If you live in East Nashville, and you drink alcohol, you probably have an opinion about Weiss Liquors vs. Main Street Liquor. Some folks have strong opinions on this topic. Here are two empirical facts: 1) Main has colder refrigerators and 2) Weiss wins the sign war hands down. Weiss Liquors goes back a long way. Nicholas Weiss first started selling alcohol downtown in the 1890s. The business has moved a few times since, landing in its current location in 1961. The sign first showed up in the 1930s and has moved twice since then. The arrows, not part of the original design, were added in the 1940s. You can read more at Nashville Design History, in an article by John Whitman. Since then the sign has been featured in movies, music videos, and on more than a few Instagram accounts. Sadly, some of the letters are out right now due to vandalism. That’s a tough one. BTW, if you’re looking for work, as of this posting, Weiss is hiring!
UPDATE: This sign was smashed to the ground by the March 3, 2020 tornado.
UPDATE: The sign has been rebuilt!
Located at 824 Main Street. Impossible to miss. There is of course parking at Weiss, and at the storage center next door. The parking lot can be tricky on weekend evenings.
November 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm
Take a new look at this one – there’s a fabulous new mural on the side!!
November 19, 2018 at 10:34 pm
Thanks for the tip. Coincidentally, I posted about your Lane Motor Museum piece today.
November 20, 2018 at 12:04 am
Impressive. You really do your homework!
If you’re interested, here are a few more:
“Welcome to Flatrock”, CSX overpass on Nolensville Rd in front of the Zoo.
River Plantation overpass in Bellevue
Bicentennial Mall retaining wall on 5th, next to the dancing fountains
The wall next to Shooters, on Murfreesboro Pike, down from Lane Motor Museum
Like I said, Weiss Liquors – pretty new
The wall on the other side of the Church Street park mural – balconies
The Arcade alley (best viewed from Union)
A brand new one – weeks old – Marathon Petroleum offices on 51st, behind Frothy Monkey. Can’t miss it (and I’m particularly proud of what we did with the windows!) 17’h x 180’w wall
And of course, the Vanderbilt Coaches on West End – first painted in 1992, updated every time there’s a new coach!
I’ve got more if you want ‘em!
And, just for clarity, I use an ampersand in the name of my company – Murals & More. Always have!
Thanks for what you’re doing. For ALL of the artists out there. Long overdue.
November 20, 2018 at 12:17 am
Thanks for all the tips!
November 20, 2018 at 12:19 am
BTW – I was confused about your earlier tip. I see that every day as I live nearby. It’ll be on the blog soon enough!