The sign above the threshold promises coffee, candy, Lotto and gift supplies, but what’s really for sale at Olde Pop Shop in Lynbrook is nostalgia.
Real old-timers will revel in Bonomo Turkish Taffy, yo-yos and jacks; baby boomers will groove on Barrels of Monkeys, Magic 8 Balls and Good Humor Chocolate Eclairs; newer old-timers will thrill to Pocky sticks, Klondike Bars and oversized New Kids on the Block buttons. Every inch of space is used to display the merchandise and, indeed, there is a candy and a toy for kids of any and all ages.
Phyllis Carluccio, who presides over the shop with her husband, Mario, said that most of her young customers call it Pop’s, but older Lynbrook residents use the name they grew up with: When it moved around the corner to this location in 1953, it was called Matson’s but after the Matson family sold it in the ’80s, it was known as Jerry’s and then Bob’s. The Carluccios bought it in 2009 and added more vintage merchandise (including some collectible glassware costume jewelry) and, suspended from the ceiling, a disco ball.
In the morning, Phyllis Carluccio said, “regulars come in for coffee and a roll. I have their change ready before they hand me the money — and I can almost pick their Lotto numbers.” After school, the kids come in for a snack which they might take to the playground, or they might take a stool at the black-and-white-tiled counter to order an egg cream ($3) and watch “Leave It to Beaver” or “The Partridge Family” on TV. If it’s raining, there are board games (checkers, Scrabble, Headache) for the asking.
After work (the store is open until 7 p.m. on weekdays, 6 p.m. on weekends), Pop’s is where you’ll find the birthday card you forgot to buy earlier, or replacements for the earbuds you left on the train. Until 6 a.m. the next morning, you’re on your own.
Olde Pop Shop
142 Hendrickson Ave., Lynbrook