Orange You Glad

When I drive home from the karate studio where I teach Zumba to the kiddos on Friday afternoons, I pass this awesome retro sign.  It’s painted on the side of an abandoned building.  The colors are so vibrant!  I’d love to have a framed print of this advertisement for my wall.  A few weeks ago, I decided to photograph it.  You never know when or if the old building that it’s painted on will be demolished.

Harvey’s Groves is a major grower of Indian River citrus in our county.  Their shop is located across US 1 from the abandoned building.  I’m not sure if the abandoned building used to be owned by a competing grower or if it was always owned by Harvey’s Groves.

I love the spinning orange man on top of Harvey’s building.  It’s not everyday that you see an orange in a suit…

I love imagining how it used to be around here when US 1 was the only major north-south road in the county.  Long before I-95 came along when cars did not have air conditioning and mosquitoes would take over summer evenings .  Back when little mom and pop citrus growers and packers would sell their fruit at roadside stands.  The roadside stands would be surrounded by citrus groves thick with the smell of orange blossoms (my most favorite fragrance).   There would be nothing for miles in either direction.

Several miles south is this little orange juice stand.  It reminds me of something that you would have found along Route 66.  It has long since been closed for business but our local rotary club preserved it.  Thank goodness.  Isn’t it adorable?!  I would hate to see something like this destroyed.

I’ll try to feature some more Brevard County coolness every once in a while.  I love learning about and seeing other places.  So, I’ll try to share with you some of the unique things about where we live.  Maybe I can inspire some of you to do the same?


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