Roadhouse Relics Gallery
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When visitors think about Austin, visions of quirky people, interesting food, and signs– yes signs (and murals), come to mind. From the Austin Motel sign, to Magnolia Cafe’s glowing neon, signs are something held dear by many Austinites (and salvaged, reconstructed, and preserved). But, there may be no Austin sign or mural more famous than the Greetings from Austin mural painted on the side of Roadhouse Relics Gallery.
A bit about Roadhouse Relics Gallery
At first glance, the gallery looks like nothing more than a few prominent neon signs inside an industrial-looking building on Austin’s popular South First street. I’ve walked by the gallery a few times strolling down South First, and never paid too much attention. However, a closer look brought into focus an interesting story about how and why Roadhouse Relics Gallery came into existence, and the man — Todd Sanders — behind the operation.
Todd Sanders, the owner and operator of Roadhouse Relics Gallery has created neon art pieces for national stars like Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton and local establishments such as Threadgills and the Continental Club. He creates modern vintage (new pieces made to look old) art that is sure to catch your attention, and the backyard of the gallery is filled with genuine vintage items that fit together to form a must-see Austin spot.
There’s a lot to see in Austin, especially if you’re visiting. Trust me though, the charm of Roadhouse Relics Gallery and Todd’s warm demeanor are worth the knock on the door or phone call to check the place out (you must call for an appointment ahead of time). After-all, it’s just around the corner from the Greetings from Austin mural.
Have you been to Roadhouse Relics Gallery or the Austin mural? What did you think? Worth the visit? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!