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Wagon Wheel Town Square Landmark Sign

Dave’s Signs is pleased to announce that Oakwood Communities picked them to create and install their Wagon Wheel town square landmark sign. We are excited and honored to be a part of the project due to its significance. The big monument is the crown of the development, a “Meet me at the big W,” so to speak.

Wagon Wheel Landmark Sign

What Oakwood Wanted in the New Landmark Signs

The goal was to make a landmark sign that would make a statement and enhance the surrounding community. In the case of the WW sign, Oakwood Communities wanted a large focal piece for their town square. There are two of these signs that will anchor the community. The second one is still in fabrication.

Why Did They Contact Dave’s Signs?

Dave’s Signs has been working a little over a year on Oakwood’s extensive sign program. The real estate developer contacted us for help in designing all of their property signs for their new master-planned community at Wagon Wheel Junction.

Our Role in the Bigger Picture

This project has been an ongoing one. Not only have we been working with the city and going through their approval process for the various sign programs. We’ve coordinated with all the contractors, and stonemasons as part of a team so everything stays on schedule and budget.

Structural Challenges of the Landmark Sign

WW sign being hoisted for one of the landmark signs

WW Landmark Sign in Oxnard, CA

The WW sign is a custom fabricated large scale aluminum sculpture. A lot of structural engineering went into getting this sign to function. The finished sculpture has a height of about nine feet, with two posts anchoring it on top of a pedestal. With the pedestal, the sign stands at about fourteen feet tall.

Giving the sculpture enough structural rigidity to withstand the elements.

Designs Made from Rough Client Sketches

Oakwood Communities provided a rough drawing of the logo, and we cleaned it up to what is now the sign. 

WW sign detail

What’s Next?

The landmark WW sign is installed at Wagon Wheel Junction’s Fountain Square. We received feedback that Oakwood Communities is quite happy with the result, as are all the contractors and other vendors working on the construction site. Currently, we are working on the second Wagon Wheel landmark sign, and it’s in the middle of fabrication.  We are looking forward to the installation and all that comes next.

Stay tuned for more details!

If you are looking for an experienced sign company to design, fabricate, and install your landmark sign idea give us a call at ‭(805) 641-1387‬ or reach out to us online.

Blade Signs Help Restaurants Generate Foot Traffic

Stay-at-home-orders are beginning to lift, resulting in many restaurants opening their doors to start the process of serving delicious food again.

It’s not a stretch to say we Californians have missed frequenting our favorite noshing spots from burgers to sushi cravings.

Previously, restaurants only offered pickup and delivery services, but some now are offering indoor seating. However, the social distancing measure that requires them to distance dining tables six feet apart also reduces their seating capacity to about half of what it used to be.

restaurant blade signs

A Fresh Solution to Reduced Seating

Fortunately, many restaurant owners in Ventura County and neighboring areas are getting their patron numbers up by expanding outside seating. 

You may have noticed this accommodation style along sidewalks, streets, and even in cars if you’ve dined out. 

The move makes dining out alfresco, a dining experience rooted in the Italian tradition. Italian locals nourish themselves with delicious food while basking in the fresh air of their natural surroundings, alfresco, “done or eaten in the open air.”

Keep in mind that if you are an owner offering outside dining amenities, patrons will now want to find your restaurant to try it out. They will soon be on the move for the alfresco experience in their area if they haven’t done so already. 

Therefore, you’ll want to greet your eager diners with signage designed in a manner that directs them to your restaurant. In light of that, blade signs are an effective way to attract street and foot traffic. 

restaurant blade signs

Blade Signs in Brief

A blade sign is designed to project out from the façade of a building or storefront pole. Other types are attached to surfaces that are perpendicular to passersby. They are extremely popular in areas where there is plenty of foot traffic, such as downtown storefronts and shopping areas.

Retro Blade Signs of the Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre Blade Signs

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Blade signs debuted in the fourteenth century, and sign makers started offering more elaborately designed styles in the 1930s. Nostalgic blade signs that most of us are probably familiar with include the old-style neon signs that adorned theatres in the 1930s and 1940s. The historic Fox Theatre in downtown Riverside, now known as the Fox Performing Arts Center, originally had two examples of these classic neon signs at its entryways. 

The Fox Theatre was shuttered until the 1990s when a revitalization effort was started to reopen it. It was renovated in 2010, giving the Theatre a massive facelift. Weighing in at 900-pound, 22-foot each, two replicas of the original hanging signs were installed during the renovation. A decade later, the building that functioned as a vaudeville stage and movie palace in 1929 is still fabulous today. The signs are a big part of the Theatre’s charm. They attract and direct people to the entertainment venue.

 

restaurant blade signs

The Advantages of Blade Signs

The advantages that blade signs bring to your business can’t be emphasized enough. The right design can:

  • Get you noticed – Blade signs operate similarly to way-finding signs, and they pull the eye to look at them for navigation. This feature has your business stand out from the rest in terms of sending street and foot traffic your way. Eye-grabbing signage also entices patrons to peek inside to see what you have “in-store.”

 

  • Add welcome familiarity –Whether for a restaurant or other franchise, renowned brands, and logos stand out to people who appreciate and find comfort in familiar products. An excellent experience (including a unique and memorable sign), translates to excellent word of mouth advertising and repeat business, all from a well-known brand or brand that is new and exciting.

