and place your order or pick up your food from the drive-thru, be sure to try one of their famous milkshakes.
8. Brookhaven Skating Rink, Brookhaven
Does it get more retro than a roller skating rink that has been opened since the 70’s? Whether you’re looking for a fun family outing or a venue to host that party or reunion, the Brookhaven Skating Rink has got you covered.
9. Phillips Drive In (P.D.I.), Laurel
The one time Dairy Queen has been serving Laurel since 1947. And since it became P.D.I. in the 1960’s, not much has changed – and that’s perfectly fine. The made-to-order hamburgers and specialty sandwiches are extremely popular amongst locals and have even been recognized in publications such as “Mississippi Magazine.”
10. Walker’s Drive In
The Jackson mainstay has been serving up award-winning food for quite some time now. The restaurant, whose unique, retro look has garnered attention from locals and tourists alike, promises an “upscale experience in a casual atmosphere.”
Have you visited any of the places listed? Know of other retro spots in the state? Tell us in the comments section below. And, as always, pictures are welcome too!