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Banjo Lefty - Posted - 03/12/2020:  11:30:06


Winnipeg, like most large cities (well, okay, a medium-sized city) has its share of unusual and amusing commercial signs. There is, for example, a store selling SCUBA gear which calls itself Diver's City, while right next door is a hair salon bearing the name Diversity Coiffure. Not, as far as I can tell, owned by the same people.



Then there is what used to be Tony's Barber Shop; even after Tony died the subsequent owners kept the name, that is, until now:





I wonder if they also accept walk-ins?



 

Chris Meakin - Posted - 03/12/2020:  12:04:33


A catchy name certainly helps people notice and remember.



We bought a rundown takeaway and renamed it "The Wok and Roll". It was original to us when we came up with the name, but we have since seen a few takeaways with the same name. It helped us stand out from the five "<Suburb> Takeaway" within 2000m of us.



It was mostly typical (for Australia) Chinese takeaway food, but also French and Italian inspired dishes, plus a few designed by my wife. It sure was busy. I wish I had kept one of the menus.

thebcs - Posted - 03/12/2020:  12:23:41


There's a noodle joint in N. Seattle/S. Everett named "What the pho?" and a Great Yarmouth dog groomer called Doggy Style.

banjo bill-e - Posted - 03/12/2020:  13:56:02


"Pho Real" is cute and I've seen that one in a few different cities, and locally the Korean food truck named "Funk Seoul Brother".
Pushing the limits is Sofa King, and several Thai places like to have fun with the name of one of their islands, but I'll not elaborate here.

Wet Spaniel - Posted - 03/12/2020:  17:36:14


The fish and chip shop in my childhood home village is called Frying Nemo.

Not so much funny but quirky, the pub in the same village was called the ‘Oddfellows Arms’. Some 30+ years ago it was having a new sign painted by a sign writer (hand painted in situ - really skilled)...... the sign writer was just about to start the ‘w’ when Tony, the landlord came out to check his new sign, it was only then that he noticed that the sign writer had put 3 letter Ds rather than 2 in odd - he told the sign writer to crack on, and to this day, maybe 5 new signs later it is still called the Odddfellows Arms

mike gregory - Posted - 03/12/2020:  18:17:30


Makes you wonder- - -


Bill Rogers - Posted - 03/12/2020:  20:44:18


When I was a college student, Beaver College in PA, was a women’s school. It’s now co-ed and called Arcadia University.

Bill Rogers - Posted - 03/12/2020:  20:46:37


Two signs from businesses in and around Columbia, MO in the 1980s:



Boone County Scrap Metal and Fur Company,



and, on the I-70 Business Loop—



Liquor, Guns and Ammo


Edited by - Bill Rogers on 03/12/2020 20:47:10

Paul R - Posted - 03/12/2020:  23:11:51


quote:

Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Two signs from businesses in and around Columbia, MO in the 1980s:



Boone County Scrap Metal and Fur Company,



and, on the I-70 Business Loop—



Liquor, Guns and Ammo






Matches and gasoline.

Paul R - Posted - 03/12/2020:  23:17:53


At the Seniors Centre in Kingston. If you know your Canadian history, you'll get it.




Banjo Lefty - Posted - 03/13/2020:  07:36:59


Now, that's funny!

Owen - Posted - 03/17/2020:  15:01:41


Passed a small sewage vacuum truck the other day.  On the rear of the tank a Mini Cooper (TM) emblem was restylized to read "Mini Pooper."   And there's a sign along Hwy 16 west of here for a butcher shop that says: "Our wurst is the best."    And I think it's a national trucking company (?) that has "Our best is the least we can do." on it's van bodies.


Edited by - Owen on 03/17/2020 15:05:12

banjonz - Posted - 03/17/2020:  16:49:52


Two that I have seen but didn't get photos were..

'Mirrorcles' - a store selling mirrors.

'Del a Ca Sea' - fish and chip shop.

OldNavyGuy - Posted - 03/17/2020:  16:52:12


quote:

Originally posted by thebcs

There's a noodle joint in N. Seattle/S. Everett named "What the pho?" and a Great Yarmouth dog groomer called Doggy Style.






One in our area called "Just Pho You".

dflowers - Posted - 03/17/2020:  16:56:51


A sign on a building in Tijuana, Mexico. Marriages, Divorces and Custom Seat Covers. Circa 1965.

Paul R - Posted - 03/18/2020:  01:49:40


A fixture in '70s Ontario was the Pop Shoppe, an early retailer of generic soft drinks, with their iconic logo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pop_Shoppe Recently, another kind of retailer opened up in Eastern Ontario.




OM45GE - Posted - 03/18/2020:  02:55:02


If you’re ever out in the Vail Colorado area you should check out Beaver Liquors.

I don’t have a photo but I used to have a T-shirt

brewerpaul - Posted - 03/18/2020:  06:45:43


quote:

Originally posted by Banjo Lefty



Then there is what used to be Tony's Barber Shop; even after Tony died the subsequent owners kept the name, that is, until now:





I wonder if they also accept walk-ins?



