The Penn Traffic Department Store is back in business in the pages of this one-of-a-kind book. Now’s your chance to revisit this Johnstown, Pennsylvania landmark or experience its magic for the very first time. The whole true story of the legendary store, its employees, and the shoppers who loved it is right here, complete with all your favorite treats and traditions. Help yourself to Penn Way candies...have a burger and fries in the Penn Traffic restaurant...relax on the mezzanine...and wait on the sidewalk on a cold winter’s night for the grand unveiling of the most spectacular Christmas window in town. You’ll never forget this trip through history, from the store’s pre-Civil War beginnings to its dramatic finale 123 years later, with three devastating floods, an epic fire, and a high-stakes robbery in between. Hundreds of photos, never before gathered in one place, will whisk you back in time to the people and events that made Penn Traffic great...and carry you forward for a special tour of the Penn Traffic building as it stands today, complete with traces and treasures from the store’s glory days. You’ll feel like you’ve returned to the store of your dreams, especially when you cook up the authentic goodies in the Penn Traffic recipe section, handed down from the store’s own bakery and candy kitchen all-stars. If you’ve ever longed to go back to the magical department store where you always felt at home, or you just wish for a simpler, sweeter place where the air smells like baking bread and the customer is always right, step inside.
"Robert Jeschonek is a towering talent." – Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author
"Robert Jeschonek is the literary love child of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman." – Adrian Phoenix, critically acclaimed author of THE MAKER'S SONG series and BLACK DUST MAMBO
"Jeschonek´s stories are delightfully insane, a pleasure to read…" – Fabio Fernandes, FANTASY BOOK CRITIC
About the Author
Author Robert Jeschonek grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and spent many happy hours in the Glosser Bros. and Penn Traffic Department Stores in downtown Johnstown, Westmont, and the Richland Mall. Since then, he has gone on to write lots of books and stories, including Long Live Glosser’s, Christmas at Glosser’s, Easter at Glosser’s, Fear of Rain, and Death By Polka (which are all set in and around Johnstown). He’s written a lot of other cool stuff, too, including Star Trek and Doctor Who fiction and Batman comics. His young adult fantasy novel, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, won a Forward National Literature Award and was named a top ten first novel for youth by Booklist magazine. His work has been published around the world in over a hundred books, e-books, and audio books. You can find out more about them at his website, or by looking up his name on Facebook, Twitter, or Google. As you’ll see, he’s kind of crazy...in a good way. Visit him online at www.thefictioneer.com. You can also find him on Facebook and follow him as @TheFictioneer on Twitter.