This week on Not So Long Ago, GM jumps all the way back to the top of Wisconsin to S St. Nowadays it’s home to the Homemade Pizza Co. and Cafe Divan.
As we’ve seen in earlier entries, several stores on Wisconsin Ave. were simply of an era gone by. That includes a video store and a whole store for books on tape. And this week we add another dead, or nearly dead, industry to the group: travel agents. In the space that currently houses the Homemade Pizza Co. there once was Adventures in Travel. And according to Google, this company is still around, now located up in Glover Park. Who knew there were still travel agents?
By 1997, this space hosted the late great Spiral Yoga, which closed last year.
Next to the travel agency was a frame store called Rowe House. It eventually moved across and down the street to next to Wagner’s Liquor. Sadly it closed a year or so ago.
Next to Rowe House was Apricots Deli, with the ubiquitous Gyros poster you see in all Greek restaurants.
Both of these spaces were eventually combined into Cafe Divan, a fantastic Turkish restaurant that offers sit-down service as well as take-out. They even run a small hotel!