Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cardinal Plaza Shell Station






This has to be the most exuberant gas station on the east coast! What do I mean by that? I mean that it's always decorated with eye-catching displays and gee-gaws. This isn't a mere gas station. It's an architectural and entertainment curiosity! It makes a statement, and the statement is, "Can we fit another air-filled animated item somewhere on the property?" 

My guess is that the owner, ever since he was a little boy, has wanted to run a superstation, and when he finally got the opportunity he went all out.

It's located at the corner of Old Keene Mill Road and Rolling Road in West Springfield - a very heavily-traveled intersection. The address is  8334 Old Keene Mill Rd, Springfield, VA 22152. IS there a website? Of course there is

From the website: "Established in 1969, Cardinal Plaza Shell is a family owned and operated AAA Approved Auto Repair Center servicing Springfield, VA, and surrounding areas."

We had occasion to come here once for tires and had a great experience. 


Yes, this is a scene at a gas station, not a theme park.

 
A Halloween witch greets you in an autumnal gazebo...


Yes, that's a dolphin. Yes, those are carefully-tended flowers.


It's clearly October.


I can't keep my flowers beds this tidy!

It really is an amazing place... I've never seen a gas station even remotely like this. And everybody in town knows this particular gas station. 




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