So Fox's Donut Den, which has a sign unlike any other in Green Hills, is currently signed with a temporary black-and-white sign. The facelift underway by Brookside Properties includes new facades for all the shops in the strip, which was built before Green Hills was "Green Hills."
According to Norman Fox, Donut Den owner, the landlord is deciding whether to allow the sign to return. Some people don't think the 1950s sign is "Green Hills" enough. Other people think it's delightful. Still others think it would be delightful with a refurbished paint job.
Mostly, Fox just wants to not tick off the landlord, whom he said could easily rent to another donut shop if Fox stirs up trouble, like media trouble. (For the record, he didn't contact the Scene. Also for the record, I have a big-ass stack right here of fallen-through Green Hills real estate deals, so the idea that his landlord can rent out from under him with a mere flick of the wrist seems optimistic.) Fox wants to stay there, so I won't ruffle feathers. But you know what? There are doughnut-eating Christians in Bellevue, Hermitage, Eighth South, Twelfth South, Charlotte Avenue and East Nashville, too.
Insofar as I have a doughnut in this fight, it's that Green Hills used to be just another nice suburb but somehow ended up with at least four fitness studios, at least three nail salons, a Louis Vuitton and a Tiffany jewelry store, but no hardware store, no cheap places to eat, and high property taxes. Oh, and basketloads of faux-stone-and-pendant-lamp-facade stores.
That's just one person's grumpy rant, and it's got nothing to do with the sign. What about you -- love it, loathe it, or agnostic, so long as the doughnuts stay sweet?