Giant Cups & Glasses

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In the early 1940s, Levengood Dairies of Pottstown built at least four milk and ice cream retail stores shaped like cups with straws protruding from their tops. They were originally just cup-shaped structures made of steel with sliding doors. Over the years, additions have been made to all four of the buildings shown below.

The Cup
Pottstown, PA
The Cup in Pottstown reopened in 2011 after being closed for many years. Since 2013, the building has housed Mannino's Pizzeria. [map]

CD's Place
Boyertown, PA
Rita's Italian Ice
Pennsburg, PA
In recent years, The Cup in Boyertown has housed "The North End Sandwich Shop" and "Mike's Corner Cup". Since, it has been "CD's Place." [map]

The Cup in Pennsburg was later called the "Penn Cup". It has been part of the "Rita's Water Ice" chain for many years. [map]

Speedie's Dinette
Reading, PA
Speedie's Dinette was originally another The Cup location. The restaurant is still open. [first photo thanks Ralph Hassel] [map]

Coffee & Cream [gone]
North Smithfield, RI
Dixie Cup House
Columbia, NJ
City Limits Diner
Stamford, CT
The Coffee & Cream cup advertised for a small drive-through coffee kiosk set back from the road. The giant cup was built around 1991. It doubled as a water fountain around 2001 when the first photo was taken. The ladder in the photo wasn't normally there. The second photo is from 2009 when the cup was functioning as a fountain. In 2013, I was told that the place is now known as Coffee & More. The cup had been repainted and steam was emitted from the straw. Photos from 2013 show the place was known then as the Icebox. In 2014, the building and cup were demolished.

The Dixie Cup House is another cup-shaped structure. It is presently occupied by Bob's Barber Shop. For an earlier photo, see this website. [map]

The City Limits Diner features this giant coffee cup as part of its sign. There are two other City Limits Diners in White Plains, NY (from 1994 and 1996). This location opened in 2002. [photo thanks DinerFan] [map]

St. Paul, MN
Coffee Mug
Seattle, WA
Mug of Cocoa
New York, NY
These Teacups are located at Como Park. This same ride appears at many other amusement parks across the country. The design was probably inspired by Disneyland's Mad Tea Party ride which was built in 1955.

This Coffee Mug is located at Red Cup Espresso. It has been here since at least 2007 when the business was known as In N Out Espresso. [map]

This Mug of Cocoa is part of the Hershey's Times Square animated sign which was created in 2002. Machines create the illusion of steam rising from the mug. [map]

Coffee Cup
Sacramento, CA
Cup O' Joe
Columbus, OH
Cupcake Cafe
Minneapolis, MN
This Coffee Cup is installed on the roof of a Starbucks. It has been here since at least 2008. Does anyone know if it was here from a previous business? [map]

This Cup O' Joe store is located in the Lennox Town Center shopping center. [map]

The Cupcake Cafe features this giant coffee cup on the side of the building. These photos are from 2008. In 2016, the building began housing T-Rex Cookie but the cup was still there. [map]

Giant Cup
Milwaukee, WI
The Giant Cup in Milwaukee was installed in 1997. It originally advertised for the Milwaukee Coffee Co. which occupied the space below. Since then, the building has housed different businesses. The Original Caradaro Club Pizza is there now. In 2009, the Caradaro Club announced that the cup would be replaced with a giant slice of pizza. However, as of 2015, the cup remains. [map]

Mobius Coffeehouse
Brenham, TX
2011: 2018:
The Mobius Coffeehouse opened in 2009. This giant cup was built from wood and fiberglass in 2010. It is more than six feet tall. The giant cup was missing for a few years. It was back by 2018 but in a lumpier shape and covered with some sort of tarp. [map]

Java Hut
Pipe Creek, TX
Koffee Kup Restaurant
Holly Hill, FL
Not of This World [gone]
Roswell, NM
The Java Hut cup was painted turquoise previously. This photo is from 2011. [map]

The Koffee Kup Restaurant features this giant cup on top of their sign. [map]

The Not of This World coffee shop and gift store opened around 2008. It had closed by 2012 when this photo was taken. I don't know if this giant coffee cup was built for this business or if it was already there. The cup was removed in 2017 when the facade was "improved" and the building began housing Cosmic Salad.

Coffee Cup
Vining, MN
Nestle Cup
Waverly, IA
Maltby Espresso [gone]
Snohomish, WA
Giant Martini [gone]
Ocean City, MD
The Coffee Cup in Vining was created by Ken Nyberg from scrap metal. It is one of several of his sculptures located in Nyberg Park. For more, see this website. [map]

The Nestle Cup is located in front of their production plant. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

Maltby Espresso featured a latte-shaped drive-thru kiosk. I believe this place opened in 2006. I'm told that this cup was originally used as an ice cream stand in Everett, WA. In 2017, it was replaced with a normal looking coffee booth.

The Giant Martini was a 25 foot tall sour apple martini. It was installed at the Paddock Nite Club. I believe this sign had been there since around 2000. By 2014, the place had become the Cowboy Coast Country Saloon and the martini as gone. For more, see this website.

