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The Sign Depot – @ The Top Of Canada

Peter Moir of The Sign Depot Heads To The Top of Canada

Peter Moir - The Sign Depot - Top of Canada

Last month Peter Moir, owner/president of The Sign Depot went on his yearly canoe trip.  This year his trip took him to the top of Canada.  He and his canoe group headed to Baffin Island, Nunavut to explore the Mount Joy area of the Soper River. The Soper River, now deemed a heritage river in Canada, is region full of wildlife, including polar bears!

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

The summer days are extended in Baffin Island.  With only a few hours of darkness you can explore the area at length each day.  As you can see Peter was able to find great scenery along his canoeing adventure.

A lot of planning went into preparing for this trip.  Here are just a few things to think about when planning a canoe trip vacation.

How To Plan A Canoe Trip

  • Research the area – Make sure you are aware of the rules and regulations for that area
  • Travel light – Everything you need has to be transported by canoe or carried by you
  • Make it waterproof – Keep your belongings in a watertight container to avoid damage
  • Capture the moment – Remember your camera so you are able to photograph your adventure

These are just a few things to think about when planning a canoe trip.  The best way to prepare is to speak to someone with a lot of paddling experience.

Summer Vacation

How are you spending your summer vacation? Are you planning a canoe trip or something else? Perhaps a long trek, or a relaxing time at a cottage or cabin? Which ever you choose we hope you get to spend some time enjoying the outdoors this summer. It won’t be long until the winter starts to creep in and we’ll be talking about hygge once again.

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Signs Of Change In St. Jacobs Ontario

St. Jacobs

St. Jacobs Ontario is a well known tourist attraction in Southern Ontario Canada.  Best known for its two shopping areas, The St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and the St. Jacobs Village Shops.  Each area is a vibrant destination situated in a rural setting.  To reflect both the heritage of the locale and the modern day shopping experiences available, The Sign Depot has made several signs for this area over the years.  Many are featured in the video below.

Signs Of Change

After the fire at the St Jacobs Farmers’ Market years ago, a new building was erected and it showed that the market was able to withstand the obstacles that it had to overcome. The signage for the market was bright and cheerful just like the market vendors you can find there.

The Village of St. Jacobs is making changes as well.  Recently we produced WELCOME signs for the area.  These dimensional signs give travelers a warm welcome as they enter the village and serve as a landmark for this destination.

As years go by the retailers in St. Jacobs Village Shops change as well.  Last month Nights of Napery moved into the shopping area and our expert sign-makers created a custom cedar sandblasted sign for the exterior of their shop. This eye catching sign serves as a wayfinding item but also give the sentiment of relaxation with the night scene that was carved into the sign.

Sandblasted Cedar Signs - Nights Of Napery - The Sign Depot

Styles of Signs

When it to comes to styles of signs, we have quite a variety.  We want to assist you in creating signs that reflect your business.  For more information about getting a custom sign crafted for your company, be sure to visit our CONTACT US page.  Then send us an email with your ideas and sizes. We are happy to provide you with a free signage quote.

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Canadian Moose Replica – Custom Signs And Props

Crafting A Custom Sign To Create A Canadian Moose Head Replica

We often talk about our custom signs being shipped all over North America but today, as we enter the Canada Day Long Weekend celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday we thought we would show you a Canadian symbol that was recently shipped to a U.S. client.

In the image above you can see in the bottom row of images that the project was created in several steps. It began with creating a structure from High Density Urethane otherwise know as HDU.  The pieces of HDU were carved to match the shape of the moose head, then they were layered to create dimension.  Once the moose head took shape it was given a custom paint finish with a texture element to replicate the look of a moose’s coat.  Then its features were finished to give it a more comical look.  Once all of the elements were completed the finished project  was shipped to our customer. It will serve as a wall hanging for the client which we are sure will become quite a conversation piece.

Creating Dimensional Signs, Props And Replicas

If you follow our blog you know that we get lots of requests that include the Canadian Moose along with other animals that are symbols of Canada.

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If you find yourself looking for a custom sign, dimensional or otherwise, please visit our CONTACT US page.  From there you can email us with the project you are looking to have created. Just send your contact info along with what you are interested in, the size you are looking for and another specifics would like included.  Our sign designers will provide you with a quote for your approval and then the process can begin.

