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Custom Business Signs For Blackberry – Signs Of Good Things To Come For Waterloo Region’s RIM

Business Signs For Blackberry

The Region Of Waterloo is know as being the technology hub of Canada.  In more recent years The Tannery Building in Kitchener Ontario has become quite a think tank for the tech industry.  The Sign Depot was selected by several of The Tannery’s tenants to provide custom reception signs that fit their businesses as well as the re-purposed building where they now reside.  A few names you may recognize are Desire2Learn, Cutegecko, VeloCity Garage, MFX Partners and Mad Hatter Tech. Beyond reception signs we have been a regular supplier of custom business signs for The Communitech Hub located in The Tannery. The Communitech Hub is a collaberative workspace for tech based businesses.  The most well known tech company in Waterloo Region is Research In Motion, who is about to launch the latest Blackberry.  To promote RIM’s upcoming release Communitech came to The Sign Depot to create a sign to coincide with the Blackberry launch.

Blackberry Sign - Custom Business Signs - The Sign Depot

Signs Of Celebration  

 Research In Motion is a highly visible company in this area and RIM is well known for their Community Involvement. To celebrate the upcoming launch of RIM’s latest Blackberry smartphone they are holding celebrations in three separate parts of The Region Of Waterloo.  Below is the information about the upcoming community Skating Parties being hosted by Research In Motion on Wednesday January 30, 2013 in The City Of Kitchener, The City Of Waterloo and The City Of Cambridge.

  • Waterloo – Public Square/City Hall 75 King St S Waterloo, ON 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Kitchener – City Skate Rink/City Hall 200 King St W Kitchener, ON 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Cambridge – Central Park Skating Rink 615 King Street, Cambridge, ON 5:30pm – 7:30pm

These free community skating parties also include include free hot chocolate, cookies, and music. We think this is a sign of good things to come!



High Density Urethane Letters – VeloCity Garage

HDU And What It Can Do

High Density Urethane, often referred to as HDU is a material that we use quite often when creating dimensional signs. It can be manipulated in many ways to create the look you want to achieve.  In the past we have made it look like wood, brick, stone and even fudge.  HDU is a versatile substrate that can be routered,  sanded and painted just like wood.  You can be equally creative with the finish on a High Density Urethane sign. That is what VeloCity Garage decided to do with their space in The Communitech Hub.   The idea was for a sleek look with a bit of an edge.  The way that was accomplished was by using two different finishes on the same project.

Step By Step

The HDU sign letters were cut out on the CNC router table.  Then after sanding and priming the letters, pins were attached with epoxy.  These would be used for installation.  Then they were ready for the paint finishes.

the GARAGE portion of the sign was given a rust finish while the VELOCITY part was painted to a high gloss look.

After the VeloCity Garage signs were installed, the two very different looks came together to capture the feel of this High Tech shared space inside a re-purposed Tannery.  Finding the right mix of old and new was the key to artstic look of this uniquely crafted sign project.  The result was a “best of both worlds” sign that tips the hat to the building’s historic past and fast forwards occupents to the bright future.

VeloCity Garage Sign - High Density Urethane - The Sign Depot

If you happen to be visiting VeloCity Garage we would love to hear what you think of the sign. Tweet a pic to @TheSignDepot with your thoughts or find us on Facebook to see more of our projects.

The Sign Depot’s Community Involvement – The Fans Have Spoken

The Sign Depot’s Community Involvement – The Fans Have Spoken

 Opening the Door

Last week the question was asked our SIGN DEPOT BLOG VIEWERS what they would like to see covered on the blog.  We receive answers on both the Facebook Fan page as well as on Twitter.

The answer with the most votes was OPEN HOUSE INFO.

We are holding our next Open House on Friday Sept 9th from 6:30-9:30pm in conjuction with the

140 Characters Conference Meetup

The 140 Chartacters Conference is coming to Canada for the first time and the event is being held at The Tannery.  We’re very familiar with that building in regards to reception signage, window graphics and wayfinding signs.

To celebrate the arrival of the 140 Conference in Canada, there are meetups being held all over Ontario this summer.  The final meetup will be held here 51 Borden Ave S. Kitchener Ontario.  Once again we are partnering with Little Mushroom Catering and I’m sure a few other friends will be involved along the way.

If you are interested in meeting lots of people from different parts of the province, please plan to drop by!  Make sure you RSVP at this link so we can ensure there are enough munchies for everyone!

If you’re interested in learning more about the 140 Characters Conference make sure to watch the video below

You can see more vids about it in the playlist found here

You can also learn more by following #140confONT hashtag or becoming a fan of their page on Facebook.

You can learn more about The Sign Depot’s community involvement by visiting out Sign Blog and searching community.  You will quickly see how involved we are in our community.  We pride ourselves on being helpful to both the business and not for profit community.

As for our part in the 140 Characters Conference we will be providing wayfinding signage for the Conference and a great meetup leading up to the Conference.  We hope you’ll join on here on Sept 9th


welcome sign - The Sign Depot