I’ve always loved taking pictures downtown. Back in 2002 I was continuously crawling through the alleys to find ghost signs. I took shots of ghost signs, architectural details and things that have been around for the past hundred years. In the process, I got some great shots, well “okay” shots, of Smith Drugs. After Smith went out of business and took their signs with them, I started focusing on the merchants themselves. I took a few shots here and there but I’ve really been hell-bent for leather the last few weeks since discovering Yelp.com. A lot of the shots are no good, blurry because I wanted to use natural lighting and somehow that is just really hard to do with my camera. I know it all has to do with shutter speed. I’ll figure something out. At any rate, I just really like some of these for one reason or another. These are all recent, taken in the last couple of weeks.