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The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Forty-four

Martin photographed these vibrant doors at the Cherry Pit Cafe and Pie Shop in Greensboro, North Carolina.

I found these at Le Pain Quotodien in Brooklyn, New York, where my daughter Laura now lives.

And this lady grins at the Joli Cantina in Brooklyn.

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I found this sign pointing to the restrooms at the Boxcar Bar and Arcade in Durham, North Carolina.

And here’s a bit of graffiti on the ladies room door. Love the pink. That graffiti artist came prepared!

You can find these doors at Nano Taco in Durham.

Torero’s in Durham is a colorful sight to behold. The booths:


The ladies room door:

And the door of the gentlemen’s bathroom:

Claire sent these from her trip to Hawaii.

And these were photographed by friends of Ken, who were also on an  Hawaiian vacation.

 

Mahalo as they say in Hawaiian, to all of you for your help with my Ladies Room Door Art Series. It’s hard to believe that this is my forty-fourth post.

Onward!


		
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The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Thirty-seven

From Linda, Ms. Wuf, on the door of Reynold’s Colosseum, the home of the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Below is a vintage sign for sale at Branching Out in University Mall in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It’s the first ladies room sign I’ve  found for sale. The price, at $135, seemed a bit steep though.

The ladies room signs at my new gym, Planet Fitness.

 

From Candace, The Pecan Lodge in Dallas, Texas.

Inside, Candace found this cross, which she says reminded her of Where’s Waldo or a hidden objects book.

 

From Greta, who found these cool doors when she was in Mississippi, as she says, “Playing the slots.”

 

 

From Abby, signs created by kids for the Moonlite Diner in Ft. Lauderdale.

From Joanna, the elephant area at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

From Susan, Coffee and Cinnamon in Durham North Carolina.

Also from Susan, art inside the ladies room at Floozies in Louisa, Virginia.

 

And the men’s

 

And I took these at Vine’s in Durham, North Carolina

 

At Truckyard, in Dallas, Texas

A friend of Ken’s sent these! Wow. Almost makes me want to be a man (although I’ve never heard a man report seeing one so elegant).

 

 


But I’ve never wanted a you-know-what like Dr. Freud claimed women did.

Have you?

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The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Thirty-three

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More doors!

From daughter Laura and son-in-law Matt, Amsterdam Falalel in Dallas, Texas.

I snapped this one at the Salt Grass Steakhouse in San Marcos, Texas.

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I met these cool cowboys inside the ladies room.

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This is the Caso Rio on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Cliff and I spent a few nights there before we met up with the kids in Austin for Christmas.

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Bella on the River in San Antonio. Wonderful Italian cuisine. We sat right by the water and waved at the passengers in the tour boats as they floated by.


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Doughnuts and chocolate glaze for dessert!

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We love the San Antonio Riverwalk. It’s romantic and festive. You can get some good hotel deals on Travelocity.

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More drinks by the river.

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On to Austin! The Pinthouse. Love those brass letters.

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Now we’re in Greenpond, New Jersey. Cliff was there in the fall for his cousin’s anniversary celebration, held in the Green Pond Firehouse. The women’s room door…

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And the men’s. Cliff’s cousin Robert is a fireman, and he reports that firehouses often have creative doors, connecting, hmmm…anatomy with firefighting equipment.
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Susan sent us The Asian Harbor Restaurant in Durham.

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From Candace, Buzz’s Roost in Georgetown, South Carolina.

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I took this one at the gas station  in Haw River, North Carolina, where Cliff loves to get coffee when we start our travels West on I-40.

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And from Carol, taken at Sidewall Pizza Company in Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina. Carol reports that the bunny is significant because the restaurant is close to the 25 mile +Swamp Rabbit Bike Trail. img_3367

From Lois, the Mellow Mushroom in Burlington, North Carolina. Mellow Mushrooms consistently have creative doors. You guys are mellow and fun!

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Kathy sent us this unisex door from the Girl and the Fig in Sonoma, California.

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Finally, if you’re in the mood to create your own bathroom art, try toilet paper tubes. Let the work of Fritz Jacquet inspire you! Check our his art here.

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The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Thirty-one

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From Jan, Goombay’s Grille and Raw Bar in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Below, the ladies room door a miniature golf course on the Outer Banks. These doors make me crave the warm beach days of summer.

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And also from Jan, the Badlands Saloon and Grille in Wall, South Dakota.

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I found this door at Jason’s Deli in Durham, North Carolina

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Daughter Laura and husband Matt found these doors on their babymoon in Bermuda.

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From Karen, Ropewalk Restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland.

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From Ken, Thaiphoon Restaurant in Crystal City, Virginia.

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From Carol, Daddy Joe’s in Gaffney, South Carolina.

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From Ken, who dined at Paisano’s on 1604, an Italian restaurant in San Antonio.

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Another from Jan, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant in Carolina Beach.

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From Carol, the door at Tumbleweed Restaurant, a Tex Mex grill in Chillicothe, Ohio.

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And that wraps up another in our Ladies Room Door Art Series! Thank you, one and all.

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The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Twenty-one

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Above, this door graces the entrance to the ladies room at The Calgary Stampede. Below, a Pizza Hut in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. These fine doors were sent to us by reader Cindy.

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Cindy wrote that she discovered the doors below “at a Greek restaurant in Banff. At first it was kind of confusing as to which was which.”

