Leon & Lulu owners light up the Show sign

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
  • Clawson home furnishings store lights up marquee sign for new store next door
  • Located in old Clawson Movie Theater, the Show will have a cafe, frame shop, and home decor

It's time to get on with the Show.

The lights are turned on Wednesday, May 27, during a press conference at the former Clawson Movie Theater, which will house the Show, a home decor store that will open in the fall. Underneath the marquee are Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson,and Mary Liz Curtin, who is a co-owner of the Show.

After more than three years of renovations, the owners of popular home furnishings store Leon & Lulu in downtown Clawson flipped the switch Wednesday on the marquee sign for their new furniture store and cafe, the Show. On Wednesday, they held a special lighting ceremony with old-time music, food and special guests, including Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

"This is a faithful reproduction," says Leon & Lulu owner Mary Liz Curtin, referring to the vintage-looking sign.

Located in the former Clawson Movie Theater on West 14 Mile, which opened in 1941 and shut down in the 1960s, the new 8,700-square-foot home furnishings store will officially open this fall. It'll have the same fun vibe as Leon & Lulu, says Curtin, except with a cafe in the lobby area for shoppers to hang out.

"It will be a fabulous lobby — a place for people to shop with us and then sit down and have an espresso," says Curtin.

The Show's marquee sign is a replica of the original movie theater sign, which is now gone, says Curtin. Built by Wagner Electric Sign Company in Ohio, it has 600 linear feet of neon, 490 bulbs, and weighs 3,000 pounds — about a 1,000 pounds lighter than the original sign. Wagner used pictures to re-create the sign.

"They are experts in restorations," says Curtin, whose husband, Stephen Scannell has been the contractor renovating the Show.

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