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94 S. Broadway - White Palace Laundrymat

Location

94 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
United States
39° 42' 53.4312" N, 104° 59' 15.1116" W

location of White Palace Laundrymat (so-named because it's within a classy white-tiled building)

ampersands on Broadway #5: reverence for the the Old West inside Fancy Tiger Crafts

Fancy Tiger Crafts’ spacious new home at 59 Broadway opened with the new year, and has been decorated inside with retro signage recalling the simplicity & self-reliance of the Old West, including these two classic ampersands; other decor in the new space includes vintage sewing machines, an old windmill, and of course the immensely varied stock of colorful fabrics, yarns, and myriad other craft supplies

(fifth in a series — signage on Broadway may last for decades or a few minutes; focusing on the typographic form of ampersands is both a simple delight and a way to illustrate Baker’s diversity)

59 Broadway - Fancy Tiger Crafts

Location

59 Broadway St.
Denver, CO
United States
39° 43' 3.9216" N, 104° 59' 14.9928" W

northernmost of three storefronts in a building that had sat empty for several years; home of Fancy Tiger Crafts as of 1 Jan. 2012

ampersands on Broadway #4: Club 404 is no more

Club 404 closed this week for a change in ownership, and presumably a change in style; no word yet whether it will retain its classic 3-dimensional sheet metal sign, with many empty light sockets suggesting a brighter past, but the ampersand here, in a halo of paste and a field of faded red, harks from an era when things lasted longer

(fourth in a series — signage on Broadway may last for decades or a few minutes; focusing on the typographic form of ampersands is both a simple delight and a way to illustrate Baker’s diversity)

404 Broadway - Brendan’s

Location

404 Broadway
Denver, CO
United States
39° 43' 21.612" N, 104° 59' 14.9352" W

this location houses Brendan’s, which so far retains the classic Club 404 signage

history:

• home of venerable Club 404, owned by Jerry Feld from 1951 until December 2011
• "Denver Wheel Club 404" made a go of it but the building was sold in November 2012 and the location has been operating as Brendan’s since January 2013

4-letter shops in the works

businesses with four-letter names are popping up on Broadway; one in a space formerly occupied by a business with a four-letter name; also some related news for businesses with longer names …

ampersands on Broadway #2

founded in 1900 at this location, Johnson Storage & Moving is one of Baker's oldest businesses, but the sign here was repainted no earlier than 1947 when the company became a founding agent of United Van Lines; the subtle quirkiness of the gothic typestyle of the ampersand and the rest of this large nameplate reflect the confidence and of an experienced signpainter, and the simplicity of bygone business era

(second in a series — several of Broadway's newer businesses, as well as some of Broadway’s oldest, have an ampersand in their name; focusing on the typographic form of these ampersands is both a simple delight and a way to illustrate Baker’s merchant diversity)

221 Broadway - Johnson Moving & Storage

Location

221 Broadway
Denver, CO
United States
39° 43' 11.37" N, 104° 59' 16.7388" W

Johnson Moving & Storage has been at this location since 1900

ampersands on broadway #1

the casual, elegant ampersand at Hazel & Dewey looks as if it were drawn with an architect’s pen, and indeed the merchandise inside is fine functional design

(first in a series — several of Broadway's newer businesses, as well as some of Broadway’s oldest, have an ampersand in their name; focusing on the typographic form of these ampersands is both a simple delight and a way to illustrate Baker’s merchant diversity)

70 S. Broadway - Hazel & Dewey

Location

70 S. Broadway
Denver, CO
United States
39° 42' 54.702" N, 104° 59' 15.018" W

location of Hazel & Dewey, a "Modern Mercantile" selling fine kitchenware, linens and curios

(past location of Lee Alex Decor)

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