Monday, December 14, 2009

Gibson Plans 1920s-Style Sweets Shop Downtown

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 12:26 PM

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Gibson Guitar Inc. has transported a 1926 candy store from Michigan to Nashville and will reopen it in January on Lower Broadway.

Diana's Sweet Shoppe operated in Port Huron, Mich., from 1926-2001. Gibson acquired the shop and is reassembling the interior at 315 Broadway, next to Hatch Show Print.

The shop is scheduled to open Jan. 14 and will sell sandwiches, old-fashioned fudge, ice cream and candies to downtown workers and tourists.

A "really cool" aspect of the shop is a working violano virtuoso from the 1920s, says Benjamin Goldberg. The restaurateur (Paradise Park Trailer Resort) and his brother Max are serving as consultants on the project.

The violano virtuoso is a remarkable invention from the era, a self-playing violin and piano working inside a glass-and-wood case. Diana's also has a working Model T pie wagon that will be on display.

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