Do you ever just drive around looking at/for cool signs? I'm pretty sure that every region of the United States still offers an abundance of interesting signage to inspire the natural marketer/advertiser in all of us - if we just keep our eyes open. Many times my eyes are so wide open looking for cool signs that I miss what is happening on the road. As we have discovered, some of the best vintage signs are to be found at bowling alleys and we were certainly not disappointed by the towering, skewered diamonds of Friendly Hills Bowl in Whittier, CA.
Like many of the bowling alleys around Southern California, Friendly Hills Bowl is a relic of Jet Age optimism and architecture. The roof line looks like a jet taking flight while the structure is grounded by the weight of stacked stones; this juxtaposition of ultra modern angles and stone age materials always lends a dissonance that I find both confusing and thrilling.
|Friendly Hills Bowl - Whittier, CA|
|Anywhere we go, I'm always interested in light fixtures,|
but the more interesting part to me was the muted violet color
that predominated the color scheme of this and the last bowling
alley we featured (owned by two different companies). Is there
some psychological effect that shades of purple have on bowlers?
Eat more? Drink more? Bowl a few more frames?
|Mary had to stop for a hip photo op in front of the color-blocked lockers.|
|The flooring, paint scheme, and menu have been "updated," but the|
barstools and chrome prove that the bones of a cool snack shop are still there.
|Is it the friendly barroom at Friendly Hills Bowl, or the popular,|
teen hang out, The Max, from Saved by the Bell?
|A view of some fancy bowling balls|
available for purchase in the pro shop
I wonder if they have any of these in 4.5 lbs.
with extra large finger holes???
So Friendly Hills Bowl has all the hallmarks of a genuine bowling alley - Snack bar/coffee shop, check. Bar, check. Pro Shop, check. Beauty Parlor, Check. Beauty Parlor?!?!
|Friendly Hills Bowl has a beauty parlor conveniently located inside the bowling alley.|
H-A-I-R, big "D," little "e," Big "S," Big "I," Big "G,", Big "N," spells "coiffure me!"
Now that's class!
|Come to think of it, I'm not sure that Jem, herself, isn't|
a product of Hair DeSign's gifted team of stylists!
|Just in case you had any doubts - this ain't no salon; this is a beauty parlor.|
I can only assume that this is some kind of combination potty chair/hair dryer.
It seemed so strange to have a beauty parlor inside a bowling alley until we remembered that Covina Bowl had a beauty parlor as well, called Hair'em (adhering to the ye olde Egyptian theme of that establishment). Some of you more informed types out there might be able to fill me in; was it de rigueur to have a beauty shop as an obligatory addendum to the greater bowling experience?
|Hair'em at Covina Bowl|
|Considering getting a permanent, Mr. Tiny was feeling pretty|
friendly himself standing in the in the atrium-like
setting of Friendly Hills Bowl's entry created by the
sun-drenched horticulture filtered only by the architectural beams.
If you're looking for a fun day of bowling or just a slice of pizza and a finger wave, make your way down to Friendly Hills Bowl in Whittier. Look for the diamonds in the sky.
Friendly Hills Bowl
15545 E Whittier Blvd