FRIDAY’S FEATURE: CB&Potts – Best In Fort Collins


This historic restaurant started in 1971 and added its own brewery nearly two decades later. The restaurant was initially named after a turn-of-the-century British law firm called Chesterfield, Bottomsley & Potts. The name was eventually shortened in the late 1990s in a restaurant contest to,  C.B. & Potts. The first C.B.& Potts opened as a “RAM Deluxe Tavern” in Lakewood, Washington, where it is still headquartered. It operates over 30 restaurants in seven states, including the C.B.& Potts in Fort Collins – voted Best In Fort Collins during the early 1990s. In 1995, they began brewing beer, contributing to the successful evolution of the craft beer industry. Their efforts have garnered over 100 medals from institutions as prestigious as the NABA and GABF. Visit their website at: www.cbpotts.com

Paxton Signs was delighted to design and produce the C.B. & Potts, “Best In Fort Collins” sign. It hung above the establishment’s entryway for many years. The sign panel was sandblasted redwood with columbine blossoms carved into glass then hand painted. The lettering was gilded with 22k gold leaf with variegated gold leaf centers. The teal color was chosen to pick up the booth colors throughout the restaurant. The sign borders were then clear-coated with polyurethane.

Paxton Signs’ more than 38 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

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The Green New Deal in Sign Making

 
 
“Green” consciousness has been in full swing for years. And Paxton Signs continues to offer interesting choices in recycled and/or natural materials and processes. For example, instead of using plastic sign material, maybe choose glass. Instead of sign synthetics, wood is much more interesting. Why fill up landfills with vinyl products when simple, honest paint offers more interest and life expectancy to signs. In many cases, these three alternatives will be more cost effective, saving businesses advertising dollars.
 
“My Sister Knits” liked the idea of recycling the wood from another retired business sign, and, in so doing, gave new life to otherwise wasted material. This is notable because of the formidable increase in the global environmental consciousness. My Sister Knits wanted to be a part of the movement towards a sustainable future. Their signage reflects their commitment to this ideal.
 
The Green New Deal is not only closer than we think, but it’s a much wiser, economically sound, and environmentally responsible direction to take your business. Ask us about our Green New Deals for your next sign!
 
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THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Open Country Adventures – 2006

“When Sherman McCoy filed for a homestead in 1888, Nebraska was still part of the frontier. Having left Iowa by train, he walked the last 30 miles from the western most stop at Elsie, Nebraska, to his new home – the home of generations to come.

Homesteaded in 1888, the then Lone Star Ranch was the predecessor of Wine Glass Ranch, Inc. — a family operation dedicated to providing clients with professional and profitable management of cattle and natural resources.

Through good stewardship and thrifty living, the original operation grew to almost 8,000 acres. The current operation includes farming, ranching, cattle management services and natural resource management. For landowners, Wine Glass Ranch offers farm, ranch and natural resource management. For cattle owners and investors, Wine Glass Ranch offers a vast array of cattle management services, and other select breeding opportunities.”

For more information, visit their web site at: www.wineglassranchinc.com

In 2006, Paxton Signs created the Wine Glass sign, using their logo design as its focus. We arranged the art elements to emphasize the ranch’s wine glass cattle brand, then anchored their name prominently, just below the stylized hill elements and wine glass logo. The sign’s shape was custom-cut, then sandblasted, into high-density urethane. The wine glass itself was gold-leafed, giving the sign additional interest and appeal. As always, a triple-coat paint finish insured the sign would have a long life in Nebraska’s sometimes harsh weather conditions.

Paxton Signs’ more than 38 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Twin Moose Yogurt, Breckenridge, Colo – 2012

In most Colorado vacation destinations, sign codes are strictly controlled by the towns and counties that regulate outdoor advertising in their areas. This usually means that storefront signs must reflect a tasteful, subdued appearance that corresponds with the surrounding scenic environment.

At Paxton Signs, we think of our sign designs as “communication art,” in contrast to harsh, overpowering, highway billboards, neon signs, or other aggressive outdoor marketing tools. Although these products have their places in the advertising world, they are prohibited in getaways such as Breckenridge, Frisco, Vail, Aspen, Steamboat or Crested Butte. In fact, the outdoor marketing in these areas is so artistic, one can walk through their respective business districts and enjoy an adventure in “commercial art.”

Twin Moose Yogurt Company of Breckenridge, Colorado, had size and space requirements that limited their sign investment. This was actually good for them because it minimized their per-square-foot cost. The local sign restrictions also assured them that other signs in the immediate area wouldn’t overwhelm theirs, which, in turn, created another issue: Conformity. To set their sign apart from the uniformity of the surrounding signs, Paxton Signs suggested using gold leaf on the store’s hand-carved letters. The way in which gold leaf catches light guaranteed that their sign, literally, would reflect their name to passers-by, an advantage in the local competitive treat market.  The sign’s background was sandblasted in high-density urethane for added dimension. The moose and tree elements were hand-carved in HDU as well, then painted in realistic, natural colors. Needless to say, the yogurt was legendary.

Paxton Signs’ more than 38 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Diamond Peak Goldsmiths – 2004

In the sign industry – basically, in all outdoor advertising – simple is better when designing an interesting, effective sign. And, although most businesses would like the biggest sign possible, city and county sign codes dictate the size and the installation of commercial signs. To further control the appearance of signs in historic areas, preservation committees usually have the final say in how businesses advertise their wares and services. Such is the case in Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado, where, for every linear square foot of storefront measured, a store’s sign earns two square feet in size. Where the sign is placed on the storefront is also determined by existing city sign codes. Because of so many restrictions, most store owners opt for simple, artistic sign design.

