Historic Downtown in the Process of Launching a New Mobile App & Website

From KPVI: Historic Downtown Pocatello is in the process of launching a new mobile app and redesigning their website. 

Stephanie Palagi, the Executive Director for Historic Downtown Pocatello says they are in a partnership with Farm Bureau who is helping to support the project. 

Palagi says the new mobile app is a network app that’s through the National Main Street program. 

It will be connected to downtowns across the United States. 

She says one of the features the new app will have is the ‘Neon Sign Tour’ that guides you to neon signs in Historic Downtown and gives you the history of the neon signs. 

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Sweetgreen and Shake Shack are going all in on drive-throughs. They’re not alon

Crystal Weintraub, co-owner of 1802 Roasters, serves a customer via a converted drive-through setup using the side door of the Los Angeles coffee shop. Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times

From the LA Times: Drive-throughs are on special order at many restaurants as owners race to put customers at ease during the pandemic and prepare for a food service future increasingly ruled by convenience.

Quick-service specialists such as Sweetgreen and Shake Shack are planning their first stores with drive-through lanes, while existing operators are scrambling to build new car service portals or jerry-build temporary openings to serve customers behind the wheel.

The efforts run counter to recent urban planning thinking in which some cities seek to limit new drive-throughs to reduce auto emissions and litter, bring down obesity and improve pedestrian safety.

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Local Group Collecting Nostalgia One Sign At A Time

From News9: Inside this Oklahoma City warehouse is an ode to Oklahoma’s past.

“Each one of these signs that we have has its own history. Every one of them will tell a story,” said Jim Gleason, Vice President of the Billboard Museum Association.

To make sure those stories are not forgotten, Gleason and Kathy Anderson signed on to start the not-for-profit Billboard Museum Association in 2013.

“We’d also hear stories of, uh-oh, a business is going out, they’re wondering what they’re going to do with their sign, maybe they should put it up on Ebay. I kept thinking there’s got to be another option,” said Anderson, the Billboard Museum Association President.

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Oak Creek grocer to replace vintage sign

The current sign at Select Super Market in Oak Creek will be replaced, according to the store’s owner. Courtesy photo

From Steamboat Pilot & Today: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A new, updated sign will soon mark the grocery store that has been a cornerstone in downtown Oak Creek since at least the Great Depression.

The retro Select Super Market sign that has been up for the past 53 years is coming down, according to owner Lenny Herzog.

“As much as we dislike taking down this iconic sign, we have determined that it is time for an updated image that better reflects the latest innovations in our industry and in our current business model,” Herzog said.

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The Neon Museum celebrating Black History Month

Photo by: Deidra Wilson/© Deidra Wilson Photography 202

From KTNV: LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the iconic neon signs of Las Vegas’ past for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment, The Neon Museum is the perfect place to celebrate Black History Month this February.

Here, you can learn about important contributions of local Black leaders to Las Vegas history.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the La Concha Motel, which was designed by the pioneering African American architect Paul Revere Williams and houses The Neon Museum’s visitor center. Born on Feb. 18, Williams not only designed La Concha but also Berkley Square, a housing development in West Las Vegas that is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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