For more examples of our work visit our website and choose our portfolio tab.  There you will see all the types of custom signs we can create.

Happy Canada 150!

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Celebrating #Canada150 With The Signs Of Canada

Purveyor Of Canadian Signs

Being a Canadian Sign Company, we take pride in the all things Canadian, signage and otherwise.  That is why we want to mark #Canada150 with our Canadian signs.  Many of our custom wood signs are made from Canadian Western Red Cedar which means they are able to withstand the outdoor elements and their longevity makes them a great investment.

Cottage Signs - The Sign Depot

Not all of our signs are created with cedar.  We also have award winning signs crafted from Barn Board, Metal, Aluminum, Acrylic and HDU (High Density Urethane).

Award Winning Business Sign - The Sign Depot

Below are examples of the varieties of signs we make and their Canadian Connection.

Signs Of Canada

Our most popular cottage sign design is the Canadian Maple

Custom Cottage Sign Airbrush Painting - The Sign Depot

Speaking of maple, nothing is more Canadian, food wise, than Maple Syrup

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

Beverage wise, we have been known to make a variety of Beer signs

and lots of other traditional Canadian symbols as well including wildlife symbols such as

Beavers

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

Moose

Canadian Custom Signs - The Sign Depot

Loons

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

Geese

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

and Polar Bears

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

Other symbols include

Canoes

Niagara Falls

3 Dimensional Sign Sculpture - The Sign Depot

RCMP Mounties

Canadian Custom Signs - The Sign Depot

Heritage Sites

and of course Hockey

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

When it comes to business there is the traditional ones Tim Hortons

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

Harveys

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

and the new start up businesses that are putting Canada on the tech map.

These are just some of the Canadian signs we have created.  Being a custom sign shop we can provide you with the sign that best suits your style.  Whether it’s signage for your company or a single custom sign for your cottage we can craft a sign that meets your needs.  To get your sign quoted visit our CONTACT US page.  Email us with the style, size, text and graphics you require and one of sign experts will send you a free quote.

We hope you enjoy #Canada150! Have a happy Canada Day!

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Everyone Is Flocking To The Sign Depot To Check Our Our Custom Signs

News Travels Fast

It was just last fall that we mentioned that The Gray Jay might be the next big thing for custom cottage signs. Well we guess the word must have got out about it as we had some new visitors in our neighbourhood this morning.

What began as post on our facebook page about potential customers…..

….. almost became reality as this pair of geese ended up at The Sign Depot’s front entrance.

We assured them that they are still very popular choice when it comes to cedar cottage signs.

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

They seemed satisfied with our answer and were on their way to check out all of the fresh new lawns on the street.

Bird Watching

While the Canada Goose has always been a popular choice for cottage signs, other birds have made appearances as well.

Loons

Cottage Sign Loon - The Sign Depot

Cranes

Cardinals

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and even Chickens

Each of these signs were custom made to the clients specifications and bird preference. If any of the above images leave you feeling peckish for your own custom sign, you can see below just how easy it is to have one created to suit your needs.  Perhaps you might want to get them for the whole family “because birds of a feather, flock together” or so they say.

Create Your Own Custom Cottage Sign

Here at The Sign Depot we can create any wood sign to fit your style. Just supply us with the size, shape, text, colour scheme and what type of graphic you would like to see on it and we can send you a free quote. All it takes is a visit to our CONTACT US page to get started.  You may want to get on that quickly as these bird themed custom signs “are flying out of here” and the staff might be on a hunt for some Golden Eggs that the pair of geese may have left behind. Want to keep up on other bird happenings here? Visit our twitter page @TheSignDepot and send us a “TWEET”

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Custom Signs That Leave A Lasting Impression

Who Said It First?

No one really knows who coined the phrase

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression!”

While, this rings true when it comes to storefront signage and reception signs, but our stance here at The Sign Depot is a little different.

Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression, make sure your signage leaves a lasting one.

We want your business to look impressive from the moment that a potential customer sees it, but we want your company signage to leave a lasting impression as well. Choosing to brand your business with custom signs is the best way to ensure your company is memorable.  This is of great importance when it comes to current clients recommending your business to others.  They want to refer their friends and colleagues to well established professionals.  If your signs don’t convey that sentiment there is less of a chance that your will get that word of mouth recommendation.

