|Mrs USA 1993 Melanie Patterson|
Former Mrs. USA turns house into living museum enabling guests to re-experience their childhood
BELLE VERNON, PA – There aren’t many guest houses in America where a June Cleaver look-a-like greets travelers as they check in for their stay – but that’s exactly what happens at “The Good Ole Days House,” where the ’50s through the ’70s come alive.
Ace Waggoner, 62, of Riverside Calif., recently was welcomed by proprietor Melanie Patterson, when he brought his wife home to the Mon Valley to visit family. For the Waggoner’s travelling home not only entailed logging some 3,000 miles but also about 50 decades. “This is my third time here,” he said. “I like the décor, it’s similar to what I grew up with; we’ve never seen a place like this.”
The 1928 house boasts working rotary telephones, glass milk jars and metal bread boxes while a Ladies Home Journal capturing Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding day graces the coffee table in the living room retrofitted with a circa-1950’s television. The bathroom houses a 1928 clawfoot tub where guests can suds their hair with “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific” and “Lemon Up” shampoos. And while the game room might not boast an in-home theater, it does come equipped with a record player that spins popular 45” singles, as well as authentic toys and pinball machines from the ’70s.
The house, with its honeymoon-themed “Happy Days Hideaway for 2” located in her aunt’s neighborhood beauty shop occupying the backyard, is the inspiration of entrepreneur Melanie Patterson. Patterson is a former teacher, 1993 Mrs. Pennsylvania USA and national Mrs. USA title holder and inventor of PIBS (paper bibs on a roll that sold at local supermarkets for more than a decade), said she faithfully attended Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) Entrepreneurial Growth Conference (EGC) where keynote speakers encouraged her to market to baby boomers.
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