Photo by Danny Fulgencio

New pink neon appeared on Jefferson Boulevard last year, spelling out some confusion among neighbors. What in the world is “Furndware?” After Oak Cliff resident Patrick Craine bought the old Oak Cliff Paint and Hardware building from its longtime owner, Elijah Day, a few years ago, he wanted the renovations to pay tribute to the building’s former life. The shop’s sign at various times read “furniture,” and “hardware,” but those two words blended together after years of fading. “We just really liked the hybrid nature of the sign when Eli had it,” Craine says. “Hardware store, hoarder’s paradise and fix-it shop.” The building currently is for lease, and Craine says he is looking for just the right retail or restaurant tenant.