The last summer for Dave’s Place
After almost 20 years of jamming to ’50s music while enjoying a chicken salad wrap, coffee and tea drinkers will have to get in their last jam this summer; Dave Nichtern is retiring.
“I’m getting older, and since I’ve had health problems, it’s hard to keep the place going,” commented Dave. While it will be sad to see the jukebox go, he has created memories that many people have been able to share.
Before opening up the coffee shop Dave owned Mini Waska 76, a gas station and convenience store, in ’78 located where Cenex is currently. Although Dave had hoped to have a ’50s/’60s theme for the convenience store, there wasn’t enough room for his collection at the time so he put in “Old West” items instead. It was 20 years before Dave found a place to share his ’50s/’60s collection. After renovating the building that became Dave’s Place: The Doo Wop Coffee Shop in ’98, Dave settled in and business has been jiving ever since.
In addition to showcasing items and records collected over the years, Dave also started adding signed posters and photos of himself and his wife with famous ’50s and ’60s singers. Some memorable highlights have been the Bobby Vee visits – concerts he has performed and when he made personal visits – and when Jason Davis filmed at Dave’s Place for his On the Road tour. Other celebrities who have visited The Doo Wop Coffee Shop include Pam Tillis, Michael Johnson, Lorie Line, Paul Flatley – who played for the Vikings in the mid ’60s – and many more. Dave also remembers a time when car clubs would stop by, sometimes up to 26 cars.
While it’s for the best, Dave said he will miss the coffee shop.
“I love being out talking with people and sharing stories about the different items,” Dave mentioned. Since he’ll be taking his vast collection with him, Dave might find a shed to house the collection and room for friends to visit and chat over coffee. “It would be fun to have friends over and talk about the good old days,” added Dave.
So make sure to stop by, have some coffee and a wrap, and ask Dave about the stories connected with the various items and photos in The Doo Wop Coffee shop this summer; you’ll have a swingin’ time.