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Pot of Gold
Las Vegas, NV
2014: 2017:
The Pot of Gold was built around 2002 as an ice cream stand. There was a spoon protruding from the top of the structure then. The ice cream stand had closed by 2007. By 2008, the structure was housing a coffee stand known as SexxPresso which featured scantily clad baristas. By 2011, the building was housing 9091, a Korean taco stand. The building housed the Gold & Beyond pawn shop when the first photo above was taken. The spoon was gone by then. By 2016, the building was housing Desi Burrito, an Indian fast food stand. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Vick's VapoRub Jar
Philadelphia, PA
The Vick's VapoRub Jar water tower is now used as a cell phone tower. The factory building below was built in 1923. It now houses American Can & Recycling. The third photo above was taken in 2013 when the cell phone tower features were removed. [third photo thanks Joe Durrance] [map]

Bondurant's Pharmacy
Lexington, KY
The Bondurant Pharmacy building is shaped like a giant mortar and pestle. It was built and patented in 1975 and is 30 feet tall and 32 feet in diameter. The pestle protrudes another 10 feet above the structure. The building has two drive-thru windows: one for ordering and one for pick-up. Unsure if the pharmacy would be successful, Joseph Bondurant decided to use the second floor as an apartment for himself. However, business was good and he never had to live there.

The back parking area has old drive-in style, two-way speakers with a sign: "When your order's ready, we will call you to the pick up window." These speakers were used until around 2000. In 2011, the pharmacy closed and the signs were covered up. Since 2012, the building has housed Imperial Liquor. The building and the pestle which protrudes from the building have been painted green. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

I don't believe this design from 1948 of a mortar & pestle drug store was ever built.

former Chili Bowl
Alhambra, CA
former Chili Bowl
Glendale, CA
former Chili Bowl
Huntington Park, CA
former Chili Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
2008:
2013:
These buildings were once part of a chain of 23 chili bowl shaped buildings built in the Los Angeles area. Arthur Whizin, the "Chili Bowl King", started the chain of restaurants in 1931. I believe only these four buildings remain. Supposedly, each of the buildings had a spoon handle protruding from the top. However, none of the vintage photos that I have seen confirm this. The interiors featured a 26-stool circular counter. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The former Chili Bowl in Alhambra is now occupied by the Kim Chuy Restaurant. [map]

The former Chili Bowl in Glendale now houses the Valley Dealer Exchange, a used car dealership. [map]

The former Chili Bowl in Huntington Park was built in 1931. It housed the Guadalajara de Noche night club for many years. The business appeared to be closed when these photos were taken in 2013. [map]

The former Chili Bowl in Los Angeles housed Mr. Cecil's California Ribs when the photo above was taken in 2008. The building now houses Shunji Japanese Cuisine. The original Chili Bowl sign on the roof was adapted by both businesses. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Giant Longaberger Basket
Newark, OH
This Longaberger Basket was built in 1997 as the company's headquarters. It cost $30 million to build. The seven-story building is an exact replica of the company's medium-sized picnic basket. Synethetic plaster was used to create the curved basket weave exterior. The basket's handles are heated to prevent ice from forming and falling on the roof. In 2016, the company announced that it was moving out to consolidate its operations in Frazeysburg, OH. The building was still vacant in 2018. For more, see this website. [map]

Longaberger Homestead
Frazeysburg, OH
The Longaberger Homestead is 17 miles east of the company's Giant Basket headquarters shown above. This tourist attraction features exhibits, basket-making instruction, restaurants, gift shops, a golf course, and a manufacturing tour. The 20 foot tall Apple Basket is located here. This photo from 2001 shows the basket without the apples. The apples were installed by 2003. There is also a giant basket in the parking lot.

Giant Picnic Basket
Dresden, OH
Longaberger also made this Giant Picnic Basket which is located in downtown Dresden. It was modeled after the company's Market Basket. It is 48 feet long, 11 feet wide, 23 feet high. The basket was made from ten hardwood maple trees.

More Giant Containers:
Presto Whip Cans (Dearborn, MI) [vintage; gone]

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