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The following signs are located along the world famous Beale Street in Memphis, TN. All signs shown were designed by Chuck Mitchell of Mitchell Creative in Memphis, TN, and constructed and installed by Frank Balton Signs in Memphis, TN.

Many thanks to Chuck Mitchell for photos and description information of each sign.

 

Strange Cargo
Memphis, TN
Photo copyright Chuck Mitchell, Memphis, TN

This neon sign is at the Strange Cargo store on the famous Beale Street in Memphis, TN. The 3 vertical color zig-zags chase each other on the sign. 03-06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blues City Cafe
Memphis, TN
Photo copyright Chuck Mitchell, Memphis, TN

Here's a gem of a neon sign at the Blues City Cafe along Beale Street. The marquee features three neon forks that were used as a beacon to attract potential customers coming out of the Memphis Orpheum Theater one block up. The three forks chase each other back and forth.

The Blues City Cafe restaurant and sign were originally designed by Chuck as "Doe's Eat Place", which was a franchise of a small, somewhat regionally famous, (dinner only) steakhouse in Mississippi.  Due to certain creative branding issues, the franchise owner decided to make a change to a new name and Mitchell Creative came up with the Blues City Cafe name and revised his original design for the sign.  As the movie The Firm was about to film on location in Memphis, the name and signage was changed within 48 hours.  This sign, as well as that of B.B. King's can be seen in the movie. 03-06

 

 

Alfred's Restaurant and Bar
Memphis, TN
Photo copyright Chuck Mitchell, Memphis, TN

The unique sign resembling a microphone is located at Alfred's Restaurant and Bar in Memphis. The recessed microphone holes have hidden bands of blue neon that chase each other. 03-06

 

 

Strange Cargo
Memphis, TN
Photo copyright Chuck Mitchell, Memphis, TN

Check out the neon sign for BB King's Blues Club in Memphis, shown here at dusk. The Memphis location is the first of the BB King clubs and was built in 1991. 03-06

The first "B" lights, adds the second "B" and then the "KING's.

 

 

Memphis Music
Memphis, TN
Photo copyright Chuck Mitchell, Memphis, TN

The neon sign for the Memphis Music store on Beale Street lights up the walkway at night. Check out the multi-colored neon lettering on this sign. 03-06

 

 

Dyer's Burgers
Memphis, TN
Photo copyright Chuck Mitchell, Memphis, TN

Featuring another of the eye-catching neon signs designed by Chuck Mitchell, the Dyer's Burgers in Memphis has been operating since 1912. Dyer's is famous in the area for its tasty and greasy burgers. 03-06

 

 

Bar
Memphis, TN
Photo copyright Chuck Mitchell, Memphis, TN

The bar sign features a neon "dripping action". The sign is also located along Beale Street. 03-06

 

 

 

 

 

 

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