The little Cajun town of Rayne, Louisiana is known as the Frog Capital of the World, and as such has many murals dedicated to frogs. You can read the history of Rayne here, and a little about the Frog Festival experience from my outsider perspective here.
While visiting Rayne for the festival, I was excited to find an old-time downtown where an independent hardware store, a pharmacy unaffiliated with any chain, and most exciting to me, a five and dime, are still in business.
Worthmore 5 & 10 has been around since the 30s, and looks it. The walls inside are all pegboard and took me back to the McCrory's in my hometown. My Nana used to call it the five and ten, even though it had been a long time since anything cost a nickle or a dime there. (My younger festival-going friend didn't even know the term "five and ten" or "five and dime," making me realize what relics the phrases were.)
In fact, some of the goods for sale in this 5 & 10 were the very same items I bought at McCrory's--a banana clip for the hair, for example. Much of the merchandise inside Worthmore looked like it was new during the Nixon administration, like day-glow acetate nightgowns still in their plastic wrap. LOVED it in there. None of my covert photos in the store came out well, though. (We were already getting eyeballed in the store; I didn't want to heighten suspicion by taking pictures.)
This vibrantly painted women's boutique is the only clothing store we saw.
Behold: a living hardware store!
...with wooden screen doors.