It was one of those neighborhood kind of places where the kids rode their bikes in search of the perfect piece of candy or gum. You know the kind: you walk through the glass door and you see the old hardwood floors that are darkened with footsteps of others who have shopped in that same store. There's an old cash register on the counter, complete with the "ching" when a sale is made. It's not a big store, in fact, I remember it being a tad bit on the crowded side.
I mostly rode to Nicely's after swimming in the pool, which is just down the street. There were times when I probably snuck over there when I was out riding my bike, too. And, I may or may not have looked at the curb of the street for any amount of change that I could convert into candy or gum. What a treasure it was when I found a nickel or a dime instead of a penny! You would have thought we found gold!
Nicely's wasn't just a candy store: it was an actual small grocery store. I'm not 100% sure if it had a meat counter, but it does seem like there was one in the back.
Mule Barn!) The building has been used by the Masons, so it isn't empty.
Every now and then you'll see kids on their bikes with bags in their hands, but they aren't coming from Nicely's...they're coming from a convenient store that is across the street that has gone through several different names. Just seeing the kids on their bikes brings a smile to my face with the memories of my childhood in the Small Town.