Monday, August 18, 2014

A short but sweet tour of Downtown Groveport

     Groveport is a southeast suburb of Columbus. Like most burbs around here, Groveport was a very small place both in terms of population and footprint until the last 20 years or so. It is sprawling into old farmland and semi-rural roads with new housing and development. But the main drag and area of what was the original town are still there, doing well, and serve as the town's "downtown" so to speak. What I like about this small little downtown business area, is that it maintains its old buildings and businesses. And for a Columbus suburb, pretty walkable. So I drove to the area, about 10 minutes from home, and got the camera out. It is a small area, but a few absolute treasures in this small area. Enjoy! All photos taken the evening of Tuesday 07/22.

The Village Hair Shoppe, Tue.07/22

The Village Hair Shoppe, Tue. 07/22
Little Italy Pizza, Tue. 07/22
Little Italy Pizza, Tue. 07/22.

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Groveport Animal Hospital, Tue. 07/22

Groveport Animal Hospital, Tue. 07/22 

Carole Ward Properties Storage and Garage, Tue. 07/22  

Coming very soon, for real, a big post and first for this blog! Part of the tour already done and will be posting on here shortly! For the moment, enjoy this short Groveport tour.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Groveport hidden gem

      I saw this while driving through an older part of Groveport the other day. This can be found on Corbett Road, near Motts Military Museum. Older part of the city and did NOT expect this. Was mid afternoon, but I will be back for a night time re-shoot. Taken the afternoon of Sunday, 06/29.

Carole Ward Properties, Groveport, OH, Sunday 06/29/2014.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Spring roundup!

Here to post the results of some mini-tours I was able to snag in over the spring! Pics were taken at various locations and times (noted in captions) in March and April 2014. Most of these locations, as you know, have previously been covered. But of course with time comes change and there have been a few new additions over the years.

IGA Food Liner, Ashville, Wed. 03/19. Most of the neon is covered with plastic, but the damaged section reveals the tubing.

Turnberry Travel, SR 256, Pickerington, Thu. 03/27

Dry Cleaners, SR 256, Pickerington, Thu. 03/27

Marcus Cinema, SR 256 Pickerington, Thu. 03/27

Suede & Leather, SR 256, Thu. 03/27

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Dr. Greg A. Wise, MD offices. Off 317/Hamilton. Mon. 04/14

Bailey's Glass, E. Main Street, Whitehall, Mon. 04/14

Al's Barber Shop, Yearling Road, Whitehall, OH Mon. 04/14

Vaccuum Dealership, S. Hamilton Road, Whitehall, Thu. 04/24

RimTyme! E. Main Street, Whitehall, OH Thu. 04/24


OK, so as you can see, I have a few newbies. Yearling Road  BarberShop (Al's) has chosen neon for every price increase as long as I have been familiar with the place. I mentioned this in my first post of his way back in one of my first posts for this project in  November 2007.  The Panasonic Vaccuum Dealer sign is Ah-Mazing. Love it! Hope to also get some better pics of WingStop. Some pretty cool looking signage for E. Main Street, next to Happy's Pizza of course, which is bathed in neon. Unfortunately, these are hard places to catch good pics at night.

Coming up soon, will be some uncovered ground, FINALLY, for this project. Short North is coming soon!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

American Sign Museum, continued

As promised, I have more pics from the Sign Museum visit back in February. These are the few i took from the non-neon collection. I also took a few videos of the animated/flashing exhibits and wanted to share these as well. As before, all pics in this post taken during my visit to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati on Sunday, 02/23.


After many previous trips down I-71 from Columbus to Cincinnati without visiting, I FINALLY made it to the American Sign Museum back in late February! This post is a gathering of the photos I took. I was not even there an hour (3 kids, one being my tired and grumpish 3-year-old son..his older sisters enjoyed it more) but what an hour it was. The museum is all I dreamed it would be. If neon had a heaven, this may be close to it (Vegas and the sign museum there may disagree though). So this is at least a slice of neon heaven. While my main interest was of course, the neon, the museum also exhibits nearly all forms of signage and advertising of the 20th century, with 1930s-70s neon being the largest part of the collection! I would definitely recommend a visit to anyone, even if neon is not your main interest, anyone interested in modern American history would enjoy the exhibits here. Visit here for the museum's website with all sorts of information regarding the museum (location, hours, admission, etc) as well as links the staff posts regarding museum updates, news, and general preservation news. The Wikipedia article is also worth a read. All pictures were taken during my visit on the afternoon of Sunday, 2/23.

My next post will include some videos I took from the visit, and some of their non-neon collection! I cannot wait to go back again soon.