Many of us were rightly saddened to hear that Hinkle's was closing in the fall of 2017, but I'm happy to report that the new owners are keeping the lunch counter open! I had a chance to visit in April 2018 and despite the temporary dividing wall, the lunch counter was up and running and my grilled shifter sandwich was delish!
Below is my original piece on Hinkle's written in 2010 shortly after I started Retro Roadmap. HOWEVER I have an updated version of it that I got to write for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's PreservationNation blog which includes updated photos and a famous sandwich served at their lunch counter!
When in Columbia PA do yourself a favor and check out Hinkle's Pharmacy and lunch counter on Locust Street - still family owned and operated since 1893. For a more modern looking surprise, drive just past their big blue awning on the corner of Locust S. 3rd and check out their mid century modern mosaic on the side of the building!
OK so you may not need to fill a prescription, but I'm sure there's something you can find to buy at Hinkle's!
Need a greeting card? Head to the Thoughtfulness Shop:
How about a box of chocolates? Everybody loves a box of chocolates!
Or something for the man in your life?
( Retro Roadhusband was relieved when I came home with just a can of shaving cream for him!)
Or, if you are feeling hungry, sit down at the counter and have a snack or a meal. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and specials daily!
They also have all your standard health and beauty items, pain relievers, gifts for every occasion, local brand snacks, toys for the kiddies and a bunch more. No excuse not to check out Hinkle's!