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Neon Diner Signs Draw in Hungry Customers

The best neon diner signs both attract you and get your stomach juices pumping. And when you think of diners in California, neon is usually a huge part of the visual. In fact, nothing brings a classic 1950s vibe to mind more than a flickering neon sign.

Today, seeing a neon diner sign harkens us back to an era when waitresses on rollerskates brought customers milkshakes and burgers to the barstool where they were sitting. You can find examples of Dave’s Sign’s vintage neon creations adorning neighborhood diner haunts such as the Busy Bee Cafe and Jack’s Diner. Let’s take a look at both of them, shall we?

Busy Bee 50s Cafe

The Busy Bee 50s cafe in Ventura County is known for its classic diner atmosphere and mouthwatering comfort food. You feel like you are transported back to the Fifties once you step inside, too. Before all that happens, though, you can almost smell burgers cooking on the grill when you drive or walk by. That’s due in part to the illuminated storefront signs that draw in customers hungry for food & nostalgia.

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Dave’s Signs redoing the Busy Bee Sign in 2011.
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How the Busy Bee Cafe & Diner Sign looked after installation.
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Details on the “Busy Bee” logo look fantastic, even in daylight.

Jack’s Diner

The neon signs of Jack’s Diner, whether unlit or lit, look amazing.

Unlit Jacks Diner Neon Sign

Below, you can see that the tri-color lights of the sign we made for Jack’s Diner sign really come together to make something special.  The effect also makes it look like something tough & intelligent Dick Tracy would encounter whenever he would stop to grab a coffee in between busting crime.

Jack's Neon Diner Sign

Repairing Neon Signs

You may think that your classical neon sign is gone forever if it’s in disrepair.  Luckily, we believe in keeping this tradition alive, and we will happily repair your neon signs. Dave’s Signs crafts some mighty fine tubes by hand by using high-quality industrial materials.

Making a Neon Sign Forming Glass

Eye-catching neon diner signs are guaranteed to brighten your business and get customers excited about you.  Dave’s Signs serves commercial business nationwide and in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles County areas. No sign job is too big or small, and we do it all. Call us at (805) 641-1387 to discuss your neon sign concept or contact us online with your questions.

How to Get Your Auto Service Center Signs Noticed

When the check engine light comes on, customers need to get vehicle parts and repairs ASAP.  The best custom signage for parts and auto repair shops accomplishes this goal and gets you noticed in a flash.  Additionally, proper signage for this industry gives your message the attention it deserves,  while still ensuring smooth interactions between customers and staff. Here’s how to get your auto service center signs noticed.

Keep the Message Short

Auto Service & Parts Center Signs

Auto parts are closely related to auto services so we are going to start with them.

Whether the customer is driving by in a car or walking on a sidewalk, a sign must have a clear purpose to be effective. And signs designed to sell attract the customer’s attention by keeping the message short and making the action clear. This design intent works extremely well for national brands such as O’Reilly Auto Parts.

As you can see, the O’Reilly sign in Santa Barbara that Dave’s Signs created is optimized to sell. You know right away that they are an auto parts business (purpose), and the front-lit illuminated sign incorporates the well-known O’Reilly shamrock logo nicely.

Bright Colors Lend a Strategic Advantage

Auto lube shops are a type of auto service center, and an effective sign function for this niche industry is two-fold. On the one hand, they have to look alluring and professional to attract customers. On the other, they have to advertise what services they offer at a glance. This brightly-colored monument sign we made for Auto Lube Care in Ventura exemplifies this approach.

Combine Different Fonts to Amp up Contrast

Body shops and collision centers are other types of auto service centers. They are the shops that repair your car after a fender bender or a more serious collision. As you can imagine, customers and tow truck services have to find them ASAP.  Easily read signs are clearly an advantage here, of course. Fortunately, contrast and other design choices can make a sign infinitely readable.

Contrast coupled with a different typeface usually determines a sign’s readability. Therefore, contrast and typeface are huge factors for any engaging auto service center sign. The sign we created for the collision center company Premier Coach uses these two design principles for maximum effect. Rich colors and different typefaces work together to keep the sign from blending into the neutral background.

As can be seen here, there are plenty of ways to elevate your brand visibility and bring customers to you. Given these points, you can present your Auto Service & Parts Center Signs with professionalism by using Dave’s Signs. We create beautiful custom signs nationally and locally here in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties.  Our product options and services are the perfect fit for your auto repair, lube, or tire service shop. Contact us online to find out more or call (805) 641-1387 to speak to one of our team members.

Auto Dealership Signs Give You the Edge You Need

If you sell vehicles, you know you have to stand out to get maximum brand visibility. Otherwise, you could lose your competitive edge.  Since automotive retailers have so much riding on selling their inventory, a sign that brings customers to their lot to look at their latest models and pre-owned vehicles is a must-have. Enter the auto dealership sign, and one that is sleek and professionally designed will immediately grab the attention of potential buyers passing by your business.

