Curtis Shaddox

We bet you didn’t know that the LUMI Neon Museum has one of the country’s foremost sign experts on our Board, and more importantly, in the trenches, bringing these beautiful neon signs back to life! Curtis Shaddox & LUMI on location watching the Western Auto sign...

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Kelly’s Bakery

Our newest rescue!  After serving five years in WWII Europe, Jim Kelly purchased a doughnut shop at the corner of St. John Blvd. and Jackson Ave. in Northeast Kansas City. There, he and his new bride, Millie, founded Kelly’s Bakery.   © Nick VedrosA...

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Kuluva’s Department Store

In 1912, Joe & Sadie Kuluva opened Kuluva’s Department Store in the Armourdale district of Kansas City, KS. They sold clothing and shoes to the hard working people in the meat packing houses and the stockyards of Kansas City. Their goal was to enable working...

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Arrow Neon Sign

Hey, Kansas City, maybe you can point us in the right direction.  The LUMI is looking for clues about our amazing neon Arrow sign. Where did it hang and to what Kansas City business did it point?  Can you help?     BEFORE © Nick Vedros Here’s what we know: The...

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Iconic 4 Acre Motel

The LUMI is thrilled to add the classic 4 Acre Motel sign to our museum collection, thanks to a tip from photographer Tom Barnhart who first spotted it and was good enough to text a photo to Nick. We date this beauty to about 1955. If you happen to see this and can...

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Crick Camera

The original Crick Camera Shop was located in The Brookside Theatre building on 63rd and Brookside Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. The tiny shop was owned and operated by Thelma and Bill Crick. A 37-cent roll of film marked their beginning on April 8th, 1946. The shop...

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Cascone’s Grill

Cascone's Grill, where "Italian cuisine meets American diner," has been located in the River Market since 1930. The chef created Italian sausage & eggs, hash browns, meatloaf and gravy, and much, much more. The Kansas City family breakfast and lunch staple decided...

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