Wishing you all a very happy 2017!
I wanted to come up with something special to welcome in the new year and to thank you again for your readership in the past, and I'm hoping this fits the bill.
Whenever the subject of Sears comes up here, it's almost inevitable that someone brings up the candy and popcorn counter, and the amazing sights, tastes and wonderful smells to be enjoyed there. The delicious aroma permeated wide swaths of the sales floor, often following you as you browsed through the Craftsman tools, Kenmore appliances and Ted Williams sporting goods.
I believe this popcorn/candy counter photo, from an original slide in my collection dated January 1964, is of the Oakbrook Center (IL) location, but can't say that with absolute certainty.
Sorry I'm unable to duplicate that marvelous smell for you here, but I'm hoping this photo helps bring it to mind. And of course I'd buy you the 39 cent-sized popcorn - we have a lot of shopping to do!