BND Magazine

July 27, 2014

Mini Dr. Jazz: Window display has amazing detail

Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain and Grille in Lebanon is known for its malt machine, phone booth, player piano and other antiques.

It actually has two of each item if you count the amazingly detailed wooden model of the building that's displayed in the window.

"People will stand out there a long time looking at it," said server Victoria Krumsieg, 18, of Lebanon. "They think it's adorable. They think it's very well-done."

Victoria is the daughter of Dr. Jazz owners Paul and Sarah Krumsieg. Even she is represented in the model by a doll with a blond ponytail, scooping ice cream behind the counter.

The model was made by customer June Folkerts, 81, of Fairview Heights. It took her about a year and a half.

June worked mainly from photographs, sitting at her kitchen table. She fabricated most of the parts.

"It was something different," said June, a mother of two and grandmother of two. "I like to do things that nobody else has done."

The model is about 2 1/2 feet tall, 3 feet deep and 2 feet wide. The outside is painted red to look like brick, with white trim, black shutters, a cedar-shake roof and balcony.

Inside, the first floor houses the soda fountain with its pendulum lights, ceiling fans, wooden booths and Coca-Cola machine. Dolls sit at tables with tiny burgers, fries and ice-cream floats.

"Every time I look at it, I see new things," Paul said. There's just so much in there. I didn't notice the tin ceiling until the other day."

The model shows Dr. Jazz's bed and breakfast on the second floor. Intricate details range from a vase of flowers on the dresser to luggage stacked in the corner.

The rec room has a pool table and mini-kitchen, complete with microwave. The third floor is filled with Christmas decorations in storage.

"My favorite part is the soda fountain on the first floor," June said. "That's where all the action is."

June has made several building models over the years, including a three-story New York City townhouse now in production. She and her husband, Glenn, also have a business selling urethane products out of their home.

Dr. Jazz is one of the oldest soda fountains in the country.

"They built it in 1850," Paul said. "It started as a pharmacy and, in 1887, they brought in the back soda fountain. In 164 years, we're the fifth owners."

The Krumsiegs display old toys in the windows and show classic movies on a vintage TV.

June's model attracts the most attention at night because its miniature lights come on.

"There are so many people who appreciate it," Paul said. "They enjoy crafts, and this is the ultimate craft project. Anyone who has ever done work like this with their hands knows what an amazing feat it is."

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