River Stone Resort

River Stone Resort signThrowback Thursday! Featuring River Stone Resort 2009…

River Stone Resort sits on a particularly beautiful section of Fall River. The  river and road descend from Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Fittingly, they’re known as the “less traveled” north entrance to the Park. River Stone is located 2 miles from the Park’s  entrance, and 2 miles from Estes Park. During the summer season (late June to early September), free shuttle buses run to and from downtown.

Rocky Mountain majesty right next door!

First of all, River Stone Resort is a year-round resort for both private and business groups.The resort offers fully-equipped condos, including kitchens and baths. Also included are gas grills and washers/dryers. In addition, each living room has an HDTV with cable box and a DVD player. The bedrooms have TVs with cable connections. Finally, complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property. Added bonus! A Business Center is available during office hours, stocked with a computer, printer and FAX. When business is done, Rocky Mountain majesty is just a few minutes away from this extraordinary lodge, awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence. You can even recharge your TESLA!  This Rocky Mountain getaway is Paxton Signs’ Throwback Thursday, Featuring River Stone Resort. Visit River Stone Resort’s website at, https://www.riverstoneresorts.com

How we made the River Stone Sign

In 2009, Paxton Signs designed River Stone Resort’s dimensional, handcrafted sign to represent Colorado’s sunlight and pristine river that flows by its banks.River Stone Resort sign closeup The hand-carved gold leaf letters reflect the morning light in a way that captures the ever-changing glints of Rocky Mountain sunshine. Minimalist water and rock art depict the river bank without detracting from the sign’s centerpiece gold leaf lettering.The sign is single-faced and measures 4′ x 9′. The sign panel is fabricated in MDO plywood, using premium quality acrylic latex paints. “River Stone” is hand-cut, shaped, and carved to evoke a rustic look. Finally, the letters are 23k gold leafed and flush-mounted to the background. We built the sign in 2009 and it is still in use.

We specialize in communication art

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs and lighted signs, as well as vehicle and fleet graphics. We excel in hand-painted signs, carved signs, and signs made from recycled wood. Paxton Signs offers a continuous variety of communication art. We serve Fort Collins and northern Colorado. In addition, we service the surrounding mountain communities.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at, www.paxtonsigns.com, or use the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

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RESIDENCE AND CABIN SIGNS

Residence and cabin signs Barnes signThinking about unique holiday gifts?

The upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to order unique, personalized gifts. Residence and cabin signs are gifts that can be enjoyed all year long.

There are numerous  techniques available to create the styles, colors and textures you may have in mind. Interesting, hand-carved elements are popular. Sandblasted details and hand-painted illustrations always delight. Finally, custom frames and trim are great options that add an even more elaborate look.

Most residence and cabin signs signs measure 12” x 20” vertically or horizontally. Sizes vary for most custom orders. Depending on the detail involved, the average residence sign will cost approximately $350-$400.

A handcrafted residence or cabin sign will last decades. Furthermore, a quality Paxton residence sign is a good investment. It’s one you’ll be proud to give and appreciate every time you visit the happy recipients. However, since each sign is custom designed and built, ample time is needed to produce it by the holidays. So, ORDER NOW!

residence and cabin signs for the holidays Chebuhar sign

We specialize in communication art

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs and lighted signs, as well as vehicle and fleet graphics. We excel in hand-painted signs, carved signs, and signs made from recycled wood.

Paxton Signs offers a continuous variety of communication art. We serve Fort Collins and northern Colorado. In addition, we service the surrounding mountain communities.

To order your RESIDENCE SIGN, call Paxton Signs at, 970-221-5519, or use the “CONTACT” feature, above.

Visit Pinterest to view our boards and ideas at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/ For our complete residence signs portfolio, visit us at www.paxtonsigns.com/residence-signs.

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

Chesterfield, Bottomsley & Potts

FRIDAY'S FEATURE: CB&Potts best in fort collins sign

Paxton Signs’ Friday Feature: Chesterfield, Bottomsley & Potts – The Best In Fort Collins.

This historic restaurant started in 1971. Later, it added its own brewery. The restaurant was initially named after a turn-of-the-century British law firm, Chesterfield, Bottomsley & Potts. Eventually, during a restaurant contest in the late 1990s, the name became C.B.&Potts. Initially, the first restaurant opened as a “RAM Deluxe Tavern” in Lakewood, Washington. It is still headquartered there. RAM Deluxe operates over 30 restaurants in seven states, including the C.B.& Potts in Fort Collins. Fort Collins voted it the Best In Fort Collins during the early 1990s. Following that, in 1995, the restaurant began brewing beer. C.B.&Potts contributed to the successful evolution of the craft beer industry. Notably, their efforts garnered over 100 medals from prestigious institutions such as the NABA and GABF. Although no longer serving Fort Collins, you can visit their website at: www.cbpotts.com

How We Made The CB&Potts “Best In Fort Collins” Sign

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. We sandblasted the redwood panel, then added the columbine blossoms which we carved into glass and then hand painted. The sign features 22k gold leaf letters with variegated gold leaf centers. We chose the teal color to pick up the booth colors throughout the restaurant. The sign borders are clear-coated with polyurethane.

