Ever notice how many cool old retro signs are hanging around the Capital Region?
I can't help it -- I find something about about all that kitsch rather charming. The other day I got thinking about some of my favorites and made a list.
Some of my favorites (with pictures of course) can be found after the jump.
What did I miss?
Supersonic Car Wash, 1025 Central Ave., #1, Albany.
This car wash sign is so garish and cool that it makes me want to get my car washed here. It looks much more exciting than Hoffman's. Anybody tried the place? The sign definitely makes me curious.
Bob and Ron's Fish Fry, 1007 Central Ave., Albany.
The Bob and Ron's sign is pretty much an area icon at this point. The beauty of this place is that the interior also looks like it hasn't been changed in at least a couple of decades. That's definitely the charm of this age-old vendor of Capital Region specialty, the fish fry on a hot dog bun.
Playdium Bowling 363 Ontario St., Albany.
Many things about the Playdium scream "classic," but the marquee sign is definitely one of my favorite aspects. I can't help but want to go in, play a few games, and sip a few White Russians every time I drive past.
Morette's King Steak House 1126 Erie Blvd, Schenectady.
This photo is courtesy of Albany photographer Crystal Powell. Celina wasn't a huge fan of Morettes overall, but she vouches for the steak sandwiches. Personally, I'm just all about this great sign.
Wheeler's Liquor Store, 1145 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12205
Confession: I have never actually ventured into Wheeler's for booze, because I'm a bit of a loyalist when it comes to where I buy my spirits. But this signage really has me intrigued. One of these days, I'm going to head in.
South End Tavern, 757 Burden Ave., Troy.
The South End Tavern, established in 1934, is well-known for its long-standing "Ladies' Only Entrance." The sign was originally intended to separate the bar section from the restaurant. Were I a drunken college student, this is the kind of sign I'd want to risk getting arrested for stealing. But please don't really do that -- the trip through South Troy would be a much sadder one were it not for the smile-inducing sign.
L-Ken's, 1565 Central Ave., Colonie.
Okay, sure, L-Ken's roadside stand closed in 2008. Still, the building and it's sign with the cute little caricature remain, sadly decaying before our eyes. I can't recall ever actually eating here, but if it were still open now, I think I'd try to stop for fish fry and ice cream. But seriously, how great is this sign?
Mike's First Prize Diner
Famous for its hot dogs, Mike's First Prize has made a number of "diners of the world" collections . Oh, and it makes an appearance in the film "Winter of Frozen Dreams."
The Westgate entrance sign
The Westgate shopping center, which opened in 1957, was apparently considered to be Albany's first mall. In its early years, it even boasted a JC Penney department store and a Woolworth's. Unfortunately for good ol' Westgate, it couldn't compete with the behemoth that is Crossgates and has seen several decades of decay along with some revitalization. Still, the Price Chopper here does boast the Epcot Center of supermarket aisles , so at least there's that. The historic sign has been an issue of great debate, with some developers arguing that it gives the plaza too dated of a look. Personally, I've always loved this sign and the way it stands brightly above Central Avenue, straddling the upper and lower parts of the road like a florescent beacon of commercialism.
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