Cup O' Chino
Bonsall, CA
2008: 2014:
The Cup O' Chino drive-thru coffee stand is shaped like a giant cup of cappuccino. It was built in 1995. These photos are from 2008. By 2010, the stand had closed and was moved to the back of the property in storage. Another cup-like building with a protruding straw is also located on this back lot. I don't know where that one was located. [map]

Son-Rise Espresso
Lake Isabella, CA
Perry's Cherry Diner [gone]
Green Bay, WI
Java J's (now Bristol BBQ)
Bristol, VA
Son-Rise Espresso has what appears to be an iced latte made of trash cans. [map]

The former Perry's Cherry Diner featured a giant cup incorporated into its building. It was built around 2005 but closed the following year 2006. By 2009, the building was demolished. The original Perry's Cherry Diner in Sturgeon Bay, WI is also closed. It did not have a giant cup.

Java J's features another modern giant cup. This drive-thru location opened in 2007. Around 2012, Java J's closed and Bristol BBQ had taken its place. The giant cup is still on the building and has been repainted. [map]

Dillanos Coffee
Roasters Cup
Sumner, WA
former Dillanos Coffee
Roasters Cup
Seattle, WA
This Dillanos Coffee Roasters Cup is installed inside Dillanos' production facility. It was originally built for the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, WA.

A second Dillanos Coffee Roasters Cup was made for a customer in Seattle. The cup had been installed on a pole at Short Stop Coffee since at least 2007. The cup still had the Dillanos label and a straw. In 2013, the business became the Way Station Coffee Co. and the cup was repainted and the straw was removed. In 2014, the business moved a block away. The cup was repainted and is now located on the roof. [map]

Lily-Tulip Corporation [gone]
Springfield, MO
Dixie Cup
Lexington, KY
The Lily-Tulip Corporation headquarters was built in 1952. It had an entry shaped like a giant cup with a straw. In 1989, the company became the Sweetheart Cup Company. In 2004, it was bought out by the Solo Cup Co. The plant closed in 2011 but the cup was still there. In 2015, the building was renovated for a new tenant and the giant cup was demolished. For more, see this website.

The Dixie Cup water tower in Lexington was erected here in 1958. Georgia-Pacific Corporation operates on the property now but this tower retains the Dixie Cup label. [map]

Solo Cup Company
Augusta, GA
Lily-Tulip Cup
Riverside, CA
This Solo Cup plant is still in operation - now as the Dart Container Corporation. It was built in 1947 for the Lily-Tulip Corporation. The building went through the same sequence of company names as the one described above in Springfield, MO. These photos are from 2009. In 2012, the "DART" name replaced "SOLO" on the Cup. [map]

The Lily-Tulip Cup in Riverside stands in front of the former Lily-Tulip Cup plant. It is about 30 feet tall. It appears to stand in the middle of a non-operating fountain. The plant was built in 1958 and the cup was probably built at that time. The first photo is from 2008. The concrete cup had been repainted by 2013 when the second photo was taken. [map]

Lily-Tulip Cup [gone]
Toronto, ON
This former Lily-Tulip Cup building was nearly identical to the ones in Springfield, MO and Augusta, GA shown above. This cup was originally painted white. This photo was taken in 2007. Lily-Tulip, later Solo Cup, had moved to another location and this building was being used by multiple tenants at that time. In 2010, this building was demolished. For more, see this website.

Milkshake Cup
Garden City, UT
Cherry Limeade Cup
Anson, TX
Tervis Tumbler
North Venice, FL
The Milkshake Cup is located at La Beau's Drive-in. This walk-up stand features raspberry milkshakes. The sign has been here since at least 1981. It is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

This giant Cherry Limeade cup is installed at Hatahoe Fish & Chick. The first Hatahoe Drive-in opened in Roby, TX in 1963. There were other locations in Hamlin, TX and Haskell, TX. There might have been others. This location was here by the early 1970s and it is the only one left. The sign originally had neon. [map]

Tervis Tumbler's headquarters features a two-story tall entrance representing their drinking glass. It was built in 2005. [map]

Coca-Cola Cup
Sacramento, CA
2008: 2014:
This giant Coca-Cola Cup was installed in 1996 in front of this Coca-Cola bottling plant. After Coca-Cola's botched recipe change and name change to New Coke in 1985, it began labeling its products as "Classic Coke". Between 2009 and 2011, it dropped the "Classic" from its labels. This cup was repainted for the switch. [map]

Dixie Cup Water Tower
Easton, PA
The Dixie Cup Water Tower is on the roof of the former Dixie Cup factory. The factory opened in 1921 and closed in 1983. It is now used as a warehouse and may eventually be converted to condos. The original Dixie Cup water tower from the 1920s is slightly different from the one that is there today. Hopefully, this water tower will survive during building's conversion. [two top photos thanks to Clint Newton] [map]

More Giant Cups & Glasses:
Cups Cafe (Homer, AK)
Glass of Tea (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Coca-Cola Cup (Orlando, FL)
Orange Juice Glass (various cities, FL) [gone?]
Gust Hauf Stein (Glendive, MT)
Milkshake (King, NC)
Joe's Diamond (Kearny, NJ) [vintage; gone]
Teacups Ride (Wildwood, NJ)
Coffee Cup (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Eklecticafe (Moab, UT)
Giant Cup (Tooele, UT) [gone]
Giant Cup (Milwaukee, WI)
Nescafe Cup (Caracas, Venezuela)

I don't believe this patented coffee cup was ever built.

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