‘Miracle on 34th Street’ in Hampden

Christmas lights on the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden have brightened our holidays since the 1980s. Each house has its own theme and passion for the season.

For 73 years, Darlene Hughes has lived on 34th Street in Hampden. She and her family always loved putting up tons of Christmas lights year after year. She later married Bob Hosier and they transformed this street in the 1980s to what we now know of as “Miracle on 34th Street.”

You can park on the streets surrounding the block, just be sure to check the signs. As always, the earlier the better, and wear your masks 🙂 There is a convenient shop called Treehouse Cafe and Juice Bar just caddy-corner to the street that has hot drinks. I recommend you get this after you explore, so you can be masked up for the experience. You could also order a meal to-go from the restaurants on The Avenue, just 2 blocks north.

Thanks for lighting up our lives!

The Food Market in Hampden

On Sunday, we were wanting some “Funchies, Brunchies, and Lunchies” and we got just that at The Food Market along The Avenue in Hampden. They set up cones in the street to allow for greater safety of the patrons with their outdoor sidewalk seating.

I had the Fall Mimosa, which tasted just like a glorious Autumn day, and the savory turkey sausage tacos. All of the meals and drinks we got were e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. We can’t wait to go back to try out other menu items.

After you finish up here, go next-door to the Double Dutch Boutique (winky face at my previous jump rope career), which is a 2-story shop with a good clearance section. Then, take a walk down Falls Road to the north to The Greenhouse for a beautifully crafted new plant decor, and relaxing views to the west.