City Market Signage (1)


The Capitol Hill City Market on Bellevue and Olive is a neighborhood fixture. It’s a better than average quickee mart, with a good selection of basic food and snacks, but it’s the outdoor signs that give the market its own unique personality. Created by Cain, the daytime deli manager, the signs are simply drawn caricatures of celebrities and cartoon characters, with often silly captions touting the virtues of the market. The signs are almost invariably amusing, and some of the best are downright funny.

I still think that the drawing of Janet Jackson saying, “You’d be a boob not to shop at City Market” (displayed in the days after the notorious “wardrobe malfunction”) is the all time best, but this recent Star Wars inspired number is pretty darn good too.

3 Comments so far

  1. Kelly Hills (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 11:16 pm

    Hehe! I saw that one walking home from fireworks on Monday, and just cracked up. It’s one of the reasons to take the 43 home, so far as I’m concerned. ;)


  2. naiah (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 10:49 am

    OMG, I think I’m in love with whoever drew that.

  3. josh (unregistered) on July 11th, 2005 @ 6:31 pm

    I walk past those signs on the way to my office every day and have been meaning to document them forever. That one is especially great!

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