The neon sign from my grandfather’s old bike shop is once again hanging in Frankfort

Remember how, a few days ago, I told you that the site of my paternal grandfather’s old bicycle shop in Frankfort, Kentucky had recently been reopened as a brewery? Well, since I posted that, I’ve come into possession of two more photos. The first is of my grandfather, Augustus Charles Maynard, counting change at the old Cycle Center. [I’d always thought that he looked like a mix between Bing Crosby and Don Knotts.] The second was taken a few days ago by one of my father’s step-brothers, at the Goodwood Brewery. According to my uncle, the owners of the brewery had found the old neon sign from my grandfather’s bicycle shop in the basement, and had it refurbished. In the third photo, which I shared in my earlier post, you can see what the sign looked like in its previous life, hanging in front of 109 West Main Street.

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  1. ElsieGal
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Bing Crosby and Don Knotts….perfect description, and what a handsome man!! Thanks so much for this post. Love love love all of the photos. This isn’t my history (obviously), but it’s eerily and fabulously familiar because we all have Uncles and Grandfathers and Aunts with similarly plain and yet amazing stories and provenance. Nice to know that the neon sign is shining once again.

  2. wobblie
    Posted August 27, 2019 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Aloha MM, so glad it did not end up in South Dakota.

  3. anonymous
    Posted August 27, 2019 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I am glad to see your Grandfathers excellent sign is still hanging! Wow!

  4. Jean Henry
    Posted August 27, 2019 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I love this. Neon is amazing. Expensive to refurbish too. This is both good and lucky. Nice to see tings fall that way once in a while.

  5. Frosted Flakes
    Posted August 27, 2019 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    its a good sign

  6. iRobert
    Posted August 29, 2019 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Fucking awesome!

  7. Jacob
    Posted November 21, 2021 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    , I Jacob Maynard and I am Charlie Maynard’s grandson too. I never heard of you until today when I happened upon this random article from a few years ago. I now know you are the son of Charles Curtis, our grandfathers first marriage. I am sorry you never knew your grandfather, because he was an amazing man! He was kind, patient, and loved me unconditionally. I hope all is well, and I am happy to Answer any questions you might have.

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