Wednesday May 09, 2012 | 10:11 AM

Whenever you're out and about in Portland you're bound to see something interesting. Or something strange. Or maybe confusing.

Take the signs on the building at 14-26 York Street. If they're to be believed, you can show up at the location for "Live Music" and "Entertainment" plus "Bath Tubs," "Lavatories" and "Water Closets."

Or maybe you'd rather mix your "Fine Food and Spirits" with "Boilers," "Pumps" and "Valves."

Hhhm. Interesting.

These days you shouldn't take the signs at face value. They're hold-overs from previous businesses at the address.

You may remember the former Stone Coast Brewing restaurant and pub in that spot about a dozen years ago. It, of course, was responsible for the food, drinks and music. You probably don't remember the Blake Rounds Supply Co. According to the helpful folks at the Maine Historical Society the plumbing supply business operated out of the building back in 1932.

Currently the building is home to MaineBiz and the Portland Phoenix, along with other businesses. Great for them, but bummer for you because your dream of shopping for a furnace with a beer in hand probably isn't going to become reality.

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Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.

Karen Beaudoin, online editor for MaineToday Media, likes knowing the important things - like who's just opened their deck for a sunny afternoon beer and what Portland's eclectic set of street performers are up to.

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