"i love you so much" mural at Jo's Coffee

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"i love you so much" mural at Jo's Coffee

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The "i love you so much" mural is one of the most photographed murals in Austin.
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Do it like a local

If you're there around happy hour head over to the Hotel San Jose after checking out the mural. They have some fantastic beer and wine selections and its a great place to hang out with a friend or significant other for conversation over drinks.

For the History Buffs

I love you so much.

Liz Lambert and Amy Cook. It’s their love story that created one of Austin’s most iconic murals. Lambert is co-owner of Jo’s Coffee. Seven years ago, in the middle of a lover’s spat, Cook sprayed those words on the wall of her girlfriend’s coffee shop in the clear light of day. It was many things: a brief, giant love letter, an inside-baseball reference to the same sign they had seen in New York City years before, an end to their fight.

Since then, the wall has been vandalized and repainted a few times. The sign lost its period. Letters thinned and uncurved. Like the city around it, the sign was changing, and so was its ownership. At some point, “I love you so much” became a part of the city rather than an anecdote in a personal love story. On Saturday afternoons, lines of people wrap around the coffee shop,each waiting to take pictures in front of the sign. Of the people I interviewed, none knew the original story, but it didn’t seem to matter. Because now, for a brief snapshot in time, it belongs to the people in front of it, declaring to each other and the world, I love you so much.

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