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I asked my friend, classical scholar Dr. Ken Ostrand, to identify the figures for us. The lady above is Athena. Ken writes about the gentleman below: “I’ve always felt it was Zeus, but until recently the majority view was that it was Poseidon. Now authorities are shifting to Zeus. It’s a magnificent bronze piece, about 6’6, naked, and powerful, from ca. 470 BC, if memory serves me right.”
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And finally, Cindy  found this sign at a bar in NW Wisconsin.
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The wreath graces the bathroom door at the Blissful Journey Day Spa here in Hillsborough.

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This tall lady peeks out from the ladies room door of Food Lion in Hillsborough.

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I snapped this elegant sign at the Black Bear Cafe and Bistro in Warrenton, Virginia.

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Reader Silvia sent this shadowy lady from the IKEA in Merriam, Kansas.

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Silvia found the  door below at The Chef, a diner in Manhattan, Kansas.

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And the fancy feather lady at The Folly Theater in Kansas City, Missouri.

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From Ericka, comes a door on Marco Island, Florida.

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Carol, famous for The Potty Trip of Potty Trips, discovered this door at the Evans Prairie County Club, The Villages, Florida.

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And another from Carol, Morgan’s Tavern in New Bern, North Carolina.

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Finally, a lady shape on the wall at my beloved Southpoint Mall. I think she’s got a nice funky edge to her.

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And that wraps it up for Edition Number Twenty-one of our Ladies Room Door Art Series. I can’t tell you how excited I am to receive an email with new doors! Thank you all so much!

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The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Seventeen

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I took this sign above the ladies room at The Pilot House in Wilmington, North Carlolina. It’s simple and classy. Inside the bathroom, I found a fireplace, which I’ve never seen in a ladies room before!

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From reader Judy comes a sign above a bathroom the Among the Flowers Cafe on Martha’s Vineyard.

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From reader Kathy, the doors of the Lady and the Fig in Sonoma, California. Kathy reports they used to have Barbie on one door and Ken on the other, but the bathrooms have gone gender-neutral. Speaking of gender neutral, here’s a recent article on the topic in the New York Times. I gotta say though, it breaks my heart to think the ladies room door series may have to come to a close one day.

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How do you feel about gender-neutral bathrooms? Am I correct in assuming these are single person bathrooms and that it doesn’t mean men and women will be next to one another in the stalls?

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I was delighted to find this door at the Angus Barn, a longstanding old favorite in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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And this festive chicken tile inside one of the ladies rooms.

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Since the restaurant’s name is Angus Barn, look at these great stall doors. Talk about a play on words!

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Finally, another door at the Angus Barn.This one’s near the cozy upstairs bar (where they offer complimentary cheese and crackers).

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The Birchhill B and B in Liscomb, Nova Scotia. Once again, from loyal reader Judy.

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Judy found this one at the  Celtic Interpretive Centre in Nova Scotia. The bottom letters are Gaelic.

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Here are shots she took a the  Bell Bouy Restaurant in Nova Scotia.

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Some equal time for the men.

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Reader Cindy writes this about a door she found at the Blue Water Bistro: “This lovely mermaid graced the ladies’ room door where my college friends and I had lunch during a recent reunion in Estero, Florida.  We graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1978, live in 6 different states, and get together every year in a different location.” Fun!
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Finally. from Judy and Alice, Taste Full Beans, Hickory, North Carolina (a joint bathroom door sighting!)

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When you go to a holiday Christmas party, do check out the ladies room door. And for those of you traveling this season, let sending a door to Friend for the Ride be  a happy highlight. My email is on the right. Thanks!

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The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Fourteen

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More doors!

Above, a faux chalk door at La Place, a restaurant not far from my house.

Below, a lovely silhouette in the lobby of The Queechee Inn in Queechee Vermont. We traveled to green and beautiful Vermont in June for the wedding of a family friend.

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And this sign at the Burlington Town Center in Vermont gets the prize for prettiest mall bathroom door.

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A carved wooden sign at the Queechee Gorge Village, a series of antique and other shops.

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The Circle K where we stopped for gas in Ossipee, New Hampshire.

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The Ice House in New Castle, New Hampshire.

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This gentle giant gazes at you when you sit on the pot at the Ice House.

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The very elegant door at Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire.

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From my friend Justin, who teaches English in China. This unisex sign hangs outside the art museum in Ningbo.

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From reader Candace, who found this sign at a dive bar in Charlestown, South Carolina. Neither she nor her husband can remember the name of the bar. Sounds like they had a pretty good time!

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Candace snapped this a way cool fish made of liquor labels.

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And she found this door at Jalapenos in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Brand new friend and blog reader Greta poses outside a ladies room in Amsterdam.

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From Lilly, a photo snapped at The Strand in Galveston, Texas.

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And I found this one at Old Town, San Diego.

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As I stood in front of the ladies room at Maggiano’s at Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina, a woman said, “You must being doing something arty.” I explained that I photograph interesting ladies room doors for my blog. “I like this bumpy glass,” I told her.

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On the way out she said, “Why don’t you take the back of the door too?” So I did!

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What an amazing world! Art abounds, even in bathrooms, if you keep your eyes open for it. May you find today the ladies room door of your dreams (and snap a photo for me). Thanks!

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