Art-Deco Model Tobacco property slated for apartments, beer garden

The complex is known for its Art Deco-style main building. Photos by J. Elias O’Neal

From CBS6: RICHMOND, Va. — A Maryland-based developer is weeks away from closing on a purchase and beginning his planned resurrection of a long-dormant tobacco factory on the city’s Southside.

Chris Harrison, principal of C.A. Harrison Cos., said he plans to finalize a deal for the 15-acre Model Tobacco Co. complex at 1000 and 1100 Jefferson Davis Highway by the end of the month.

He said he plans to bring a mix of 275 apartment units, the bulk of which will be income-based.

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Glendora’s 100-Year-Old Golden Spur Building Is Turning Into a Care Facility

The Golden Spur. Ben R. via Yelp

From Eater, Los Angeles: Glendora’s 100-year-old restaurant The Golden Spur closed back in October. For the last three months, there’s been a bit of mystery on what restaurant would replace the massive former steakhouse. After a $2.16 million sale, a familiar non-profit group will take this space out of the dining market completely.

According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Easterseals will repurpose the former restaurant as a day facility for developmentally disabled or special needs adults. A one-story building makes it far easier for the disabled to maneuver.

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Stanton South Beach: An Art Deco Treasure Gets A Fresh New Look

Following a major renovation of public spaces, the Marriott Stanton South Beach feels as fresh as ever. CREDIT: JEFF HERRON PHOTOGRAPHY/MARRIOTT STANTON

From Forbes: A complete renovation of the Stanton rooms in 2013 was followed up last year with another $22 million redo of the property’s public spaces—from the elevated porte-cochère and the atrium-style lobby with its lovely terrazzo floor and wood paneling to the handful of decktop cabanas that serve the two pools all the way out back—oceanfront, that is.

Throw in an intimate beauty and spa treatment center, and a broad collection of quirky contemporary art that is scattered throughout and you have a new hotel in a historic skin (the original building dates to 1939, after all).

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A truly a-peeling museum for banana lovers

Banana squirt guns. Banana soap. Banana salt and pepper shakers. Banana glasses.

From Fresh Plaza: These are just a few of the more than 25,000+ banana-themed items housed at the International Banana Museum, a unique roadside attraction in Mecca, California.

This nine-year-old institution got a bit of a modest start back in 2010. At the time, Fred Garbutt’s family owned a local convenience store with a pub attached on the North Shore of the Salton Sea and while the businesses had been in the family since 1959, Garbutt had other ideas for the pub in particular. He saw how tourists liked to come out and see truly unique local landmarks such as Salvation Mountain and East Jesus and wondered if they could create another attraction.

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The Sports Center’s iconic hunter sign taking time off for rehab

A temporary sign hangs on the front of Sports Center on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Yakima, Wash. The neon sign that is normally there is being restored by Cascade Sign and Fabrication. Evan Abell, Yakima Herald-Republic

From the Yakima Herald: YAKIMA, Wash. — For more than a half-century, Gus the hunter has pointed his rifle skyward and swung in a neon red circle along Yakima Avenue.

But since Wednesday, the iconic sign outside The Sports Center has been at a Yakima sign shop undergoing a repair and upgrade.

“It’s getting a good solid face-lift,” said Bobby Eirick, bar manager at the East Yakima Avenue establishment. “New bulbs, new paint job. It’s being rewired.”

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