During my childhood, I spent the summers in Bradley, SC with my grandparents. We use to ride our bikes up and down the road, around the house, around my great-grandmother’s yard, or down to my cousin’s house. Later we road minibikes. But my brothers and cousins did that more than I. It was such an innocent time.
Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley,_South_Carolina.
Smith Steifle Store
Occasionally my grandfather use to take us to the Smith Steifle Store. It was beside the Bradley Post Office and the Thomas Steifle store. I believe that Thomas and Smith were brothers. The store had groceries and other things that I don’t remember in it. The thing that I do remember was that it smelled like bananas or banana candy and wooden floors. My memory has faded but I do remember the owner being very pleasant. I believe that the exposure to this type of general store gas station is what stirs something in me when we travel to a small town. If there is any sign of wood on the exterior or older wood flooring on the floor, I am happy. I was very lucky to have that north south childhood and will always be grateful for it. When I was in SC back in October I got a chance to take pictures of the store. If you have more information, please let me know.