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Silver Lake 'Drugs' Sign Is Destined For The Museum Of Neon Art

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A vintage sign above a shuttered Silver Lake drug store will get a second life at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale.For decades, the Sun Lake Drug neon sign served as a beacon at the southeast corner of Sunset Blvd. and Parkman Ave.—just across the street from Café Tropical—but will soon be replaced by the signage of the building's new occupant, Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, according to The Eastsider. While some classic neon signs around town will remain in place under new ownership, the co-owner of the building that houses the former drug store says that under their lease, Floyd's must preserve the sign, but isn't required to keep it there.

"I don’t think the ‘drug’ sign will fit with Floyd‘s 99 logo," the co-owner, told The Eastsider. "However, we wanted to be sure that the sign would not be demolished and would be carefully removed for us to store elsewhere."

Instead the sign will take a trip to Glendale where the Museum of Neon Art recently reopened. “We will be displaying a portion of it for the next exhibition that will open in July," explained director Kim Koga in an email.

Sun Lake Drugs closed shop last June when owner and pharmacist Dean Ng decided to retire two years early at the age of 68, faced with the growing demands of running an independent drug store, the Eastsidersaid at the time. Ng bought the store in 1977 after filling in for the previous pharmacist on Saturdays. A drug store has operated at the corner for roughly 80 years, and when Ng took over there was still a four-stool soda counter in the corner of the store.

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