Almost exactly a year ago (guess it's the fall, huh?), Bakery D'Amour opened, and it uses a bike explicitly in its branding.
Over at Eat Salem today, bloggers Amber and Lisanne27 reported on the opening of the Crooked House Bistro. The photo is from Lisanne27's flickr set. Clearly the bikes are decorative - they convey a mood, a time, and a place. Not so much Salem as the French countryside.
This is the second food establishment I know of that uses bikes as a highly visible part of signage and branding.
This mini-trend looks like it could be a bit of a tipping point! What do you think?
Do you know of other non-bicycle businesses that are using bikes to advertise or brand? And who will be the first business to shift from prop bikes to placing a generous and covered bike parking system that encourages actual bicycle transportation? When you patronize these businesses, make sure you let them know you biked!