In 2004, Diamond Peak Goldsmiths liked the idea of contrasting shimmering gold against flat black as an attention-getting option for their sandblasted, oval sign.  Paxton Signs designed the sign to showcase “Goldsmiths” by using a dimensional, domed, gold leaf script – always eye-catching. A lovely jade green paint was used on the border and on the store’s name, “Diamond Peak.” To finish, we designed a  custom-made, steel, swing-arm support – painted, of course, in flat black.

In 2009, Diamond Peak Goldsmiths relocated their business to the northwestern side of Fort Collins. Paxton Signs designed a new sign for that location, as well. Visit their web site at: http://diamondpeakgold.com

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: The Lamp Post Lodge, Westcliffe, CO.

Located in historic Custer County, Colorado, the town of Westcliffe is home to an abundance of passionate stargazers. While there are several awe-inspiring stargazing spots in the area, the Lamp Post Lodge offers “dark-sky” mountain lodging in the heart of the Wet Mountain Valley, at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It boasts crisp linens, cozy atmosphere, fresh mountain air, majestic panoramic views, and, of course, those stars!

The Lamp Post can accommodate individuals or group events, offering the entire hotel property for large gatherings. It’s a convenient short walk from Westcliffe’s Main Street. Visit their web site at: http://www.lamppostlodge.com.

In 2011, Paxton Signs designed the Lamp Post Lodge sign remotely, via the Internet. We’ve never had the pleasure of personally meeting the owners, Dick and Barb Jones. However, because they are serious business owners and community leaders, working with them on-line and in phone conversations made our collaboration smooth and seamless. We produced their 2-sided highway sign (above) in-house, sizing MDO signboard plywood to fit within their existing brick piers. All surfaces were double-coated with high-quality, outdoor latex paint to withstand the exposed sign location.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

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FEATURED BUSINESS: LuLu Asian Bistro, Fort Collins

Instead of lengthy descriptions of their menu items, LuLu Asian Bistro’s website is filled with large, colorful, photos of their incomparable Asian fare. From sushi to broccoli to sweet and sour, one look at their on-line menu will have you promptly clicking the “order online” feature. Of special interest: The Bistro’s Asian Platters, their All Day Menu, Authentic Chinese Menu, and popular Lunch Menu. This is how all restaurants should display their menus: Big, tempting photos you can almost taste! Visit LuLu Asian Bistro at: https://info781961.wixsite.com/luluasianbistro/menus

In 2007, Paxton Signs had the enviable pleasure of creating LuLu Asian Bistro’s dimensional storefront sign. The simple, tasteful background design was created by using custom-cut aluminum, powder-coated in black. The “LuLu” letters were hand-carved from high-density urethane, then gilded in gold leaf. The “Asian” and “Bistro” letters were router-cut in red acrylic. The combination of these materials has made the LuLu sign durable and weather-resilient. The sign is still in use today – 12 years later – with little fading or change in its overall appearance.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

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Featured Business: Kirk’s Fly Shop, Grand Lake Colorado

A great logo contributed to one of the most colorful signs we’ve ever produced. With overall dimensions of 5′ x 6′, the two-sided, Kirk’s FlyShop sign required multiple layers of paint, all applied by hand, including the hand-carved,  hand-painted trout, and the raised, hand-carved letters. The background was custom-cut from plywood, and the trout and letters formed from high-density urethane. Because the sign was two-sided, every cut and paint stroke had to be applied twice, including the intricate border detail, a mountain scene illustration, and the fly and trout elements. It was a time-consuming endeavor requiring ample time for each layer of paint to dry before applying the next.

Hand-painted signs are in demand now because of their durability and attractive aesthetic: Instead of unwieldy, overlapping vinyl layers with harsh edges, hand-painting can achieve multiple, seamless layers, as well as colorful, intricate designs and artistic details.

Paxton Signs has produced signs for Kirk’s Fly Shops in Estes Park as well as this latest sign, above, for their store in Grand Lake, Colorado. They are a full-service fishing experience, both in gear selection and trip outings. Visit their website at, www.kirksflyshopgrandlake.com.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

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FEATURED BUSINESS: Wild Side Smoke Shop

The Wild Side Smoke Shop  wanted a retro look for their lighted storefront sign. We found “Hip Pocket,” a typeface that is both bold and 60’s retro. With a little font manipulation to improve readability, the design was ready for production.

The shop’s name was channel letter set with LED illumination. Both the letters and banner were then covered in tomato-red vinyl, creating a bright, commanding presence both day and night. Fabrication by Tom Meyer at Accent Signs, Loveland, Colorado.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: The Pines at Southmoor – 2008

Apartment living has been booming in the Fort Collins area since the turn of the 20th century. During 2008,  Monarch Investments acquired two multi-family properties: The Pines at Southmoor, in Greeley, and Ramblewood in Fort Collins. Both apartment communities offer similar amenities, such as bus transportation to local universities and city-wide destinations, as well as swimming pools, weight training facilities, and open areas for socializing.

After presenting several sign design ideas to Monarch, the company decided to use the same format for both apartment sites. They wanted a design that would effectively identify their brand – one that both apartment locations could share in shape, size, base and end-post treatment.  The signs were sandblasted into high-density urethane, featured hand-painted art elements, and triple-coated to withstand Colorado’s weather extremes. Individually hand-carved, gold leaf letters drew attention to each apartment complex name. When lined up back-to-back, each two-sided sign shared a metal finish cap that color-matched its borders and posts.

Both signs are still in use at the Greeley and Fort Collins locations.

Visit The Pines website at: www.thepinesatsouthmoor.com. Visit the Ramblewood website at: www.ramblewoodapartmenthomes.com

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

 

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