I grew up in the 70's going to the Hurricane house. We lived in town. My whole family are all native to the area. Me, my twin sister and our best friend would go to the HH and get some penny candy after going around asking for a dollar from dad and pop while they were working on cars in pops garage that was in the yard. Then we'd ask gram for a dollar too. After we got our candy we would sit on the church step and enjoy it and have a ball! Pop used to get us ice cream from there and bring it over some nights unexpectedly. I loved the atmosphere. I haven't been there for quite a few years, but the last time I was there, it had changed A LOT! It's just not the same. The food wasn't great when I went when I was a kid, but they had the old phone booth a piano that played by itself and who can forget the big scale! I loved the high booths. I think there are only a couple left. The penny candy was gone too. I love tootsie rolls and sweedish fish and 5 cent candy cane sticks, different flavors. They were in clear canisters and the person working would have a little tiny brown paper bag and you tell her what you wanted, usually a dollar's worth. I am so happy I had that experience! I loved growing up in Barnegat with all of my relatives, mom's side and dads. I loved the craft store with the two white haired sister's that didn't really care for us kids coming in with hardly any money. We'd usually by some stickers or some sparkly pipe cleaners to make into shoe laces! Then their was the mini mall. That was when I was around 12 or 13. I feel bad for kids today. Too many distractions from stuff like this.
I have such fond memories! I hope someone will read this and maybe fix it back to the way it was and when I come back for a visit, I can take a good trip down memory lane!