Throwback Thursday: Rockford’s Toad Hall
If you're a long-time Rockford or Rockford-area resident, you're probably familiar with Toad Hall. Shortly after starting here at WROK (back in the day when we still played music, and some of it from vinyl), my old friend, and long-time on-air personality Chuck Doyle took me over to Toad Hall to stock up on a bunch of music for our oldies show, The Saturday Night Cruise.
Well, as I soon discovered, Toad Hall had (and has) a lot more to offer than just music. As Toad Hall says on their website,
Toad Hall is full of treasures and items that you are probably not going to be able to find anywhere else.
- Records (33s, 45s, and 78s)
- Music (Cd's, Reel to Reel, Cassettes, 8-Tracks)
- And plenty of other unusual items
I discovered in short order that whenever I visit, I should expect to spend more time there than I intended because the place is literally packed with interesting and intriguing items. Time really does fly by in there.
It's not just folks from our area who find Toad Hall to be so unique. When the crew at American Dealers (a web series that tells the stories of vintage and antiques dealers from across the country) heard about Rockford's somewhat hidden gem (2106 Broadway) a couple of years ago, they just had to bring their cameras and take a look around: