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51 posts
May 14, 2012
7:39 PM
I think we've touched on this subject in various threads, but I think it deserves its own.

What were your favorite "head shops" from the late 60s and '70s?

I loved the old Forest Books & Records, Golden Rod, Dingleberrys, and the Village Underground. The latter was a little hole in the wall on, I think, Second St. downtown, near Flying Pizza.

My friends and I could spend hours browsing through these shops, feeling very very hip.

And there was one in the Arcade that just sold posters and paraphernalia, if I remember correctly. Not Mayers Records, which I also loved, but a strange little place that you could only get to by walking through a sort of maze within the Arcade (pre-renovation -- it was a real dump back in '71-72 or so.)

Anyone else remember?
22 posts
May 31, 2012
8:42 PM
Did "Another Bookstore" get mentioned? I remember hearing the ads for it on WVUD in 76. Finally found the place in 78. Saw my first copy of JOY OF SEX there. Ooops. Ignore that one.
Loved THE FOREST. Well do I remember the owner's concert ads on the radio. Especially the one where he had to cancel a show because of the Xenia tornado.
23 posts
May 31, 2012
8:44 PM
And there was "Within Limits" at the corner of Dayton-Xenia and Fairfeild in Beavercreek. The kids don't remember what a desolate location that intersection was until development struck.
6 posts
Jul 27, 2012
12:48 PM
Does anyone remember "Tchiffaz"(?spelling)place?It was in Kettering near Dorothy lane and Woodman.Then there was Philman's on 725.Wayne av had the Forest record store,the Art theater,and the Lemon Tree. Other places that come to mind,Armadillo's,Peaches,
Goldenrod.I remember at the Forest,they sold an x rated 45rpm record they kept behind the counter,you had to ask for it by name,it was called "stickball".
Town & Country shopping center in the back had a pizza place,a candy store,and a music store/guitar studio. I'm trying to remember what else was back there back in the late 60's.
377 posts
Jul 27, 2012
4:30 PM
I remember the Lemon Tree on Wayne. Didn't they have singers (folk singer with guitar and usually sat on a stool type). I think there was a waterbed store next door where I saw my first one. HOW COOL THIS WOULD BE - and back then, they were FULL WAVE ACTION. (had it's benefits.)
87 Buick GN

Last Edited by on Jul 27, 2012 4:31 PM
122 posts
Jul 29, 2012
8:52 AM
Philmans is still in business...same location on 725.

Here is a Youtube link...a commercial for Philmans fron the 80's.
Happy to Be
17 posts
Oct 05, 2012
6:42 PM
Dingleberrys and Golden Rod records. Just don't tell my mom because she told me that I was never allowed to go into those type of stores.
1 post
Oct 13, 2012
1:22 PM
I used to go to Tchiffaz Place in Kettering to look at the cool posters and tee shirts. They always had incense burning in there and it smelled so good.
77 posts
Oct 13, 2012
4:30 PM
OK, it's a bit south of Dayton, but "The Cupboard" off the Univ of Cincinnati campus was amazing back in the 70s. There was stuff in there that would make all but the heartiest blush! Anyone remember what "flavor" incense #47 was?

Last I was in the area, maybe three years ago, the Cupboard was still there.
maxed out
380 posts
Nov 19, 2012
2:12 PM
I remember the shops in Yellow Springs. There was one poster shop that had pictures of Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, and many others. They had black lights glowing on them to give them that Psychedelic look. (I had to look up that word for spelling purposes)
3 posts
Jan 15, 2013
3:39 PM
Anyone remember Rock n Stuff in Huber Heights? Was located on Brandt Pike at Chambersburg in the late 70s. Ironically it is now a hair salon!
1 post
Jan 26, 2013
8:32 AM
Re: Tchiffaz Place. The owner was (retired Commander) Jerry Fenlon, a former Navy and Coast Guard helocopter pilot. I frequented his shop in the early '70s. There were always interesting items - tapestries, candles, posters, beads, jewelry, and smoking paraphernalia. The manager at the time was a cute red-head named Linda. Jerry, a longtime Waynesville resident, passed away in 2008 at age 84. His memorial might still be viewable on Routsong's site. Look for William G. "Jerry" Fenlon. He was active in his community and continued flying while serving as Director of Warren County Emergency Management Agency for 21 years. By the way, "Tchiffa" was his Saint Bernard.

Last Edited by on Jan 26, 2013 8:33 AM
3 posts
Jan 26, 2013
9:56 AM
Perhaps the most obscure and one of the earliest headshops in Kettering was quietly nestled away in Oak Creek as early as 1970. Within Limits was set back behind a gas station on the southeast corner of Bigger and Andrew Roads. It was in a small strip that included a convenience store and donut shop which was probably a good business move. They focused more on posters, candles, mood lights, and incense, and less on smoking paraphernalia. Still, an early example in the area.

