Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz, too.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.



Snickers was my candy bar. I also had a taste for Nestle Triple Deckers. Long gone. My wife, in her youth, liked Valomilks. She bought one a few years ago at a specialty store and didn’t like it. Too sweet.

My dad was big on Planter’s Peanut and Mr. Goodbar. I used to buy a Mr. Goodbar before visiting his grave.

Canada, that’s a great candy vacation. Kit Kat, not bad.

Chunky . . . I miss the idea of Chunky. I liked the Arnold Stang Chunky commercials.

Anna Soltzberg, my grandmother, ran a candy store at 15102 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, from 1927 to 1937. Here’s some of her the inventory: Mr. Goodbar, Sensen breath mints, Boston Wafer, halvah, Coca-Cola, peanut bars, chocolate-covered cherries, Uneeda biscuits, Dentyne, Lifesavers, Tootsie Rolls, Oh Henry, and cigars such as White Owl, Dutch Master, Websters, Cinco, Murad, John Ruskin and Charles the Great Pure Havana. (I got these brands from studying a photo of her store with a magnifying glass.) Candy stores were a common first business for immigrants.

When did Snickers first come out?

[Googled.] 1930. Frank Mars named the bar after his horse.

Reese. Who was Reese?

Here’s my Sunday Plain Dealer essay about playing gigs and not playing gigs. “The gigs disappeared. Now it’s all just talk.”

Irwin Weinberger and I played a nursing home yesterday. It was our first indoor gig in front of a live audience in 14 months.

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1 Mark Schilling { 05.12.21 at 9:09 am }

Like Alice, my taste buds have changed. Most Boomer treats now taste too sweet/heavy/cloying in various combinations. But I still have an undying love of the nickel Fudgesicles I used to buy at the corner drugstore in Barberton. Pure chill chocolate heaven. I find reasonable facsimiles here.

2 Rev Don Friedman { 05.12.21 at 1:08 pm }

Dentists in the 40’s and 50’s must have loved candy. they made a living fixing cavities. I was a candy freak and a dental patient. Now I am a disciplined chocolate lover. for me it’s Ghiardelli 72% dark with almonds. About 4 squares a week. $3.49 at Heinens.

3 Ken Goldberg { 05.12.21 at 2:36 pm }

I was tempted to buy a vintage Mr. and Mrs. Peanut S&P shakers the other day in an antique shop…. You should offer to participate in Snickers ads. Have you been to the candy store on Euclid Avenue near the Fifth Street Arcades. Many of the ol’ favorites and so much more. I got into the Canadian candy bars at Camp Ramah in Canada – actually British, some of them. I always include ageratum in selecting annuals for my window boxes in honor of my father. I used to try to locate a Payday before each performance evaluation at NOACA. To each his own….

4 marc adler { 05.12.21 at 2:51 pm }

I liked and still do Charlestown Chew. You may not have them in Cleveland. I think they were made in Boston.
Also Necco wafers made in Cambridge Mass. Can’t go wrong with Three Musketeers or Reeses.

5 David Korn { 05.13.21 at 8:59 am }

Milky Way Midnight. It is hands-down the best candy bar, or at least the best that still around. See’s makes a dark chocolate-covered almond-studded nougat bar, but I sorta consider that a specialty item, not something at CVS.

6 Dave Rowe { 05.13.21 at 4:04 pm }

Candy Man is the title to three different tunes,Sammy Davia had the big hit with one,Roy Orbison sang and wrote one – th Grateful Dead came up with another, ” If the horse don’t gatt a carry that load.

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