We know you came to dance!
Out of Towners, swing dancers, welcome! If you get a chance while you’re in town for Jingle Bal, you might try to visit Casablanca Vintage. It’s 10 minutes from the Contemporary Dance Theater. Plenty of local swing dancers and lovers of vintage style have unearthed treasures there.
- They regularly have suit pants and coats,
- vintage ties and bowties and suspenders,
- leather shoes for men and women,
- and hats too, if that’s your thing.
There’s no guarantee of what they will have. One weekend I went there and there were loads of vintage lace-ups and wedges. I picked up one pair of shoes because I didn’t want to be greedy. I came back for the wedges the very next weekend, having become greedy, but unbeknownst to me someone had swooped in and bought the new dead stock wedges in my size. I suspect Mary Richardson.
Down the street from Casablanca Vintage is a vinyl records store you can walk to, which is Black Plastic Records. A bit further up the way, you may want to get back in your car, is Shake It Records. If you’re a vinyl fan you may want to check out what they have.
And without having to re-park your car, there are several restaurants down here as well. Some are pricey and some are less pricey. Arcade Legacy is a hotdog stand/arcade across the street from Casablanca vintage which won’t break your bank and you can play your favorite 80’s games in the cabinets, like the Simpson’s, Rampage, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Nearer to the Contemporary Dance Theater are several restaurants, including Swad Indian, which I rather like and plus they deliver, FYI.
Red Rose Jems is good but not quick sit-down Italian.
I have not been to, but also nearby are Brink Brewing, Rasheedah’s Café, College Hill Coffee, and the Chinese restaurant with the cringe-worthy name, Chung Ching.
15 minutes to the east of the Contemporary Dance Theater is Talk of the Town, on Reading Rd. They are a Vintage/Costume shop. You might find a 20’s style vest on the second floor, and come back downstairs for a pirate costume on the first floor. Mighty convenient!