I love San Antonio. I go ever other year there for an industry convention. The riverwalk area is nice but so is white bread and homogenized milk. Away from the hordes on the river there are lots of interesting buildings and businesses. I came across this treasure. Paris Hatters, a cowboy hat store since 1917. Still family owned after all these years. (No I didn’t buy one.)
The store has sold hats to several US Presidents, a bunch of rock stars, but the customer that I loved the most was Pope John Paul II.
(Of course it was a white hat.)
What is your favorite hat store? I’m going to tell you that next time I go to San Antonio I’m going to Paris Hatters and getting my own danged cowboy hat. Who’s with me?
I found this in Tulsa’s up and coming Pearl District just east of downtown. Just to show you how hip I am to the latest going on in town, I have no idea what this sign is about. None, zero, zip. And so that is the latest from the hip scene in Tulsa.
Tulsa’s downtown is slowly coming alive. The property owners are repurposing the older buildings and many are preserving the original signs from way back when.
Nothing like ghost signs on old buildings and blue skies under a bright Oklahoma winter sun.
One of the most famous Yankees is Mickey Mantle who grew up in Oklahoma. The Bricktown area of Oklahoma honors his memory with a restaurant and a sculpture near the AAA Bricktown Ballpark
Cushing, Oklahoma is a major hub for many crude oil pipelines that criss-cross North America. It is also the benchmark price location for crude worldwide. When you hear about “West Texas Intermediate” crude oil prices it is the price posted in Cushing, Oklahoma for that grade of oil.
The Vault is a new restaurant in downtown Tulsa that opened up in a re-purposed motor bank. It has a mid Century Modern theme. I don’t know if the food is any good but I love their sign.
Mural at Tulsa International Airport. I was there to pick up my Dad who flew in from Idaho.
I hope those who are traveling for Thanksgiving get to wherever you are going safely.
I get off work at 6 pm so it is pretty much dark when I get off work these days. So I’ve been seeking out some neon signs on the way home.
I really like the Atlas Life Building’s Sign. I just wish they could light up the globe that Atlas is straining to hold up.
If you back up a little bit on Boston Avenue it makes Tulsa look like a regular city. Tulsa already has their snowflake Christmas lights up.
Even the building next to my parking space looks metropolitan.
Speaking of globes the Tulsa World’s sign lights up the globe and the globe even rotates.
For those who are overwhelmed by the prospect of holding up the world they can go drown their troubles at Orphas. Tulsa highest class dive bar.