This is the site of the former I.P. Hudgins store and New Point Post office, also known as Hubert's. Mr. Hubert sold many things here, from bubba boots to penny candy to sandwiches to crab pot wire.
According to the book History and Progress, Mathews County, Virginia, by the Mathews Historical Society, he was "the only dealer for Keystone crab pot wire between Norfolk and Colonial Beach."
According to Johnny Pugh, a walking encyclopedia of the New Point area, Mr. Hubert was also the inventor of the 4-hole crab pot.
(Because CBW's brain
These next shots were taken just outside the storefront windows. The store is no longer in operation, but the post office next door is.
Who remembers Nolde's bread?
(Chesapeake Bay Woman, put your hand down. Also, please resist the urge to break out the bologna and cheese that you savored in between this bread back in the days of
I'm not sure how far the Nolde's bread market spanned, but the bakery was based in Richmond, and loaves regularly made their way to the Chesapeake Bay Family household, where it was quickly and eagerly devoured.
Although there's nothing especially cool about smoking, I think this Kool sign with the store's operating hours is very cool. I especially love the reflection in the window of the old buildings across the street. Although you can't tell in this photo, the buildings are white and green, the same colors as the sign.
So much more could be said about this marvelous old store, but for now I'll just close by saying