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KOI Auto Parts - Brookville, IN. KOI is a regional auto parts chain that serves Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana & West Virginia. This particular location sports the big & beautiful Champion ghost sign you see here. It was one of the first things we saw as we entered town. After we stopped for lunch just down the street I made a point to walk back for this shot. Unfortunately I couldn't stay very long because we were running late for an event at the American Sign Museum's new location in Cincinnati. This is another example of why you should avoid the Interstate... had we taken I

Chet's Wine & Brewsky – St Paul, MN. This second generation family run liquor store has been in operation for 51 years. The late Chester Voss established Chet’s back in 1961 in an 880 square foot building. And while his surviving sons Tom and Gregg have since rebuilt the physical structure, they still operate at the same great historic location along I

Vacation Motor Hotel

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Ideal Diner. The tiny one-story brick building that houses this classic diner is tucked between a couple houses along Central Ave in Northeast Minneapolis. If it weren’t for this fantastic sign you could easily drive by regularly and never notice it at all. But that hasn’t kept the Ideal Diner from gaining a cult-like following among its many loyal patrons. Walking inside is like taking a step back in time and sitting at the counter facing the cooktop only adds to that feeling. The food is what you would expect

Ted’s Recreation. I love this sign. It makes you really want to stop in and belly-up to the bar for a drink. It’s made of 2 mirror-image panels that come together for form a V

Tin Cup’s. I just love the way the clouds look like steam coming out of the cup. And although the sign says ‘Liquor’, Tin Cup’s is best known as a dive bar that serves great burgers. Head over to my @billrose account to see a context shot

Dari-ette Drive-In. This East St. Paul staple has been serving up ice cream and Italian-American fare since the 1950s. It’s only open seasonally, but the locals come out in droves when the open sign lights up each spring. You can either pull into a stall, place your order and have it delivered to your car, or simply walk up to the window and place your order there. The building itself is rather small, but there are a few tables out front so folks can enjoy eating their food picnic-style on sunny days. Head over to my @billrose account to see a wider

Red Rock Saloon. Beer, bowling, bar food, poker & karaoke

I-90 Travel Center. This is pretty much your standard truck stop - nothing too unusual. But if you hit-up the connected restaurant (called Marlin’s) you might just be presented with the Marlin’s Challenge: a 3-pound burger with a 1-pound bun (plus ample amounts of lettuce, tomato, pickle & onion) and another full pound of fries that you have 1 hour to finish. The meal covers a 12-inch plate and stands 5 inches high. It costs $22.99, and you get a free t-shirt and the meal is comp’d if you “win”… and I can’t use the term “win” loosely enough here. Needless to say, successful attempts are rare

Sauk Rapids Locker. This lot has been a blighted property in downtown Sauk Rapids for the majority of the last 30 years… but, it’s also been home to several local businesses during its lifetime. In 1962 it was a local cafe that wound up burning to the ground. The building was then used as the Sauk Rapids Meat Locker for several years before sitting empty for almost 3 decades. In 2008, the City Council (who saw the empty lot as a opportunity to increase tax revenue) and the Housing Redevelopment Authority thought that their desire to redevelop this lot was on track when the property was purchased by local developers. But unfortunately that project fell through due to a tax abatement dispute and financing issues. Then, in 2010, a Conditional Use Permit was granted to a local company who wanted to open a firearms safety and archery training facility in the basement of the building. In order to do so, a city ordinance had to be amended that outlawed the firing of guns or shooting of arrows within the city limits. That was a short lived venture and now the lot once again sits unused. Anyway, this wall is actually the exterior of a long, narrow corridor that connects the front entrance of the building to the facility itself. Head over to my @billrose account to see a reverse-angle context shot.

Val's Rapid Serv. Visiting this tiny hole-in-the-wall burger joint is like stepping back in time and seeing the future all at once. It maintains the appearance of its mid-century origins throughout with one major exception… you punch in your own order via a touch screen unit which communicates directly with the line cooks. A far cry from the pencil & order takers pad you might expect when first walking through the door. Aside from their burgers, which many locals call their favorite in town, they are known for their enormous servings of fries. The whole bag they hand you will be completely filled to the top with them, covering up the rest of your order which sits at the bottom of the bag. Plus, head over to my @billrose account

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Globe-Wernicke — The Globe-Wernicke Company was formed in 1899 when the Cincinnati-based Globe Files Company (est. 1882) purchased the …

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