Mixed Business

It wasn’t the beautiful days on the beach. It wasn’t Christmas. It wasn’t endless games of cricket and it wasn’t playing with all their mates.

The best part of the kids holiday was when Mr.Woog gave them $2 each and let them loose in the Mixed Business Store on the road that exits Umina.

Now the interesting thing about this little shop is that they sell lollies old school style, you know, like when we were kids. I remember being given 20 cents every day for my bus fare home. The bus driver didn’t ever ask for the fare, so it was never offered. Instead I would get off one stop early, at the bus stop outside the local Mixed Business, and got down to business.

“One spearmint leaf, three cobblers, 2 milk duds…..” and so on and so on. The man behind the counter was very patient and very good at maths, and he would add them up as I went.

“7 cents… 9 cents….”

So I was delighted to see that this practice was still going on, thirty years later. The only thing that has changed, is the price. It used to be one cent per lolly.

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I have never seen such happiness….

And remember these?

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Proper Slush Puppies! And then there are the sandwiches. More interestingly, DEVON sandwiches.Or perhaps a Scallop Roll might be more your thing. Me? I cannot go past a salad sambo for the bargain price of $3.50…

And the man behind the counter in this instance, did in actual fact have the patience of a saint, as he listened and waited, tongs poised to dish out unusual lollies named Chickens Feet, Purple Clouds and Sour Straps. But he also dealt in the old school classics.

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My favourite thing about the whole encounter was when the shopkeeper complimented Jack on his selection.

“That is a very fine mix young man!” Which pleased him no end.

And then we learnt the hard way why you should not give kids lollies at the beginning of a car trip. A trap for young players, my friends!

What was your favourite lolly as a kid?

Did you have a mixed business nearby that was run by a very friendly fellow?