Ganas Auto Dealership

Auto Dealership Signs for National & Regional Companies

Dave’s Signs serves Ventura, Santa Barbara, & Los Angeles counties. We also service accounts nationwide. Over the years, we’ve helped many national auto dealership clients such as Acura, Hyundai, and recently, a regional auto group for used cars called Ganas Auto, with their signage needs. Our professionals provide complete services that include surveys, permits, installations, maintenance, and more.

Illuminated signage, especially if it’s mounted atop a tall pole, can be seen from miles away. The signage we created for Ganas Auto really shines and stands out, making it easy to find. Whether it is night or day, everyone instantly recognizes your illuminated sign, including potential customers who may not know your auto service center is there.

Santa Barbara Acura Signs

This Santa Barbara Acura dealership showcases two signs made for them by Dave’s Signs. Dave’s Signs often takes on projects for national auto dealership companies, creating signs according to their specifications, branding guidelines, and local ordinances. These two photos showcase the Acura Signage.

We provided both a channel letter sign for the front and this monument sign at the entryway.

This channel letter sign we created for the Hyundai dealership is another one of our national sign accounts. As you can tell by the photos, the Hyundai storefront sign is as pleasing to the eye as it is enticing to those looking to purchase vehicles.

The Finest Auto Dealership Signs

Do you want auto dealership sign signage that attracts new potential buyers and gives you the edge you need? If so, you can trust Dave’s Signs to work with you to make the design you want a reality. When you want the finest signage for your franchise, we can help.  Also, Dave Signs can manufacture and ship signs anywhere in the U.S. You can call us at (805) 641-1387 to find out more. You can contact us online for a free quote, too.

How to Save Money with Energy Efficient Business Signs

There are plenty of ways to save money with business signs. The trick is to find the best and the most energy efficient business sign options available. Old and out of date lighting systems can cost your company money in the long run. This is usually seen in small businesses. Check out this bright sign below.

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Energy Efficient Business Signs

If you are somebody who is dealing with flickering or unreliable signs, day in and day out, you should take a look at solutions that will last for a long time. Energy efficient business signs will save you a lot on operating costs along with giving off an attractive look for your brand. Since neither the consumers nor the employees will be disturbed by feeble or flickering signs, it will be beneficial for your business. Check out this illuminated business sign below.

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Business signs are used not only in storefronts but also in lobbies and conference rooms. You might even spot them in restaurants, airports, and retail outlets. Since the vast majority use bright colors and lights, it is only natural to make them as energy efficient as possible so that not only is our environment helped, but we also save money. Check out this custom lighted business sign below.

energy efficient signs

We offer a free assessment of your existing signs and our installers will let you know the best course you can take. A way you can save energy is to use ENERGY STAR certified signage that use cooler-running lighting technology.  The lights that are ENERGY STAR rated are 18% more energy efficient than those that are not energy conscious. This can save your business some money over the course of the year.

Do note that using such measures may also make you eligible to earn some benefits by the government. Using our energy efficient business signs will not only help you save on energy costs, but they are more environmentally friendly as well. Check out our gallery to see some great options to choose from.



Sign Conversions – Modernizing and Updating Old Signage

Country Inn & Suites Conversion to the Amanzi Hotel

Outdoor business signage goes a long way in branding your business. Well-designed signage can go a long way in attracting more customers, increasing the profitability of your business.

We at Dave’s Signs have handled scores of sign conversion projects for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Modernizing and Updating Old Signage

When it comes to updating old signage, our proven process, creativity, and sign expertise allow us to provide clients with outstanding signage results.

Here is a quick case study about one of our latest projects. It’s a classic example of how a modern sign projects a more upscale image for the hotel.

Project – Pylon & Monument Sign Conversions for the Amanzi Hotel

The ownership of Country Inn & Suites changed hands, and the new owner wanted to rebrand the business to the Amanzi Hotel. This hotel mostly caters to tourists visiting the area. The client saw our website and was interested in the information and details of the signage services we provide. Since the business was being rebranded, our client needed to upgrade the existing signage that was already on the property.

The Client Had Very Specific Requests:

  • They wanted a modern sign design using their new logo that would immediately draw the attention of passing tourists.
  • The remodel and rebranding design needed to be in sync with the interior design of the hotel.
  • The project included a pole sign with freeway visibility and two ground monument signs at the entry driveways.
  • They needed the new signs to fit over existing old misshapen sign structures.

Here is a photo of the old entryway monument sign below.

Modernizing and Updating Old Signage

Sign Design, Fabrication & Installation

The pylon sign was created using LED illuminated channel letters over pan formed aluminum. Some of the unique features of the sign are the halo lit wave details. Best of all, we successfully fit the sign right over the old structure. The job went smoothly from start to finish.

Modernizing and Updating Old Signage

We handled everything from the design, fabrication, and installation of the Amanzi Hotel pylon and the entryway monument signs. The illuminated signs reflect the more upscale image of the new hotel and our client is extremely happy with the outcome.

In addition to design, fabricating and installation services, we also handle maintenance and repairs of all types of signage.

For more information, feel free to call Dave’s Signs at (805) 641-1387, or reach out to us online and we will get back to you shortly.

Be sure to also check out our sign galleries for some inspiration.



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.

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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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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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