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Mall Signs – Getting it Right the First Time

Whether you run a large and complex mall or a strip mall in Southern California, your mall signs say a great deal about your development. These are not simple signs which take little thought or involve a quick installation. They must be well planned out and all the “I’s” have to be dotted and “T’s” crossed before a professional mall sign can be displayed. This is why you need sign professionals like Dave’s Signs.

Malls Have Special Requirements for Sign Installation

Depending on which city your business or businesses are located in, you may have several requirements for mall signs. Business signs have a huge impact on the quality and character of the communities they serve, and many city councils and local governments have strict regulations for business signs, especially large signs for malls. For example, they must not be too large and they must be set back so far from the street. In some areas, the size of your mall or shopping center designates what type of signage you can display. In addition, certain types of signs may not be allowed.

Sign lighting also is subject to many different rules and regulations. For instance, illuminated signs may have size restrictions and also illumination restrictions. Before sign work can begin, all the necessary permits must be obtained and it is vital to have the area surveyed for potential problems, such as property infringement issues.

Professional Installation of Mall Signs

Dave’s Signs has more than 20 years of experience serving the Southern California area. We understand all about local ordinances and make sure all the right permits are taken out. We are also aware of issues like insurance requirements. For example, sign companies must have adequate insurance coverage, such as general liability and other important coverage options. We have these things covered.

And when it comes to insurance for mall signs, you will need to make sure your signs are covered for liability issues and hazards like storm damage.

After Hours Installation

When you do business with Dave’s Signs, you enjoy many benefits, one of which is after hours installation if needed. This will result in fewer inconveniences to your customers, and disruptions to your business. It also lessens the chances for accidents involving customers.

This is a photo of the Red Horse Plaza custom illuminated monument sign designed, fabricated and installed by Dave’s Signs. Red Horse Plaza is located in Ojai, CA.

What Kind of Mall Signs Do You Need?

Dave’s Signs can install all types of mall or shopping center signs. We can design custom electric signs, signs with channel letters, and illuminated signs. In fact, we take care of the entire process for you, from the design stage all the way through to installation. Plus, we can make repairs and service your mall signs. For additional information, you only need to pick up the phone and call (805) 641-1387.

Tips for Getting the Most from Shopping Center Signs

Rite Aid Illuminated Channel Letter Sign, Shopping Center Signs

If you’re looking to update your shopping center signs, you have made a good business decision. However, you’ll need to work with other business owners to get the best signage for everyone. Here are some helpful tips for getting the most from your signage.

Position Matters 

If possible, try to get your message as high on the sign as possible. People tend to look up and to the left (because we read from left to right) when they look at things. Naturally, the upper left-hand corner is the most desirable location. You may have to pay more for this position, but it’s one of the best ways to spend your advertising dollars.

Shops at Kanan Village Shopping Mall Directory Monument Sign, Shopping Center Signs

Keep Your Sign Simple and Easy to Read

Most shopping center signs are designed to attract the attention of people driving by. This means you have less than five seconds to get the reader’s attention and convey your message. For best results, keep words to a minimum and include few images.

Trader Joe's & Rite Aid Monument Sign, Shopping Center Signs
Dave’s Signs Photos 5/2016

Many drivers today don’t have a lot of time to read the local signage. They may be thinking about work or home or just trying to navigate traffic. This gives you a limited opportunity to attract their attention, and your message should be short and sweet.

The Importance of Size 

Do you have several businesses on your shopping center signs? If so, you may want the biggest signs possible but how big is too big?

Rite Aid Illuminated Channel Letter Sign, Shopping Center Signs

At Dave’s Signs, we work with our clients, and we are familiar with all the local regulations and ordinances in your area. We can recommend the right location and size for your signage. That way, you won’t have to worry about compliance issues. Call us at (805) 641-1387 for more details.

Shopping Mall Signs: An Investment People Actually See

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When it comes time to upgrade your shopping mall signs, there are a few key things to consider.

First, find out about any specifications in design and function required by the property management company – they often limit sizing, features, lighting, and more. It is very important to get these specs planning your sign. 

Next, focus on what the sign needs to communicate to your clients. Think about your company’s name and branding needs.

Key Features to Keep in Mind

Most often, shopping mall signs need to include some information about what the location offers (unless it is a well-known brand).

For example, the Pandora sign is simply its logo: elegant serif text with the crown feature. Back-lit channel letters add to the sophistication and appeal of this sign. Even if you didn’t already know what kind of company Pandora was, you’d probably guess they sell jewelry.

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The iProtech sign, on the other hand, is a lesser known brand. Here, the “professional phone repair” subtitle helps to communicate the shop’s offering. Yet, it is still brief and to the point.

