Hello, June!

Oh, it was only April when we last saw snow, and now we already have summer. It's only the first of June, but it's as hot as August. It makes that pool image above look positively delightful!

We've been up to a lot in the past month - road trips, sending out orders, and creating new products. Read on for more information!
For those of you who are old readers of our blog,* you might remember our Road Trip series of posts.  One of them was the start of our Route 66 adventures.  Our headquarters are in St. Louis - just two blocks off of old Route 66.  Last year in September we got a wild hair to get in the car and go - just to see how far we could get down the Mother Road.  This Memorial Day weekend we decided to pick up where we left off in Conway, Missouri and continue west as far as we could get over the long the weekend.
(*Yes, the blog will be back - including the original posts - in the new iteration of our website.)
First, our road rules.  If you see something, say something, even if that means a U-turn (and we made a lot). Many of our photos are just a quick stop taken from the window while some required longer stops. We also rented a fun car (a 2018 Mustang with cooled seats) and we stayed in old motels still in business. Let's go!
Our first out-the-window photo was this cute house just outside of Conway, Missouri.  Check out those shutters! (L)

Just east of Springfield, Missouri, we saw the remains of an old drive-in theater, the Holiday. (Below)
The first of many old motels along the route, this one still in service. The Rest Haven Court is a beautiful example of the traditional Ozark rock masonry used in the construction of the motel rooms. (R)

Rancho Motel just down the route is currently used as housing.  It, too, is made of the Ozark rock masonry with beautiful brick accents. (BL)

The day we were in Springfield was also a car show, and there were amazing cars all over town. (BR)
Just for a little fun, how about the hula shake (or a Pineapple Whip)?
Eventually, we made it to Carthage where we spent the night at the Boots Court Motel. The Boots Court Cabins, originally constructed in 1939,  are being lovingly restored by two sisters to their 1949 appearance. No TV's in 1949, but there is a (vintage) radio in every room, just like the original sign says.
Day Two brought a number of small cities along the route.  Carterville and Webb City in Missouri, then on to the 12 miles of Route 66 that cut off the southeastern corner of Kansas.  Below, clockwise from the top left: the Carthage 66 drive-in theater, the Kansas border (looks just like the Kansas in your head!), the Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, and the Kansas Route 66 visitor's center, also in Baxter Springs.  At the visitor's center, we had the pleasure of meeting Dean "Crazy-Legs" Walker who was the inspiration for Mater in the Cars movie.
After our short jaunt in Kansas, it was on to Oklahoma. Our first photos were of the tiny, five-foot deep gas station in Commerce. (R)

Next, it was on to Miami, Oklahoma.  For those of you not in the know, it's My-Am-UH, not My-Am-EE.
As we drove into town one of our first sites was this amazing original neon sign for Waylon's Ku-Ku Hamburgers (think cuckoo clock). (L) Founded as part of a chain in the 1960's, this is the only remaining locaton.

Next up was this beautiful 1960's library.  That breeze block is magnificent and check out the wide-V canopy over the entrance and that great railing! (B)
Driving out of Miami you have the option of taking an old alignment of Route 66, the Ribbon Road, known even more colloquially as the Sidewalk Highway.

Apparently, the young State of Oklahoma did not have enough money to fund a full highway in this area, so they decided to cut it in half (one lane) in order to afford the construction. All of nine-feet wide, the road is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Above, clockwise from top-left: old, abandoned motel outside Afton, Oklahoma, Clanton's Cafe in Vinita, the Pryor Creek Bridge and the abandoned Chelsea Motel in Chelsea, Oklahoma.
Not all of Route 66's stops are from the heyday of the road.  Meet the Blue Whale of Catoosa, built in 1972 as a wedding anniversary gift. (L)

The whale has jumping platforms and slides into a small pond along with a sandy beach and picnic tables.
On to Tulsa!  Above, from Top Left: One of the Tulsa Route 66 signs, the abandoned Brookshire Motel (about to be demolished), the Motel Oasis and the Desert Hills Motel (both still in business), the El Rancho Grande restaurant which has been around since 1953, and the MeadowGold sign which was restored and returned to Route 66.
On the way out of town, we saw a great Googie Goodwill sign (R) and stumbled upon the start of the new Route 66 Village, with oil well and Frisco train (below).  This new village is the work of the Tulsa Vision 2025 program which has allocated $15M to the restoration of Route 66 through Tulsa.

If only they could save the Brookshire Motel (see above)!
Continuing down the road through Sapulpa and Bristow we eventually made it to Stroud.  Stroud is home to the Rock Cafe which has been a fixture on Route 66 since 1939.  The "rock" in the Rock Cafe is local sandstone. The owner of the cafe, Dawn Welch, was the inspiration for Sally in the Pixar movie Cars.
We stayed at the Skyliner Motel, (above) a basic motel along the route with a fabulous sign, day and night.
On day three, we ventured on to the town of Chandler (below).  Clockwise from top left: The Lincoln Motel, still in service, the Route 66 Interpretive Center (closed for Memorial Day - we're going back), an old Phillips 66 station, and the Boomerang Diner (yum!) where we ate breakfast.
Do you love all of the neon signs along Route 66 as much as we do?  Enter Glassboy Studios in Arcadia, Oklahoma. (R) They create miniature versions of old Route 66 signs - check out the awesome miniature replica El Cajon Motel sign in the window. I would want them all...
Further down the road in Arcadia is the Arcadia Round Barn. What an amazing building! The barn was neglected through and the entire dome had to be rebuilt after it collapsed. Now, what a beauty. (L and B). The barn now hosts public events including a number of musical events.
Our last stop on our trip was Pop's, just down the road from the Round Barn in Arcadia. Another good example of a modern addition to Route 66, Pop's has a restaurant and soda shop with thousands of soda pops from all over the world, arranged by color and also by flavor.  The highlight of this roadside attraction is the giant soda sculpture which is also illuminated at night.
If you stayed with me this long, you can see it was quite a trip! There are a ton more photographs that we couldn't share with you without having your eyes glaze over (if they haven't already.) We are hoping to do Route 66 east to Chicago yet this summer. We've discussed our next trip west, which we think will entail flying to Oklahoma City, renting a one-way car and taking it all the way to Albuquerque. That will take much more planning (and more time off).

Have your travelled Route 66?  What were your highlights? We'd love to hear from you.
Product Updates!
First, we just wanted to share this lovely post from @ziggypiecrust who received her Evelyn door kit this month.  She opted for reed glass, (which we think was an awesome decision).  We can't wait to see it installed!
Next, an update on our glitter laminate. SparkleLam v.2 has been delivered to all of our early adopters who ordered SparkleLam v1 samples and we're busy sending out samples for new orders.

Besides the updated, more sparkly inclusions for SparkleLam v2 is a new colorway - light aqua! We're pleased as punch about the new color.
If you follow Retro Renovation, you might have seen this article about our updated SparkleLam. The article talks about the potential we have to create even more colors. Because we've only tested our current colors (white, pink, dark aqua and light aqua) any other colors are experimental at this stage. Not to fret, if you have to have one of the other colors, we can do a test sample for a small set-up fee.
What color do you think we should add to our standard line next? Would you like to order samples? Click below to contact us.
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That's all for this month! Stay cool and enjoy the month of June. We'll be back next month to touch base with you. Have an idea for a future newsletter?  Let us know - we love to hear from you.
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