WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says


This sign says, “Welcome to this warm, picturesque, deliciously scented neighborhood coffee shop. Come in and relax in our big, cushiony easy chairs, or sit around a table with local friends enjoying specialty sandwiches, delightful Italian pastries, and all you can drink of the most aromatic, richest tasting coffee you’ve ever had.”  

But to the people in my hometown, it also says, “Memories are worth holding onto.” This restaurant is the result of several years of hard work by two local physicians who bought the building, which was originally built as a movie theater in the 1940’s. It boasted all the movies by every big-name star in the business — and visits from a few celebrities as well. In its day, it was something the city was proud of and enjoyed with great regularity. However, during the 1980’s and 90’s it declined into a state of disrepair that was tragic to see on our main street.

The two doctors who restored it wanted to offer the community a restaurant, but they wanted to preserve the original intent of the building and the history that belongs to it. So they restored the movie marquee — with the original theater name — and the staircase with the glistening chrome handrail. Around the main eating area, they have hung huge photographs of all the biggest stars of the “golden years” of Hollywood. No one can go into this coffee shop without feeling they have entered the great movie era of the 1940’s and 50’s. It’s a great tribute to memories of another generation that are worth protecting.



Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 5

This week, I’m sharing two photos because I couldn’t make a decision. Both of these are “borrowed” with permission.  I love these charming windows with the flower pots sitting outside them.  I wish I had a window at my house where I could do this. 

The second window serves as background for this laden table.  The whole picture reminds me so very much of my mom’s and grandmother’s tables on baking days — especially around the holidays. Every time I look at this picture, I am transported to some of the happiest memories of my childhood and adolescence. 

One other thing that ties these two pics together is the curtains at the windows.  Did you notice that they are of exactly the same material and with very similar patters embroidered into them?  I love them.

Be sure to leave a link to your windows in the comment section.  I am really enjoying seeing all of your interesting takes on this theme. Hope you’re enjoying it as much.

IF YOU’RE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE — Here’s the link to the original post that started it all:  https://sandraconner.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/new-photo-challenge-thursdays-windows/