The other evening I started reminiscing about the last 25 years of Signs ‘n Such. I decided to grab my camera and go downtown to take some pictures. Although I didn’t snap a photo of every sign we have made, I was amazed that it took me over an hour just to cover a few blocks. The memories came flooding back. I found myself thinking things like “Oh ya, I forgot we did that one”, and “Wow, I didn’t realize there were so many (signs)”.
One of our very first customers was “BJ’s Hair Shoppe”. Although their original sign is no longer, the lettering that we put on their front window is still very much alive and well!
When I saw Pick-A-Deli’s sign, I realized that they had been a customer since very early in my sign career days. In fact, we even designed “Pickle Pete”.
One of our very first routered signs was that of the SPCA Bookstore.
This is a favourite, I think, because I’m an animal lover. Actually, all of us at Signs ‘n Such have animals in our lives. Some of us maybe a bit more than others… but, that’s another story.
My tour eventually led me to the Credit Union. Now, there’s a customer that goes way back. I mean, right back to “Pioneer Credit Union and Western Savings & Credit Union” days. Then came the amalgamation to “Southwest Credit Union”, and once again to “Innovation Credit Union”. All of these name and location changes kept us quite busy! We did everything from supplying all of the backlit signs on their new building, to brass plaques, and lettering on doors and granite.
A glance across the street from the Credit Union reminded me of the brass lettering job we did for the new City Hall. Over the years, the City of Swift Current has been a very loyal customer, not only City Hall, but City Light and Power, Parks & Rec., the Ag & Ex Association, the Fire Department, and the City Service Centre.
I’ve seen many changes in the business community over the past 25 years. One of those changes was watching our local Community College develop from “Cypress Hills Community College”, to “Cypress Hills Regional College”, and more recently “Great Plains College”. I am proud that we, at Signs ‘n Such, played a part in these changes.
Signs ‘n Such has seen many changes too, over the past quarter century. Our CNC router (affectionately called “Marvin”) has enabled us to do dimensional work, and special shapes. Here’s just a few examples:
So, over the years, we have pretty much done it all. Backlit signs, window lettering, banners, awnings, channel LED letters… I could go on and on!
Well, that’s a taste of my downtown tour. I hope you’ve enjoyed the trip down memory lane with me. Deanne