 






I wonder how many wiseguys actually waltz in? I probably would!

brewerpaul - Posted - 03/18/2020:  07:13:40


In Cooperstown NY there used to be, a Chinese restaurant called Foo Kin John Chinese food.

In Albany NY there is a flooring company with a sign out front that reads "Gentiles parking in rear". Gentiles is the name of the company, but being Jewish,the sign always gave me a grin. Note this is not a religious comment, just a linguistic one.

Banjo Lefty - Posted - 03/18/2020:  11:58:49


Bunty's is a Winnipeg landmark. They try hard to be a full-service convenience store:







 





 

howbah - Posted - 03/18/2020:  17:15:06


quote:

Originally posted by Banjo Lefty

Bunty's is a Winnipeg landmark. They try hard to be a full-service convenience store:



 





 





 






They wipe your car down with a chicken?

Banjo Lefty - Posted - 03/18/2020:  18:11:28


No, but you can eat chicken in your car while they wash it (the car, that is, not the chicken).

Paul R - Posted - 03/18/2020:  23:25:22


I used to cycle from home just west of High Park in Toronto, out to the Niagara Escarpment country. As I pedalled along Burnhamthorpe Road I passed one of many small strip malls. On the sign that advertised the various businesses in the mall, two caught my eye. One was for a Chinese restaurant, the other was for the Mississauga Cat and Dog Hospital. Stereotype, anyone?

Wet Spaniel - Posted - 03/19/2020:  05:21:58


A friend and neighbour of mine has a business emptying septic tanks and the portable loos you get at festivals etc. There’s a saying here ‘where’s there’s muck there’s brass’ and this guy is a great example of how true that is.




Banjo Lefty - Posted - 03/19/2020:  07:04:50


Here's another.  One of Winnipeg's many excellent bakeries.  Although I ask you, if you had crusty buns, wouldn't you rather have a shower?  I know I would.



 





 

DRH - Posted - 03/19/2020:  13:51:03




 

dflowers - Posted - 03/19/2020:  13:57:20


Around the corner from me is Dicks Sporting Goods. The address is on Everhard Ave. You just can't make this stuff up.

Owen - Posted - 03/24/2020:  15:02:10


Might not make the grade as "amusing" .... though it was only changed in 2016: 



Image result for welcome to sask.  sign



  theguardian.com/world/2016/aug...ey-slogan

Owen - Posted - 03/24/2020:  15:10:20


Not actual "signage" I suppose, but 'way back [sorry, Google fails me at the moment] I saw a cartoon where a drunk guy was apparently calling for a ride... he was leaning out of a phone booth and looking up while speaking  into the handset: "I'm at the corner of Telephone and Telephone."



Image result for phone booth


Edited by - Owen on 03/24/2020 15:11:31

latigo1 - Posted - 03/24/2020:  15:30:04


quote:

Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Two signs from businesses in and around Columbia, MO in the 1980s:



Boone County Scrap Metal and Fur Company,



and, on the I-70 Business Loop—



Liquor, Guns and Ammo






Bill, There is a place like that an hour away from you.   Next time you are in Sonora, stop by "The Sportsman".  They have been there for over 70 years, and still sell beer, guns and ammo.

DRH - Posted - 03/24/2020:  15:36:35


quote:

Originally posted by Owen

Might not make the grade as "amusing" .... though it was only changed in 2016: 



Image result for welcome to sask.  sign



  theguardian.com/world/2016/aug...ey-slogan






I did a research project on rape seed in college.  Amazing how many people got upset when I told them I was studying rape.  No wonder they changed it to Canola.

Buddur - Posted - 03/24/2020:  15:41:34


Not necessarily a sign...but last night on Craigslist I saw a listing for a roll of toilet paper for $8,800.00

And the buyer gets a free car with that roll.

Banjo Lefty - Posted - 03/25/2020:  09:40:37


The most interesting and amusing names always seem to be those of hair and/or nail salons, in which spirit I offer the following, without further comment:





 

jellowaydan - Posted - 03/25/2020:  09:57:59


My favorite is the liner notes for a Flatt and Scruggs LP written by Ben Dover. I'm serious

Buddur - Posted - 03/25/2020:  10:22:32


I took this photo myself a long time ago...



Banjo Lefty - Posted - 03/25/2020:  10:28:56


I like that!

bubbalouie - Posted - 03/25/2020:  14:55:24


I like this one! Image result for bigfoot breeding area sign

Owen - Posted - 03/25/2020:  15:41:36


The "nasty buffet" sign reminds me of one you might have seen in Winnipeg, Lefty.    Back when I was a student, on Portage Av., I think it was a bit west of Assiniboine Park there was a few of those 3 story (?) smallish walk-up apartment blocks.  One was the "Essex House."  However the "Es" was missing...  how it happened I do not know!!

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