 

  • Be designed in various waysCustom crafted signs capture the essence and message of your business’s brand. Dave’s Signs takes your input to make this happen and creates your sign in whatever design style, shape, and size. We design, fabricate and install eye-catching blade signage. Styles we recommend include Sandblasted Panel Signs, Box Cabinet Signs, and Aluminum Blade Signs.

 

Dave’s Signs operates locally throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara, and L.A. Counties. We also provide custom created signage to organizations nationwide. From providing contemporary signs to refurbishing retro neon signs, Dave’s is the premier sign company to turn to for your blade sign needs. We are also the experts in crafting signs that stay in tune with the brand, identity, look, and feel of your business. Call us today for a quote at (805) 641-1387 or contact us online.

 

Restaurant Banners – Open for Take-Out

Is your restaurant open for take-out? Do your customers know that? Maybe it’s time for a Take-Out Banner, so your customers are clear that you are open for business.

Custom Graphic Take-Out Banner Cuernavaca
Custom Graphic Take-Out Banner Cuernavaca

As you know, this is a tough time for a lot of locally-owned restaurants. Since the public stay-at-home order, going out and sitting down for a nice meal is out of the question. Some restaurants have been able to keep their doors open with the promise of a freshly cooked meal that customers can take home instead. The problem is, not everyone knows that.

Custom Graphic Take-Out Banner Beach House Tacos
Custom Graphic Take-Out Banners for Beach House Tacos in Ventura, CA.

Make it Easy for Customers to Know You are Still OPEN

If your restaurant is offering take-out food, then let us help you advertise. By designing a custom banner for your restaurant, more people will know that you are open and will contact you. Let’s face it, people don’t want to have to cook every night, and your restaurant can make that happen!

Contact Dave’s Signs today and let us design a take-out banner that is perfect for your restaurant. We will customize it to fit your particular restaurant’s style. We’ll include your logo, contact information, and any other info you wish to share.

Spread the word! Don’t wait! The sooner you do, the faster your customers will know they can order food-to-go. Contact us today for more information and let us help you tell everyone you are ready and waiting.

For any more information on our take-out banner services, contact Dave’s Signs at (805) 641-1387‬‬ or send us your queries and project details via this Contact Us form.

Creating Face Masks During a Time of Crisis

Students from all across Ventura County in California are making face masks using 3D printers to donate to doctors and nurses in several hospitals. During these trying times, the community is genuinely coming to help one another and make sure that our healthcare workers are taken care of.

STEMbassadors

The non-profit organization known as STEMbassadors is providing the 3D printers and the students are creating the bands. However, they needed routers to make the clear plastic shields. 

face masks

Our part started when we were contacted by a friend whose daughter is a STEMbassador at DATA Middle School. STEMbassadors reached out to several different businesses within the community who were thought to have routers and asked to pitch in to make the shields. We were part of a team in the community. We each took part in making the shields so local medical staff could be protected.

face masks

Part of a Team

Overall, around 30-40 face shields are being manufactured a day by the students. The bands are being made by the 3D printers in their homes, but they needed routers to make the clear plastic face shields.

face masks

Everyone had their part. We were one of several businesses that donated our time and router to create the face shields, and others donated the materials. When all was said and done, we (Dave’s Signs) produced a couple of thousand face shields. Were not sure how many were produced in total by everyone.

The way the community and students have come together to ensure that our healthcare workers are safe is quite impressive and very touching.

While companies and people with routers are creating the face shields, the people behind this operation are the students. It’s a fantastic thing to see a community pull together in a time of crisis and make a difference.

If you would like to help or make a donation, you can email Alex Wulff at STEMbassadors at [email protected].

3 Types of Office Lobby Signs for Your Business

Your office lobby is often the first impression – or last – a client, employee, or vendor has of your place of business. You must establish a strong brand presence in this area to ensure people know where you measure up in terms of quality, professionalism, and overall feeling of your business.

At Dave’s Signs, we understand lobby signs need to showcase your brand effectively and tell your story. Here are three sign types to consider.

lobby signs

1.) Dimensional Letter Logo Signs

The most basic of signs are dimensional letter logo signs. They are a simple yet perfect fit because of their impactful, elegant, and eye-catching design and construction. We use materials like acrylic, metal laminates, steel, aluminum, and so much more to create a sign using your logo. Every piece is cut individually and designed carefully to have the best impact at an affordable cost.

Lobby Signs for Businesses

2.) Internally Illuminated Lobby Signs

Illuminated signs can showcase your logo and name clearly with the added sophistication of having parts of the sign highlighted with lights. Halo-lit channel letter signs like the one above, “Digital Dental Arts Laboratory” bring your eye in and give off a feeling of technology that goes with their brand. It blends their message of using the latest technology matched with their artistic ability required for making the perfect smile with dental implants.

lobby signs

Energy-Efficient LEDs

Internally illuminated signs can use neon or energy-efficient LED lights. The most common are LEDs. These signs are suitable in properties that are open during late evenings or want the added attraction an illuminated sign provides.

We fabricate each letter individually, including your logo, and install lights inside. These signs are made from steel, aluminum, acrylic, or glass so you can choose what suits your desired look and feel.

lobby signs

3.) Externally Lit Office Lobby Signs

Lastly, another option for lighting office lobby signs is using external lights like this one at theTradeDesk. Lights are coming down from the ceiling and match the look of the rest of the office building.

What sign type of right for you? It really depends on the overall look and feel you are after, and your budget.

If you want to know more about lobby signs or have other questions about signage, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dave’s Signs. You can contact us or call (805) 641-1387.

 

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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