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Tell us what to do with the King of Jeans sign, and win a relic from the store

If you’ve been reading this website (thank you, thank you, thank you), you know our obsession with every minuscule development that transpires with transforming the King of Jeans building into apartments, office space and retail (click the link to find all previous coverage). Now we bring your attention to an issue that for some neighborhood residents is just as notable as the building’s redevelopment. What the hell should be done with the sign?

Developer Max Glass reached out to us last week to solicit our feedback on just that question. Our answer? Let’s get everyone involved, mostly because we don’t know. The one thing we do know is that because so many people love the sign, and so many people hate it,  it’s a conversation starter. In our minds, that qualifies as worthy of steering the conversation toward saving it in some way. To that end, we’re announcing a contest. Send us an idea, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for this antique lamp, which was purchased off the sidewalk at KOJ in the last moments of the maniacal clear-out of merchandise last week.

Just kitschy enough, right? Sorry, no size 46 jeans were left

First things first, if you’ve seen the renderings (below), you’ll see that Glass has wisely decided to remove the sign in favor of providing his tenants with the magic of windows. That means we need to put it somewhere else, but where and how? The sign is huge, at least 30 feet square, which narrows the range of possibilities. Keep in mind, the blank Cantina wall is a nonstarter because it will be soon covered with a mural (more on that soon, by the way). But we’re thinking small, here. You shouldn’t.

So, tell us your ideas on what we should do with the sign by either emailing us at or telling us on Twitter @PassyunkPost. Either way gets you an entry in the contest. Or if you don’t want the stinking lamp, just tell us in the comments. Submit your entries by Friday Dec. 14, and we’ll announce the winner the next Monday. We look forward to hearing from you and we’ll report back on the best of the bunch.

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16 Responses to Tell us what to do with the King of Jeans sign, and win a relic from the store

  1. Brett Guzzi December 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I like the idea of converting the pieces into some sort of wall art or auction items. It would be nice if the large space above Isabella’s pizza had a mural or collage (isn’t there some washed up Channel 6 News billboard there now?) where an artist could pay homage to the sign by including a smaller scale version with some other EPX staples painted(eg – EPX manhole covers, Joey Giardello, Civic Association logo, NG Saints logo, etc etc etc)(probably 1,000 other ideas). I know this is not the purist “what to do with the sign” suggestion, because I can’t wait to see it removed with the building renovations but across the streets needs some sprucing and could tribute the Avenue’s history.

  2. kyle December 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Depending on the development plans, and the amount/placement of windows, maybe it could simply be mounted flat on the North facing side of the new building (top floor, above the 3-story building next door). People walking South down Passyunk will be able to see it way up high (kind of a hidden gem?) but people driving up the Ave won’t know it’s still there.

  3. Byron Newport December 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Why was my comment deleted?

  4. Albert Stumm December 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I don’t know! I checked back and it was gone! Please, feel free to do it again. You were the one who had the great idea you splitting it up and auctioning it off for charity

  5. Jeff December 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Throw it into the weed garden caddy-corner from POPE!

  6. tonytrov December 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Break it into tiny little pieces and make a Passyunk Ave Indian mosiac.

  7. Anne Edwards December 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Inlay it in the street and paint over it with tar & cement.

  8. Vincent Guinan December 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Sort of piggy backing on tonytrov’s idea, give it to that guy on Watkins St who made the Magic Gardens.

  9. Albert Stumm December 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Ah! found Byron Newport’s comment:

    They should carefully cut it up and convert the pieces into wall art. (eg piece 11 of 150 – The “Jade” tattooed foreman) Auction them off and give the money to a neighborhood charity. I’d bet you can get at least $500 for the crown alone. This would allow people to have their own piece of history in their homes.

  10. Anonymous December 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Put in on the roof next to the proposed helipad.

    Wait, there’s no HELIPAD?

  11. Rachel December 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    I don’t think you should separate the kissing couple. The sign has no meaning in pieces. They should auction off the whole thing and use the money for improvements to the Avenue. I bet whoever is living in that Italianate mansion next to Black n’ Brew would buy it. Or perhaps it could find a home at the Mummer Museum, or another historical society? It could also be valuable as a movie prop for something set in the 80s.

  12. Erik Berger December 7, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    I wonder if the Philadelphia History Museum (fka Atwater Kent) would have any use for it?

  13. Budgie December 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    I like the idea of auctioning off the original and commissioning a commemorative mural (a bit smaller in scale than the original) along the avenue (from here:

  14. Rachel December 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Someone should open a bar called King of Jeans, with the sign displayed inside. Bonnie’s Capistrano is for sale, it could be re-named. Although I doubt they have the space for the sign.

  15. Anonymous December 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Cover up that ugly Septa power station next door.

  16. Margie December 12, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Love Rachel’s idea – I would go to the King of Jeans bar just to hang out with that sign!

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