Showing posts with label signs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label signs. Show all posts

Saturday, April 30, 2016

signs: Altenheim

Not the usual metal or neon signs of Oakland I post, a sign for the Altenheim. It was originally built in 1896 as a retirement home for people of German descent. That building burned down in 1908, and the current building completed in 1909. Read more about the Altenheim on the Oakland Wiki.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

signs: Farmer Joe's

No, not that Farmer Joe's. About 1973, Farmer Joe's opened on Lakeshore. It's not related to the two Farmer Joe's on MacArthur and on Fruitvale. Apparently it was run by Joe Sasso, who also had a stand at College and Claremont. Sometime in the 1980s it changed to Lakeshore Produce. The sign was revealed recently when Peet's decided to expand, and Lakeshore Produce had to move up the street, where they are now at 3312 Lakeshore.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

signs: Marcus Books

It's been a while since I did a post about a cool Oakland sign. OK, it's been a while since I did any post. I dropped K off at MacArthur BART today, and the weather was glorious. We were in a rush to make sure she got her scheduled train, but that didn't stop me from noticing how amazing Marcus Books and the murals on the outside looked in the break in the weather. So after I dropped her off, I swung around and took some pictures of the sign, building and murals.

Friday, August 14, 2015

signs: Drake's Dealership

The newest beer garden in town is Drake's Dealership. It's in part of the Hive complex that (surprise!) used to be a car dealership. Back in the day, a lot of the businesses around there were related to the auto industry. They've done a creative reuse of the space, and removed the roof of part of the building to serve as a beer garden. Yummy pizza, and as always, yummy Drake's beer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

signs: A Taste of Denmark

It's been over 5 years since I posted a sign for the struggling Neldam's Danish Bakery. Later that year, the employees formed a collective and kept the bakery going, but the Neldams kept the name. A temporary sign went up, but it wasn't until this week that I finally saw a new, permanent sign.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

signs: Chowhaus

Asign so new, the restaurant it's for probably won't open for a couple of weeks. Chowhaus is moving in to the space formerly occupied by Montclair Bistro. The people behind it are Tracey Belock and Joe Schnell; Belock was formerly at Tribune Tavern downtown and the now-closed Disco Volante. Read more about their plans on What the Fork at the East Bay Express. Yes, based on that article they're behind schedule. But the latest rumor I heard from some folks in the village was that it should be open in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

signs: Juhu Beach Club

Not an awesome sign, but some great food. Plus a bonus night shot of the exterior.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

signs: Camber

The other night while checking out Camber, the latest restaurant in Montclair, I stopped to take a picture of its new neon sign. Camber is the second restaurant for them, and is named for the owners' kids, Camrin and Amber.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

signs: Flavors of India

Spotted this last night in a rare evening walk around Montclair Village.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

signs: Uptown Nightclub

I've posted a picture of the Uptown Nightclub before (wait...5+ years ago? How did that happen?) but that photo was during the day. It popped into the news with the announcement that they're closing next week. "Our lease is up and we've chosen not to renew." Bummer. In their honor, here's a night time picture of their great sign, plus a bonus of the smaller one in the window.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

signs: Foothill Square

Idon't have any pictures of the old Foothill Square shopping center sign, but it's great to see activity there again in any event. And I want to get a picture of this at night, too.

It's been a crazy couple of weeks with work, but I took a couple of minutes on the way in to take this picture and a couple of others for the Oakland Wiki, like this of Fire Station #26. Tomorrow I'm hoping to work on my book and maybe do another blog post, but we'll see...

Friday, July 18, 2014

signs: Marzano

Seems fitting this week somehow to post a sign for someplace that's going away. Apparently Marzano is due to be replaced with someplace called The Growler's Arms. K and I liked Marzano, and it always seemed to be busy when I went past, but I guess not busy enough.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

signs: High St. Bridge Storage

No idea if they have good service, or are even still in business, but High St. Bridge Self Storage gets serious points for a memorable sign. Even if it has nothing to do with the High Street Bridge.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

signs: China Lake Express / Lakeshore Fountain Restaurant

Signs come and go, often to the detriment of cool old signs. But sometimes they get re-used. What's now Chipolte on Lakeshore has had at least two previous lives, c.2009 as China Lake Express, and further back, it was Lakeshore Fountain Restaurant.

Friend and fellow photographer Paula Wirth let me know one day in April, 2012 that they were stripping the China Lake Express sign and the older Lakeshore Fountain Restaurant sign was visible. I couldn't get down there before they'd already started priming the sign for its newest incarnation, but I got a few shots showing the old signage and borrowed one—thanks, Paula!

Anybody out there remember it as Lakeshore Fountain Restaurant?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

signs: Kelly Paper

The sign for Kelly Paper has been around for a while. Doubtless at some point there was a motor to rotate the sign, but now that happens when a passing breeze hits it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

signs: Anderson

This sign on Broadway still exists, but probably not for much longer. For many years the location was the home of Anderson Carpet and Linoleum, a business that was started when Linoleum Sales of Berkeley bought the Anderson Carpet Company in 1973. A couple of years back they moved operations to West Grand, and now the site is due to become a new location for True Burger. I'm still looking into whether they were connected, but there was an Anderson's Carpet House that dates back 1891, founded by Severin Anderson and later run by his son Harry S. Anderson (who also served as a city commissioner).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

signs: Merit Market

Idon't know how long ago Merit Market closed, but its sign lives on near the intersection of 27th, 24th and Harrison.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

signs: Coroner's Bureau

I've seen and photographed this cool sign a number of times over the years, but when I passed by there the other week, it looked like it was gone. I hope I've got a photo of it at night tucked away. I'm good about tagging and organizing photos now, but I wasn't always, so there may be a night shot somewhere among the tens of thousands of pictures of Oakland I have.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

signs: Smitten Ice Cream

The newest sign in my photo collection is for Smitten Ice Cream, which opens today (no foolin'). The ice cream is made to order, using liquid nitrogen to freeze the cream and other fresh ingredients.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

signs: Golden Bull

I've posted the Golden Bull sign before, but it's changed several times over the years. The above picture is from 2011. For a time, it was the Golden Bull cocktail lounge. Then it was home to Awaken Cafe, before they moved to their new space around the corner on Broadway. Now the space is about to be the Golden Bull once again, but alas, the classic sign is gone, replaced with a mostly plastic sign for the nearby Venue.

But the Golden Bull is coming back, and should have a soft opening soon. It will be alongside the new restaurant, Analog, which have a seriously retro theme.