Saturday, December 31, 2011


For the last post of the year I bring you the sign from the Escape "gentleman's" club, seen at the corner of E. Dublin Granville Road and Spring Run, near Cleveland Avenue on the far north side of Columbus. This used to be Dockside Dolls and the sign has been there less than a year, just haven't had a chance to snap it. It was a darkish cloudy morning yesterday when I happened to be in the area on the way to work and had a few extra minutes. It's a cool sign..not the greatest but hey, it's neon! Taken the morning of Fri. 12/30. Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year and 2012 is prosperous and full of neon!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

AHH! It's a Monster!

Well, a Monster energy drink neon. Snapped this while doing some last minute shopping at Tuttle Mall. It's a cool sign. But seriously..the name of the store where this is displayed is "Damaged". Damaged?! Who would shop at a store with that name?! Kids these days! Taken Fri. 12/23.

Oh and this caught my eye. I'm not in the area often and it probably closes by sunset, so while I was at Trader Joe I thought I would shoot this while I was here. A bead shop, at Sawmill and 161 in Dublin. Taken the late morning of Wed. 12/28.

These are likely my last photos and my last post of the year. Hope everyone has had a great holiday season and has a very Happy New Year! Let's go 2012! My New Year's resolution? Shoot more neon!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

De-Novo Bistro&Bar..the old Kyrie sign!

Driving down South High Street in downtown Columbus by the statehouse I'd always try to get a better look at what appeared to be a very cool 60s or so vintage neon RESTAURANT sign. Unfortunately, it was dark/dead. Perhaps even ghost status. But thanks to the development of the Scioto Mile and Columbus Commons Parks (along with the death and burial of City Center) in this area, the once sorta listless stretch between the Statehouse and Franklin County government center seems to be coming alive. Hope those parks work out for the city..this city needs downtown activity. This upscale aka pricey restaurant appears to have recently opened up in the space of several other restaurants which have come and gone over the years. And the owners or operators appear to have taken an interest in rehabbing this gem of a sign. It's now lit and looks absolutely beautiful, set against the towers of downtown. I went to the Columbus Commons for the Holiday Fair..which was small but a LOT of daughter loved it! And noticed this sign actually in operation. So of course, I had to catch it. I took 3 pics from 3 angles. This is easily one of my top signs in the city now. Hope the place stays open though generally it's not a place I could afford. All pics taken the late afternoon of Sun. 12/18.

If I don't get to post again before, I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A tide over

I have been shooting some neon. No tour as of yet but it is coming as soon as I can get some time to do it, after work. With the sun setting barely after 5PM on these cold December days, it shouldn't be a problem. This is a small set taken on my phone since about the beginning of the month:

-Steak Escape: Taken at the corner of Dublin and Grandview, near I-670 and Grandview Ave. Newer sign but cool and street/sidewalk level, like most of Grandview already is. This property used to be the site of a very nasty Knights Inn motel that was raised a few years ago and redeveloped. Taken the evening of Fri. 12/2.

-Haircuts for Men. Taken at the Major League Haircuts on Sawmill Road in Powell, not far from the zoo. Taken the evening of Sat. 12/3.

-Schlitz. That and PBR, two of my favorite beers are now sold at Nationwide Arena, and while no PBR sign is present, a cool Schlitz lights it up. At $6.50 for a 16 ounce can or draft, it's the cheapest beer at a Blue Jackets game. Taken Sat. 12/10.

-Hydrofarm: A brand name of gardening and hydroponic equipment sold at the Garden Indoors location at Indianola Avenue and Morse Road. So you can ummm..grow your umm..vegetable garden. Taken Mon. 12/12.

-That last one..just a cool scene..not exactly a neon specific pic, but the combo of neon signage, a bar, beer, Chinese food, and Christmas lights..up my alley! Taken Tues. 12/13.

Watch for a Christmas vacation tour soon!!!