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It is also important to consider location. Some of the largest retailers will need signage for the exterior of the building. When this is the case, consider block letters with the proper lighting, such as in the Giorgio Armani sign located here. This sign creates the name brand recognition visitors need, but it can also stand out from a distance, communicating a clear message all the way out onto the street.

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When creating shopping mall signs, be true to the company’s brand. Use the colors, letters, and features representative of the company. Then, complete this with the right lighting.

By working with a company specializing in shopping mall signs, you can ensure they meet all necessary standards and requirements while communicating a direct and inviting message to the customers who are looking for your store.

Are you looking to find the right sign company for your shopping mall signs? Give us a call at (805) 641-1387 or reach out to us online.

Property Identity Signage – Leading the Way to Your Business

Of all the business signs you own, property identity signage may be the most important. After all, if someone is not impressed with your entry way or monument sign, they may not make the effort to even check out your business. Let’s examine what makes effective monument or entry way signs.

Starbucks Monument Sign

Monument Signs

Monument signs are freestanding signs built at ground level. They are not meant to attract attention from long distances. These signs are informational, and are meant to add an air of distinction for the reader.

Many monuments signs are made of stone or masonry. Some can be steel with masonry outer surfaces.Today, you can choose artificial stone materials that look just like realstone.

Monument signage should be designed with a definite purpose. In other words, don’t try to accomplish too much with one sign. If the sign is meant to provide directions, then one should not provide additional information which does not have to do with directing the reader. This takes away from the sign’s appeal.

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Be aware of your local sign ordinances and remember, they can change from year to year. Also, know your property boundary lines before you begin construction and make sure to secure the proper building permits.

Entry Way Signs

An entry way sign can be a monument sign or several other types of property identity signage. Some are hung from frames and others are simple signs like “welcome center”.

Shops Kanan Monument Entry Way SignBoth monument and entry way signs can help to increase property value when they are well designed and easy to read. They also add to curb appeal and this is important for most businesses today.

Proper design, construction and training are the right elements for the perfect property identity signage and you will find all these things and much more, when you come to Dave’s Signs.

The Importance of Effective Property Management Signs

Whether you are a property manager or an owner, signs tell tenants, staff and the public what kind of business you run. Apartment complexes, malls and large commercial buildings all are in the same industry, but their needs for business signage are quite different. In fact, most of these companies have unique requirements, and this is why choosing trusted and experienced property management sign services is so important. Let’s explore some of the reasons these signs are vital to your success.

Casa Valencia Apartments Post & Panel Monument Sign


Your company may be confined to one building or it could be a number of different structures. In orderto provide a professional appearance, you need consistency from building to building and throughout each building. This is what you receive from experienced property management sign services. Your sign professionals at Dave’s Signs understand the need for consistency and are there to help you with signs for every purpose and at the same time, maintain the same theme throughout your business.


Perhaps you want to advertise vacancies in your building(s). You need people with training in advertising as well as business signage. Dave’s Signs is there with experienced designers and custom sign service to make your signs highly visible and effective. We can create custom lettering, colors and provide professionally produced images for any kind of advertising you need.

Property Management Monument Sign


Are you planning on remodeling or performing any work involving construction? You need signs which are easy to read and understand. This helps to prevent misunderstandings and accidents which can lead to needless lawsuits and settlements.

Way Finding Sign

Dave’s Signs Blog

This is a blog about signs. We highlight the different types of signs: signs we’ve created for our customers, history of sign design and today’s cutting edge sign technologies. Ask a question about signs, and you’ll likely find the answer here.

Case Studies

Spencer Makenzies Neon Sign

Here we go into detail on some of the custom signs we’ve done. Including Spencer Makenzie’s Neon Sign, Topper’s Pizza Neon Signs in the Oxnard Harbor, and The Historic Ventura Pole Sign. Check back with us. We’ll have more case studies of signs posted in the near future.

Custom Signs Near You

Saloon BBQ Custom Sign

We’ve designed, fabricated, installed and serviced signs all over southern California. Here are some highlighted areas near you including Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Barbara. Check back soon for more updates.

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Neon Sign Design Computer

We Make Beautiful Neon Signs in Our On-Site Facility

Dave’s Signs has perfected the art of neon signs. We can handle all sizes of neon signage, from the small intricate signs to the eye-catching, large neon signs. Ask us for a personalized quote or contact us for any questions you may have about neon signage.

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Dave’s Signs Makes Custom Office Signs

Whether you need a lobby sign, directional signage or ADA signs, Dave’s Signs can help you with all your office sign needs. We can use your logo and create a beautiful, distinctive sign for your office. We can also create custom building directory signs, suite signs, and directional signs to give the building a unique unified theme. Call us today to help you with all your office sign needs.

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