Last Edited by on Jan 26, 2013 9:58 AM
12 posts
Dec 19, 2014
2:15 PM
tchiffaz place I remember going to school with a brian that worked there
9 posts
Dec 21, 2014
4:44 PM
I worked at the Goldenrod in Beavercreek in 1981. Perhaps the most unusual job I've ever had.
260 posts
Dec 22, 2014
5:24 PM
wb8IMY: Is that your call sign? I was k8HEL many, many years ago….
Steve K
245 posts
Dec 23, 2014
12:03 PM
WD8DCX here..... If I remember correctly, WB8IMY works at ARRL (ham radio) headquarters in Connecticut.
11 posts
Dec 23, 2014
4:11 PM
Yes, that's my call sign. I am a Dayton native, but living in Connecticut now and working for the ARRL.
261 posts
Dec 24, 2014
5:58 AM
NIce meeting you on here. I loved my call sign but unfortunately I let it lapse. Always wanted to add a 4th letter to it, but the FCC said no..:-). Just a thought and might be of some interest. How many amateur radio enthusiasts on here, current and lapsed? Maybe on another thread…...

Last Edited by historybuff on Dec 24, 2014 5:59 AM
13 posts
Dec 25, 2014
7:15 AM
kb8dxr (lapsed)MERRY CHRISTMAS from LAKEVIEW OHIO, formally from Kettering Oh.
73 posts
Feb 14, 2015
7:50 PM
There was also a poster and incense shop on Brown Street in the early 70s, U.D. area. Can't remember the exact spot, but I think it was across from where the old magic shop was (which is now the second time around cd store)
miles away
7 posts
Feb 18, 2015
1:46 PM
Discussing head shops and record stores almost overlap and the best record stores sold the other stuff too, at least some.
Best record store: The Forest on Wayne in the late '70's/early '80's, across from the Walnut Hills bar (at the time.)
Best head shop: I forget.
86 posts
Feb 18, 2015
8:42 PM
Another vote for the Forest. I remember being shocked at age 11 or 12 when I saw the uncensored cover of John & Yoko's Two Virgins hanging on the wall. I'd found my tribe.
miles away
14 posts
Mar 13, 2015
12:41 PM
When I was younger I wasn't totally opposed to getting in a little trouble now and then for the thrill of it, but I never did feel completely comfortable just walking into a pure Head Shop. I mean; what were looking for, anyway? It was like when you closed down a bar and go stumbling into the street at 3:00 in the morning. You might as well throw your hands in the air and say "OK officer, you can arrest me now. Oh, these car keys? I wasn't gong to use them, I was just making sure I didn't loose them! I was going to walk home. Um, now which way is Kettering...?"

Oh, and the Zig Zags? "Oh, that's for when I practice re-rolling my Camel filters in case I join the French Foreign Legion some day, so I can fit in with the guys." Right. Even the excuses didn't make sense.

Anyhow, one time when I was a senior in high school, a buddy, Pete, and I decided to drop by Dingleberry's after school. I was looking for some album and Pete was going to look at paraphernalia. But before we got there we thought we'd take a few minutes to appreciate one of the cultural influences of Oaxaca, Mexico. Nothing. OK, no big deal; it wasn't my money anyway.

So we get to Dingleberry's -- and this was the original store at the corner of McEwen and 725; head shop up front, records in the back arranged in a little racetrack layout. The place was pretty small. All the walls were painted black. And it's loud. And why am I so thirsty? So I'm looking around, loosing track of time, forgetting what album it was I wanted to get, and I come across this ridiculous, life-sized stand-up cut-out of Paul Williams! Hysterical. And not really fitting in with the Dingleberry's vibe, I thought. I look around some more, and just where is the door again? and I stumble into another life-size Paul Williams! OK, now that's just bizarre. I wonder where Pete is? What was I going to buy? And where is the freakin' door? And what the-! there's Paul Williams again! Wait a minute!! Wait a minute!! It's the same guy! Oh my god, I've been walking in circles! No wonder they have so many Jethro Tull albums here! How many times have I done this? Is everybody staring at me??

I finally see Pete across the aisle, standing stone still, mouth wide open, staring up at a Linda Ronstadt poster on the wall, and man, he's not even breathing! I come up to him and say, somewhat panicked, in a loud whisper "Pete, man, I, uh... I can't find the door!"

He slowly turned his head toward me, mouth still wide open, bloodshot eyes now as big as saucers, and yelled back "I CAN'T EITHER!"

I guess we made it out of there as I do remember us graduating high school. More or less. OK officer, you can arrest me now...
295 posts
Mar 14, 2015
1:00 AM
Great story miles, but I'm surprised that you remember the experience.
558 posts
Mar 14, 2015
5:00 PM
miles away....I couldn't help but chuckle when I read your post.

Last Edited by hunt69 on Mar 14, 2015 5:01 PM

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