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The Lost Art of Entryway Mosaic

How many times have you walked over something on your daily routine, and not noticed or appreciated it until sometime much later? The feeling was one I recently had on two occasions: the first involving cobblestone paths, and the other dirt paths. One is a deliberate creation, the other out of convenience.

On the third installment of this walking-related series, we’re going to explore the artwork underneath us as we walk in to early 20th century commercial buildings downtown.

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The Youngest Dombalis Watching the Bus at Mecca

Leaning against the glass door is Paul Jr., grandson of Paul Dombalis (middle right), the proprietor and grandson of the founder of Mecca Restaurant. The elder Paul noted that “he loves to watch the buses go by”.

The Lit Mecca Restaurant Neon Sign

Since the sign is only lit during business hours (7:30AM to 7PM), it’s not often you get to see it against a dark sky.


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