Isaly’s in Irwin closed down years ago, much to my dismay because I was a regular customer, heading there every Saturday with my kiddo to buy lunch meat, bread, and other sundry items. Then my kiddo and I would sit in a booth and eat a cookie, and then we’d unhitch our horse and buggy and ride on home, pa.
Isaly’s was replaced a few years ago by a deli/bakery that never really took off on account of it wasn’t Isaly’s. Here’s something you might not know: when Isaly’s closed down in Irwin, my husband seriously considered it as a place to put a Mexican restaurant, but I begged him and begged him to buy it and keep it an Isaly’s. I promised I would run it and make it successful. I couldn’t bear the thought of that history going away.
I did not get my way.
That new deli/bakery is going out of business and all of the original Irwin Isaly’s fixtures are for sale on Craigslist.
The original lamb cake pans:
The original machine that ties the strings around a bakery box:
The original signs that hung in Isaly’s:
The original CHIPPED CHOPPED HAM CHIPPER CHOPPER!
I wonder if I can convince my husband to buy all of these for me and I’ll just keep them in my kitchen.
“Kiddo. Here’s your lunch for school.”
“[sigh] Is the bread shaped like a stupid lamb again?”
“Yes. It’s adorable! I bet you’re the coolest kid at lunch!”
“Look, mom, I can deal with taking a lamb-shaped freshly chipped chopped ham sandwich to school every day, but DO I HAVE TO TAKE IT IN A BAKERY BOX TIED UP WITH STRING?”
Best mom ever.