We Specialize in Communication Arts

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs and lighted signs, as well as vehicle and fleet graphics. We excel in hand-painted signs, carved signs, and signs made from recycled wood. Paxton Signs offers a continuous variety of communication art. We serve Fort Collins and northern Colorado. In addition, we service the surrounding mountain communities.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at, www.paxtonsigns.com/dimensional-signs, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

The Green New Deal in Sign Making

the green new deal in sign making my sister knits sign

There’s a Green New Deal in Sign Making.

 Green consciousness has been in full swing for years. Paxton Signs continues to offer interesting choices in recycled and/or natural materials and sign making 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. It’s a win/win proposition: Save the environment and save money!
 

the green new deal in sign making my sister knits entry signHow We Used The Green New Deal For My Sister Knits

“My Sister Knits” liked the idea of the Green New Deal in sign making. They liked recycling the wood from another retired business sign, and, as a result, gave new life to otherwise wasted material. This is notable because of the formidable increase in the global environmental consciousness. The world over, business owners are seeking ways to involve themselves and their businesses in the Green New Deal effort. 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 in sign making for your next sign! Check out our sign boards at, www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/
 
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Wine Glass Ranch

wine glass ranch signPaxton Signs’ Throwback Thursday featuring Wine Glass Ranch – 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 and the home of family generations to come.

The then Lone Star Ranch homestead was the predecessor of the current Wine Glass Ranch, Inc., this week’s “Throwback Thursday featured business. It’s still a family operation. The organization is dedicated to providing clients with professional and profitable management of cattle and natural resources.

Through the decades, and 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. Additionally, they offer other select cattle breeding opportunities. For more information, visit their web site at: www.wineglassranchinc.com

How We Designed and Built the Wine Glass Ranch Sign

In 2006, Paxton Signs created the Wine Glass sign. We used their logo design as its focus. We arranged the art elements to emphasize the ranch’s wine glass cattle brand. In addition, we 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. It gives 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.

We specialize in communication art

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.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at, www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy• Sandblasted • Handcrafted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

Twin Moose Yogurt Company

twin moose yogurt company signThrowback Thursday, featuring Twin Moose Yogurt Company, Breckenridge, Colorado – 2012

At Paxton Signs, we think of our sign work as “communication art.” In contrast to harsh, overpowering, highway billboards, neon signs, or other aggressive outdoor marketing tools, we think artful design is a better option. Undoubtedly, the billboards, etc., have their places in the advertising world. However, they often are prohibited in getaways such as Colorado ski resorts and towns. As it turns out, the outdoor marketing in such areas tends to be artistic. One can walk through these business districts and enjoy an adventure in “communication art.”

Mountain communities have strict sign codes

Sign codes that regulate outdoor advertising are strictly controlled by Colorado towns and counties. Usually, this means that storefront signs must reflect tasteful, subdued appearances. They should correspond with surrounding scenic environments. As a result, Twin Moose Yogurt Company in Breckenridge, Colorado, had size and space requirements that limited their sign investment. In one respect, this was actually good for them because it minimized their per-square-foot cost. The sign restrictions also assured them that other signs in the immediate area wouldn’t overwhelm theirs. However, this created another issue: Conformity. To avoid visual repetition, 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, reflected their name to passers-by. This is an advantage in the competitive tourist market. Of course, the moose motif added to the store’s cachet.

How we made this week’s Throwback Thursday sign, featuring Twin Moose Yogurt Company

The Twin Moose owners provided the basic design. After a few design suggestions and revisions, the sign went to production. As mentioned above, we suggested gold leaf and color applications. Next, we sandblasted the sign’s background in HDU (high-density urethane) for added dimension. Hand-carved HDU moose and tree elements were next. Finally, we painted these elements in rich, realistic, natural colors.

For more examples of Paxton’s signs, visit us at Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

Call today for your adventure in communication art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 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, and carved signs. In addition, we offer vehicle and fleet graphics. Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art. We serve Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at, www.paxtonsigns.com, or use the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

Diamond Peak Goldsmiths

throwback thursday featuring diamond peak goldsmiths Throwback Thursday at Paxton Signs,  Featuring Diamond Peak Goldsmiths – 2004.

