Sunday, August 7, 2011
Commemorative Islanders tees back in the shop...Bay Head & Mantoloking editions.
They opened the shop in 1964, 1st in Bay Head, then Mantoloking as well. They had several other short lived locations in Ortley, Ship Bottom and possibly others. They had 1 in Long Branch for some years...how and why this one was opened is a cool story in itself. They ran the shops while they attended college....1 at Yale and the other Harvard...really smart dudes....1600 SATs and all. Anyhow, they closed up the Bay Head and Mantoloking shops in 1971, but the Long Branch shop remained open. The Long Branch shop was being managed by Vince 'Peanuts' Troniec...they sold that shop to him and he ran it for quite a while until they changed the highway and the shop had to be torn down.
Sorry if there's any inconsistencies, but that's straight from Ted's mouth as he recalled things...there was more, but a different story for a different time. Some years back, Ted asked me to print some commemorative tees...for the Bay Head and Mantoloking shops only. We went over to his Mantaloking house and he peeled an original Islanders sticker from the upstairs window (still have it) and told me to print some up...we added "remembered" of course. We did them a couple of times over the years...this being 40 years after closing and with some of the locals asking for a re-run, I figured it was good timing. Ted always told me, "if anyone asks where they came from, tell em to contact me and I'll handle it". Owning a shop in Bay Head for 16 years, I've heard so many stories about the local shop and have seen quite a few boards from there...mostly Hansens.
I'd love to hear more stories, so share them if you've got them. Tees are available at the shop for sale and we can send them out if needed.
Keep the Faith and have an awesome day!