An old sign of Silver Lake fades from view [updated]

sun lake drugs sign being removed by eastsider reader

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SILVER LAKE — A reader snapped a photo as the final pieces of the neon Sun Lake Drugs sign was being removed today. The sign at the southeast the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Parkman Avenue is going to be replaced by signage for the building’s new tenant:  Floyd’s 99 Barbershop

Earlier this year,  the co-owner of the building said that the lease requires Floyd’s to preserve the old sign but not keep it in the same location.  “I don’t think the ‘drug’ sign will fit with Floyd‘s 99 logo,” said the co-owner in an email. “However, we wanted to be sure that the sign would not be demolished and would be carefully removed for us to store elsewhere.”

Update: The sign has been donated to the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, museum director Kim Koga said in an email. “We will be displaying a portion of it for the next exhibition that will open in July.”

Sun Lake Drugs sign photographed in 2015

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  1. Losers. Total losers. Anyone with half a creative brain would figure out a way to blend that classic piece of history into the new design.

  2. just give me my $40 haircut already!
    I want to stare at posters of axl rose and rancid and ill be on my way.

    • Yep. That was my first thought. The shockingly high and gouging rents landlords of charging for the commercial property here now make it so nothing of an reasonable price can be here — and so people who have spent decades running a business for local service to the neighbors are losing their businesses and we neighbors are faced with losing the basic services we need at reasonable prices. And the people run out of business by it will probably end up on the street as more of the homeless people — businesses of that sort, whether the laundromat at Lucy’s or a small neighborhood pharmacy like Sun Drugs, can’t just relocate and pick up where they left off, it takes many, many years to build up a loyal customer base.

      • From what I remember reading, the owner of Sun Drugs has retired, so he wasn’t “run out of business” and I’m sure he’s not homeless. He probably has a very nice home in the San Gabriel Valley.

      • James is correct, the pharmacist chose to sell his business and retire. This is what prompted the search for a new tenant. The 80-year-old barber of 40 years also chose to retire; the landlords asked him what his future plans were prior to making any decisions about what to do with the property.

  3. come on, you guys. it’s gonna be a haircut place. YOU come up with a design that incorporates DRUGS PHARMACY into that business.
    in other news, the business has donated the sign to the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale. will that do?

    • I am betting that you are not from these parts and don’t know the history of Sun Lake Drugs. This whole city is doomed. Thanks to the g’s. You’re slowly killing the natives of Los Angeles. And I am pretty sure the Neon Museum is Downtown not in Glendale.

      • It’s in Glendale.

      • Neon Museum was priced out of downtown, it moved.

      • If you’re truly an “LA Native”, it’s surprising you have a problem with the sign being removed. Part of the culture of LA is that it has never been particularly concerned about historical preservation of this nature. It’s always been about knocking down the old and replacing it with the new. The city was founded in 1781, and became an official US municipality in 1850. How many buildings do you see standing from back then, or even from the turn of the 20th century? The answer is almost none. In other areas of the country, particularly in the northeast, things are much different, and a lot more architectural history is preserved. LA’s approach has just always been the opposite.

        In practical terms, it’s not fair to force a new, rent-paying tenant (whoever they might be) to adorn their space with a sign not representative of their business, and that’s just a fact. Signs are a form of advertisement, and it would be detrimental to their business to have it labeled with a sign that causes confusion about what form of enterprise actually occupies the building. That shouldn’t be difficult to understand.

        Also, let’s be real…it might be a somewhat cool sign in a shabby-chic sort of way, but the reality is that’s it’s a pretty unremarkable piece of work on a pretty unremarkable building. It’s sad that we’ve reached the point where people start yelling and whining about gentrification every time some faded, dingy piece of something that wasn’t that great anyway gets turned into something new.

      • dear LA Native,
        if being from these parts or not has any value, here it is. i was born at the old Queen of Angels Hospital (in Silver Lake) in 1953. i have lived in my current apartment (near Millie’s, where i used to work) for 20 years.
        also, i have done neon professionally since 1984, and was acquainted with the creator of the MONA before she created it.
        and i would bet that i’ve had more coffee at Tropical than you. the sign in question spent most of the last ten years not working properly, and would have been a fire hazard if the facade was not made of metal.
        these are some of my credentials for offering an opinion on this subject.

    • Start thinking now about how to fit “Urban Outfitters on the Sunset Junction sign and how to fit “Yard House” on the Vista’s rooftop.

  4. this just makes me sad, on so many levels.

  5. Floyd’s got 99 problems, one of them being a fucking moron

  6. I do not support a floyds moving in whatsoever


    how many of you actually shopped at sun lake or ever bought a single item from them in your lives?

  7. Queen of Angels, class of ’47. LA Natives walk among us. They look like everyone else, but there’s an air about them; something cool, something whiz-bang; a nod, a glance, gummy, the outward cuff, Who’s to say?

  8. Folks who hoped that the new barbershop had kept the old “Drugs-Pharmacy” sign must be very happy with the pho restaurant just across the street and slightly east that left the old “Escrow” sign up. I know that whenever I’m in the mood for a bowl of pho, I look for an escrow office.

  9. at least a sliver of El Figurin Barbershop will still live on Sunset Blvd.

    David hooked me up with his old Belmont that was in there for the whole time he was cutting.

    It’s now the first chair at The New California Barbershop.

    Thanks, David.

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