Most of the day was spent zipping around Seattle — grateful to have sunshine!
This former gas station housed the Station Bistro restaurant when I shot it in 2008:
In 2009, the building was further transformed (disguised?) as the Shelter Lounge. Here’s what it looks like now:
Hattie’s Hat has been around since 1904. This sign is obviously from much later — 1960s?
The exterior features vitrolite and these cool mid-century modern looking tiles:
The interior is loaded with ambiance:
A modern sign, but awfully nice, at the 2 Bit Saloon which closed last year. Hopefully, the place will reopen or at least the sign will stay:
There used to be so many wonderful motel signs on Auburn Ave. This is one of only a handful that are left:
There are six Dick’s Drive-ins in the Seattle area. This is the original, in Seattle, from 1954. The top panel still spins:
This flower shop is gone. But the space is now occupied by “Flowers Bar & Restaurant” which has kept the sign:
Bick’s opened in the late 1990s and this sign is obviously modern. That’s apparently a steak that the chef is flipping. It must have been inspired by one of the pancake-flipping chef signs — but I don’t know which one:
Sometime between 2011 and 2014, the Way West Motel sign was painted over for a marijuana store. Here’s a link to a “before” photo:
Aurora Plumbing was established in 1960. This sign might be from then:
Moving on to Lynnwood for these last two shots. Best Auto Parts opened in 1958. This sign looks 1960s:
A House of Clocks has been around since 1963:
Three more days & posts to go. If I don’t catch up tonight, I’ll get ’em done tomorrow.