In the sign industry – basically, in all outdoor advertising – simple is better. When designing an interesting, effective sign, less is more. Although most businesses would like the biggest sign possible, city and county sign codes dictate the size and installation of commercial signs.  Local preservation committees usually have the final say in how businesses advertise their wares and services. This is especially true in historic areas. Such is the case in Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado. Here, every linear square foot of storefront earns two square feet in total sign size. City codes also determine where the sign is placed. Because of so many restrictions, most store owners opt for simple, artistic sign design. One such sign is our work for this week’s Throwback Thursday featuring Diamond Peak Goldsmiths.

How we made this week’s Throwback Thursday, Diamond Peak Goldsmiths Sign

In 2004, Diamond Peak Goldsmiths liked the idea of contrasting shimmering gold against a flat black background. It was an attention-getting option for their sandblasted, oval sign.  Paxton Signs designed the sign to showcase “Goldsmiths”. We used dimensional, domed, gold leaf for the script. We added lovely jade green paint on the border and on the store’s name. Finally, we designed a custom-made, steel, swing-arm support. We painted it in flat black. The dark background gave the sign a beautiful contrast.

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

We provide a continuous variety of communication art

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 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, and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at, www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY Lamp Post Lodge

throwback thursday featuring the lamp post lodge signLocated in historic Custer County, Colorado, our Throwback Thursday Lamp Post Lodge sign is in the town of Westcliffe. The town 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.throwback thursday featuring the lamp post lodge photo

Here’s how we produced this week’s Throwback Thursday Lamp Post Lodge sign:

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.

Paxton Signs produced the 2-sided highway sign in-house, sizing MDO signboard plywood to fit within the Lodge’s existing brick piers. We designed the sign to be dimensional. We did this by featuring the lamp post graphic on a raised surface. The dark blue background highlights the word “Lodge.” The sign’s colors blend nicely with the brick piers. We double-coated all the surfaces with high-quality, outdoor latex paint. This was necessary to withstand the sign’s exposed location.

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

FEATURED BUSINESS LuLu Asian Bistro

Featured Business Lulu Asian Bistro signThis week’s featured business, LuLu Asian Bistro, is unique. You won’t find lengthy descriptions of menu items. Instead, the Bistro fills its website menu with large, colorful, photos of their incomparable Asian fare. Whether it’s sushi, broccoli or sweet and sour, one look at their on-line menu and you will promptly choose the “order online” feature. Of special interest is their Asian Platter selection. In addition, their All Day Menu, Authentic Chinese Menu, and popular Lunch Menu are always in demand. This is how all restaurants should display their menus!  That is, with large photos of tempting dishes you can almost taste! Visit LuLu Asian Bistro at: https://info781961.wixsite.com/luluasianbistro/menus

How we Made the sign for this week’s Featured Business, Lulu Asian Bistro

In 2007, Paxton Signs had the pleasure of creating LuLu Asian Bistro’s dimensional storefront sign. We created the simple, tasteful background design by using black, powder-coated, custom-cut aluminum. We hand-carved the “LuLu” letters in high-density urethane, followed by gilding them in gold leaf. Finally, we router-cut the letters, “Asian” and “Bistro,” in red acrylic. Ultimately, the combination of these materials make 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.

We offer a continuous variety of Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs and lighted signs. Our specialty is making signs from recycled wood, as well as hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics. Paxton Signs offers a continuous variety of communication art. We serve Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

Featured Business Kirk’s Fly Shop

featured business Kirk's Fly Shop signThis week’s Featured Business, Kirk’s Fly Shop, sign started with a great logo. Its fine design contributed to one of the most colorful signs we’ve ever produced. With overall dimensions of 5′ x 6′, the two-sided, Kirk’s Fly Shop sign required multiple layers of paint, all applied by hand. This included the hand-carved,  hand-painted trout, and the raised, hand-carved letters. The background was custom-cut from plywood. We formed the trout and letters from high-density urethane. Because the sign was two-sided, every cut and paint stroke had to be applied twice. This included the intricate border detail, a mountain scene illustration, and the fly and trout elements. It was a time-consuming endeavor. The project required ample time for each layer of paint to dry before applying the next.

Hand-painted signs are more popular than ever

Hand-painted signs are in demand now because of their durability and attractive aesthetic. Forget unwieldy, overlapping vinyl layers with harsh edges. Hand-painting achieves multiple, seamless layers. Additionally, intricate designs and artistic details are more colorful and better executed.

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.

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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