Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010

Benewah Milk Bottles, Spokane, Wash.

All that's left of the once booming Benewah Dairy Company in Spokane, Wash., are two bottles of milk: two giant milk-bottle buildings, that is. Veer off westbound Interstate 90 and you'll see one bottle just off the freeway. The other, on Garland, is home to Mary Lou's Milk Bottle, a café famous for award-winning milkshakes. (The huckleberry and lemon-custard milkshakes come highly recommended.) Dairy owner Paul Newport hoped the uniquely shaped storefronts, built in the 1930s, would help draw customers into the retail outlets. While Newport, of course, wanted to sell milk, he also hoped the bottles would help "build better men and women by making dairy products attractive to boys and girls." One bottle had a role in the 1993 Johnny Depp movie Benny and Joon.