What Do Your Custom Signs Say About Your Business?

Business Signs For Outdoor Exposure - The Sign Depot

Springtime is always a good time to take a look at your building’s curb appeal.  Take some time to pass by your business.  See how it looks to those traveling past in a vehicle or just walking by.  Will they be impressed by what they see? What is your signage saying about your business? If it’s not conveying the message that you are the expert in your industry, it would be a good idea to change it. You may just change the impression of your business in your community.

Have The Last Word

Choosing to create a custom sign that elevates your brand is the best way to make a statement both visually and in your field of business.  It acts as a 24 hour advertisement for your company, so be sure to consult the expertise of a professional sign company.  They will make recommendations that fit your business and your budget. Your custom sign might start a conversation with a potential customer or help influence a decision maker looking for a new supplier. Here at The Sign Depot we want to ensure your company is always top of mind and leaves a lasting impression.

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3 Dimensional Signs, Interactive Displays, Plinko Boards And More

Creating Engagement With 3 Dimensional Signs

Finding ways for companies to interact and stay engaged with their clients is very important.  Being memorable is one of our 3 Keys To A Successful Trade Show.  It keeps your business top of mind with your current and potential customers and helps to increase brand awareness about your company.  Using 3 dimensional signs to create engagement with the public may not something you have thought of, but you can see by the examples below, interactive displays can get your info shared to a larger audience.

Providing Plinko Games To Gain An Audience

While many of our clients already come to us for unique signs for their trade shows and customer appreciation events, some really want to ensure that the audience takes the time to visit their display.  This is when a PLINKO game can make an impact.  While Heffner Toyota uses their custom Plinko game for customer promotions, The Great Canadian Meat Company is taking theirs to upcoming trade shows and the Portland Trail Blazers use theirs to interact with fans.  Each of these circumstances create memorable experiences between the brand and their audience.

Plinko Game - The Great Canadian Meat Company - The Sign Depot

Interactive Sign Displays

When it comes to creating buzz about your brand, social media is one of the best ways to spread your message. Most people think of interactive displays as immersive virtual reality or augmented reality experiences, but any display that people interact with counts as well.  Souvenir City came to Sign Depot to create a 3 dimensional sign structure to use as a photo booth prop for their Niagara Falls location.  As you can see by tweet below, their visitors are putting it to good use by snapping photos and posting it on social media channels.

Engage Your Audience With 3 Dimensional Signs

Whether you are looking for leads at a trade show or search for new fans online, using your business signs to display your brand is a great way to gain exposure.  The sign-making experts here at The Sign Depot are here to assist you with your branded signage.  Just visit the CONTACT US page to request a free quote.

 

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Settlement Co. Makes It Official With A Their Custom Business Sign

 

A Sign Of Things To Come

As stated on the Instagram and Facebook pages for Settlement Co. it is now “Officially Official” that they are opening a second location.

Choosing the newly installed custom business sign to make the announcement, keeps their branding top of mind for their current and potential customers.

No Need To Search For Settlement Co.

The new locale is in a high traffic area near Downtown Kitchener. By choosing to brand the exterior of the building with signs that are visible to vehicle traffic and pedestrians passing by, ensures that the community can find them easily.

Custom Business Sign - Settlement Co - The Sign Depot

Custom Business Sign - Settlement Co - The Sign Depot

Both signs were created to stand out from the surroundings.  Their herringbone design was used as a backer for each sign and then individual cutout letters were mounted to it to add dimension to the signage.  Both of these custom business signs were finished off with a sign frame to give the signs a sleek, stylish look.

Get Set For Settlement Co.

To get set for opening of the second Settlement Co. location, they are offering a 4 WEEK COFFEE CRASH COURSE to the public.  With a variety of topics ranging from tastings to Latte Art design, these classes will provide a great intro of their offerings to the community.

Including Custom Business Signs Into Your Expansion Plan

Custom Business Sign - Settlement Co - The Sign Depot

Are you planning to add new locations to business? The best way to get the word out about a company expansion is through custom business signs that enhance your brand.  The expert sign-makers here at The Sign Depot can work with your current design or assist you in developing new designs for your business.  Just visit the CONTACT US page to get a quote. For more examples of our custom signs visit our website gallery, find us on facebook or send us a tweet with what we can assist you with.

