Rachel, you aren’t the first person to say I sound cranky and I doubt you’ll be the last. It’s probably my word choice (or lack of coffee) and it’s something I’ve learned to deal with (mostly by ignoring it.) So don’t worry about it.
As to lighting: don’t assume everyone has the latest and greatest technological stuff. There are still a lot of people out there who are using CRTs, and, believe me, on a CRT screen, it’s a silhouette. Even on my latestest fancy schmancy flat screen, it’s pretty dark. So I can just imagine what it looks like on my discarded Color CRT that I got second hand when some company upgraded their monitors and is now recycled into someone else’s system. Thing must be eight - ten years old, and definitely not as bright or sharp as it used to be. I’ve actually seen people publish two renders, one for CRTs and another for flat panels.
Taking a look at the two attachments, there is a lot more visible in the second than in the first. Obviously, the lighting is poor, but the low light render flattens a lot of detail that is visible in the bright render. But the point is – you aren’t working on the lighting yet – you’re working on modeling and texturing. So, to get feedback on the modeling and texturing (at least, the part of texturing that’s not lighting dependent, like scale and stretching) the lights must be turned up so people can see it.
I look on BlenderArtists as if it were a studio at an art college. Everyone is working on stuff, and we show fellow artists our creations, comment on theirs, share techniques, and point out flaws that others overlook through a too-close association with their own work. Sometimes we gather out in the hall to shoot the shit about non-art related matters. And, there’s a gallery downstairs where the really good stuff is placed for public display.
So when I take a break from my own work and go wandering around the studio, and look over someone else’s shoulder at their easel and say, “hmm, interesting, what is it?” and they turn around and say, “Guess.” I feel like I’m being blown off, and it’s annoying. Now, it’s not your fault because you are the latest in a series of “I’m not going to divulge this secret information” threads, and the irritation tends to build when people don’t take the hint that they are among friends here, or, at least, among fellow artists with their own work, and not people intent on ripping off the poster’s singularly creative intellectual property. [/rant]
I’m fine with making peace, but really wasn’t aware that I was involved in anything else. A personal failing, no doubt.
Aside from the walls, which are placeholders, the modeling and textures look good. The only thing I’d question is the boards with the names of the goods. While I’m not familiar with the Horton’s chain, it just seems that they would have some more support than just at the ends, although perhaps that just hasn’t been modeled yet, or will be covered up and not visible.
 BTW, why not ask for photos? You might get lucky. Some one may know an employee there, or hang out at one and be friendly with the manager. Although we have different ways of going about it, most people here try to be helpful. [/edit]