Chiaramonte's Deli & Sausages is San Jose's oldest running shop, dating back to 1908.
This site documents the disappearing vintage signage of San Jose, California, captured through Urban Sketches. Know of a sign I haven’t sketched yet? Or a story connected to a sign? I’d love to hear from you. Use the contact page and get in touch.
Liquor Bottle Shop
The great thing about small store signs is that I see the neon tubing, the wiring...all the stuff that makes it so [Read More]
La Villa Delicatessen
Rumor has it that La Villa still sells about 1000 boxes of raviolis a week and the day or two before Christmas, [Read More]
Empty Signs V: Ken Ying Low Chop Suey Restaurant
I sketched this “empty sign” in San Jose’s Japantown years ago, before I knew it’s [Read More]
Empty Signs IV: Mexican Food
Another Empty sign, an intriguing Googie sign with just the words ‘Mexican Food’ [Read More]
Andy’s Pet Shop
Andy's Pet Shop has the most beautiful macaw in their sign. Currently, he sits in the back room of the store, [Read More]