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Celebrating Canada’s Agriculture Day With Custom Signs

Canada’s Agriculture Day

The local food movement grows bigger and bigger each year which is why today is a great day to celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day.  Being a custom sign company located in Kitchener Waterloo Ontario Canada, we know the impact local farmer’s make on the food industry.

Farm To Table In The Region Of Waterloo

When most think of Kitchener-Waterloo they think of the technology sector, but the area has so much more to offer.  Kitchener-Waterloo is part of a much bigger municipality known as The Region Of Waterloo.  The Region of Waterloo consists of  the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge as well as Wilmot, Wellesley, Woolwich and North Dumfries townships.  This mix of urban and rural communities is what gives this area of  Ontario Canada a uniqueness and appeal to tourists.

The farming community in this area is vibrant.  With the shift to locally grown food, this area has so much to offer.  The Buy Local Buy Fresh initiative that originated in this area was well intact before anyone had heard of the 100 Mile Diet.  Here in our community there are several options for those seeking to support local farmers.

Here’s a list of a few popular places to support local food

Kitchener Market - Custom Sign - The Sign Depot Landmark Sign - St Jacobs Market Building - The Sign Depot
  • Barries Asparagus – A country market that also supplies other stores with their products
Farm Signs

 Stemmler's Farm Market Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

Vehicle Graphics   3 dimensional signs - The Sign Depot  

Over the years we have been chosen by each of the above establishments to create custom signs for them.  Each one has unique signage to reflect their brand.  If you are looking to support local agriculture, be sure to visit the links for the businesses listed above.  If you are looking to brand your food based business be sure to contact THE SIGN DEPOT.

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Essential Steps For Branding And Rebranding With Signs – Kindred Credit Union

Branding And Rebranding With Signs - Kindred Credit Union - The Sign Depot

Begin Branding Your Business With Signs

When it comes to creating a business brand the best place to start is within your local community and once your brand is recognizable expand it from there. Make sure you find a way to make your mark and stay top of mind with potential customers with your business signs.  They are often the first impression for your business so it is important to connect with a full service sign shop that can cover all of your signage needs.

When To Rebrand

When your business decides to rebrand it could be for various reasons.  One being to refocus a company. In the case of Kindred Credit Union they decided to focus on growth when they changed their branding from Mennonite Savings and Credit Union to Kindred Credit Union. It is important when rebranding that you take the necessary steps to ensure your new branding is known to all.  According to the article 7 Steps to a Successful Rebrand

“once you have established who and what you want to be, do not change it except for tweaks and slight adjustments. It takes 10 to 12 ‘touches’ for a customer to even notice you. Keep going long after you think everyone must have seen the new brand. Trust me—they haven’t”

This is where rebranding with signs plays an important role.

4 Steps For Rebranding With Signs

Just as Kindred Credit Union did we suggest you follow these steps when rebranding a business.

Begin with banners.  Do not keep referring to your old messaging once you have decided to rebrand.  Let your current clients know that changes are coming by removing existing signs and logos and replacing them with temporary banners during the switch over.

 Make sure your new branding stands out.  In the case of Kindred Credit Union this is a literal statement.  With their choice of vibrant colours and 3 dimensional signs, their new branding made a bright and bold impact in relation to their surroundings. Branding And Rebranding With Signs - Kindred Credit Union - The Sign Depot

 Branding And Rebranding With Signs - Kindred Credit Union - The Sign Depot

Bring The Outdoors In.  Kindred Credit Union ensured that their rebrand was consistent from the time you walked up to their location, and continued it throughout your experience inside their building. Their exterior signs were created to be highly visible from a distance and once entering their establishment, the installation of focal point reception signs made to match the exterior signage, continued the visual flow for the clients arriving for their banking needs.

Get The Word Out. Once they finished rebranding an establishment they invited the community to come and see the locations new look.  This assists in educating the public on all they have to offer.

Is your business looking to become a well known brand or ready for a rebranding refresh? The expert sign-makers at The Sign Depot are here to help.  Just visit the CONTACT US page to get the process started.

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