One of Auburn's lost landmarks was the Sani-Freeze on East Glenn Avenue. The humble little building was originally a sandwich shop called the Doll House which opened in the late 1930's. The building was later rented and re-opened as a dairy bar called Barber's Sani-Freeze in 1952. Apparently because of Sani-Flush toilet cleaner advertisements, the Sani-Freeze was inevitably nicknamed The Flush. Despite the name, it was a local hangout and popular landmark on a par with Toomer's Corner.
The Flush was forced to close its doors in 1993 to make way for a bank that owned the property and wished to build a new branch there. There were initially plans to move the building but it was discovered to be structurally unsound and demolished. While the Sani-Freeze reopened in a shopping center, the charm was lost and it closed entirely a few years later.
I lived in Auburn just a few years too late to experience the original "Flush" and I admit I don't remember the shopping center location at all. But this was a subject for which I had several requests from Auburn alumni.
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June 18th, 2017
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