There's one more sign that's been added to the growing lower Washington Avenue landscape. Last evening, the trendy bourbon bar Julep, shared the above picture of their new sign on social media with the following message:
This was worth the wait. Our 20 gauge steel neon sign fabricated by the Houston Sign Maker Co and designed by "King Neon"himself Tim Walker. A little shy of 9' tall and very hard to miss.
The bar was without signage since opening in August. Two weeks ago, owner and bartender Alba Huerta told attendees at Anvil's Bar & Refuge's monthly cocktail class the sign would be ready in the coming weeks. She acknowledged people had difficulties finding the bar and hoped the sign would make it easier for them.
Why the delay? Waiting to receive approval to hang the sign. The building Julep occupies was a former uniform factory and considered a historic building. Similar to the delays during the build-out and restoration of the bar, Julep had to wait on approval from the City of Houston's Historic Preservation Office. In addition to their approval, another was required by the volunteer-run Old Sixth Ward Historic District.
Huerta tells Eater Houston, "the wait was worth it. The Old Sixth Ward Historic District is doing good things for the neighborhood...keeping the heart of the neighborhood in place."
Juelp's sign was a collaborative effort between Neon Gallery and Houston Sign Maker Co. Tim "King Neon" Walker was responsible for the artistic design and neon light works while Houston Sign Maker Co. oversaw the sign's metal framework. Once completed, installation of the sign took around nine hours.