records, drugs and neon

I came across Lawrence Record Shop in Nashville when I was there on a business trip. I remember standing in front of it taking these pictures thinking that this was going to have to be a 1ne post. There was just too much awesome going on in to possibly compare it to another picture. This building was built in 1954.1The hand painted welcome sign above the door was featured in a previous post.
2I guess that E had someplace better to be. Is that a record after the word records? Or is it using the N to make music note? Good thing the N didn’t join the E and take off!
3Super awesome hand painted sign on the side of the building:
4After I was done drooling over Lawrence, I looked to the left and was amazed by this building which has an amazing history:

Merchant’s Restaurant (which is an awesome restaurant) opened in 1988 in the old Merchant’s Hotel, which was constructed in 1892. The original structure was a three-story building built circa 1870 which housed a pharmacy on the 1st floor, a hardware manufacturing company on the 2nd floor, and a wholesale drug company on the 3rd floor that was famous for producing the alcohol and opium based “Blood Medicine” which can still be seen advertised on the brick walls today. The Merchant’s Hotel in 1892 offered the European Plan which was 25 cents a day for lodging and another 25 cents for a meal. Each room had a bed and a fireplace, and privacy was not guaranteed.

Many notable Nashville legends stayed at the old Merchant’s Hotel, including Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Porter Waggoner, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Roy Acuff to name a few. When you walk through the building you can see the vestiges of the original hotel rooms with fireplaces. Downstairs original marble counters and tile are still maintained and every effort has been made to hold on to the unique history and architecture of this renowned Nashville establishment:
5Detail of Drugs on the top left of the building above the 2nd window:6
8This post wouldn’t be complete without some neon, right?! This sign is directly to the right of Lawrence Records:
9Arrow, anyone?! It sure was nice to letterhunt listening to live country music.

It’s the weekend! Back at it on (Manhole) Monday!


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