CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An iconic sign on Charleston's West Side has come down for repairs.
The sign on the Fountain Hobby Center, at the corner of West Washington Street and Bigley Avenue, was taken down on Thursday, according to the shop's Facebook page.
Charleston zoning officials approved the sign repair last summer. Signs that project away from buildings, like the Fountain Hobby sign, are no longer permitted under city zoning laws, so the shop's owners had to get permission to take it down and put it back up.
Cathy Morse Callihan said last summer her grandfather commissioned the Fountain Hobby sign when he opened what was a soda fountain and drug store in North Charleston in 1947. Her family moved the shop to its current location, a former Valley Bell store, in 1960.
"People come from all over to take pictures of the sign." It's one of the last of its kind, she said. "It designates an area. I think it's like everything -- you appreciate what you don't have."