Spring Creek Recumbent Bicycles

Throwback Thursday! Spring Creek Recumbent Bicycles – 2002

We designed this week’s Throwback Thursday sign for Spring Creek Recumbent Bicycles in 2002. We assembled the sign by using three layers of high-density urethane. This included shaped letters, art elements and logo. We applied these elements to a black steel grid. Finally, we added air-brushed, graduated color to the sign’s logotype using oil enamel paint.

Paxton Signs also designed the Spring Creek Recumbent logo. In addition, we produced their brochures and flyers. Moreover, we managed the bicycle shop’s advertising and marketing program. This included its print advertising, POP advertising and Internet advertising.

Spring Creek Recumbent Bicycles founding owner, Rob Walton, introduced recumbent cycling to northern Colorado. His positive, clever and enthusiastic business practices delighted his customers and local cycling enthusiasts. Walton’s legacy continues in the subsequent store renamed Rocky Mountain Recumbents.

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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 for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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

Sullivan’s Sports Tavern

Throwback Thursday – Sullivan’s Sports Tavern – 1995

Paxton Signs designed and built the Sullivan’s Sports Tavern sign in the mid-1990s. The complex, dimensional sign combined hand-carved letters and gold leaf banner elements. We constructed the sign by layering MDO sign board and high-density urethane. We sealed all of the surfaces with an oil enamel paint finish. In addition, the sports tavern used the sign design as their logo for their advertising and marketing purposes. The Sullivan’s Sports Tavern was one of the first sports bars in Fort Collins. It was located in the adjacent Campus West business district, near Colorado State University.
sullivan's sports tavern

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 for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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

Window Graphics and Lettering

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Window graphics and lettering are snazzy storefront options

Frontier Gallery has featured guns since 1991. The gallery specializes in old antique firearms. Their main focus is Old West and Frontier firearms up to, and including, WWII. The gallery’s owner, Dave (“chief cook and head bottle washer”) has collected old guns for over 30 years. Consequently, he’s had many rare firearms. For example, he’s owned the Colorado Territory Spencer and the factory Engraved 1862 Presentation Henry Rifles. In addition, he’s presented numerous rifles to kings and royalty. In summary, because of the historic significance of his firearms, Dave wanted snazzy window graphics and lettering for his large storefront windows.

Window lettering and window graphics, our specialty!

To advertise their wares, Frontier decided to use their large storefront windows for their signage. Turning it up a notch, they chose gold leaf lettering. The overall effect reflects a by-gone era in the Old West. Paxton Signs designed and lettered the Frontier Gallery storefront window sign by using 23k gold leaf with matte centers, outlined with oil enamel lettering paint. We used enamel lettering paint for the window’s decorative elements and lower panel lettering. You can see the quality gold leaf lettering in the detail photos.

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Explore the world of collectible guns at Frontier Gallery, 208 S. Mason, Fort Collins, CO, on their website, http://frontiergalleryllc.com, or call them at, 970-484-4200.

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 for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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

The Tea Table

the tea table dimensional signThrowback Thursday: Welcome to the Tea Table!

The Tea Table is an online store that offers over 200 loose leaf teas, tea accessories, Bee House teapots, Tea of the Month Clubs, and great customer service.

The Tea Table started in 2000 as a walk-in retail shop where customers in Fort Collins, Colorado, could come to leisurely browse beautiful tea products. They could select from hundreds of loose-leaf teas. The Tea Table was the only shop of its kind in this area. The store developed an impressive following. After three years at the retail store, it became clear that The Tea Table’s products were in universal demand. Consequently, the decision was made to forgo the storefront and become an online-only store. Contact The Tea Table to explore the world of teas on their website at, https://www.theteatable.com/. Phone in your order at, Toll Free – 866-551-5520, Local – 970-221-5520.

How we made the Tea Table sign

Paxton Signs designed The Tea Table’s logo and sign using an Old English theme. It was a traditional approach for both their product identity and physical signage. The sign is sandblasted and dimensional, using layers of high-density urethane and hand-carved art elements. A prominent, hand-carved, gold-leafed teapot graces the center of the sign. It is especially eye-catching in sunlight. The black and green paint highlights the graphics and hand-carved elements. An elaborate iron hanging frame completes the traditional theme. The logo is pictured, below.the tea table logo

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 for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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

Kosher Bistro

the kosher bistro sign

Throwback Thursday: Kosher Bistro at CSU

The only kosher-certified eatery in Larimer County is inside CSU’s Parmelee dining hall. The Kosher Bistro follows strict dietary laws. It is open to students, staff and faculty, regardless of faith. There are only two such restaurants on college campuses in Colorado. Both are in Fort Collins and Boulder.

The Kosher Bistro employs a mashgiach. He is the chef and supervisor. He makes sure that all food brought into the bistro is kosher. Moreover, he certifies that the food is prepared under kosher dietary law. The deli offers homemade hamburgers, hot dogs, stews and salmon. Additionally, there is a variety of other meat dishes and sides. To meet demand, the Bistro is introducing signature kosher foods. These include, matzah ball soup, challah and falafel. The Kosher Bistro is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch. Dinner hours are 5 to 6:30 p.m. You can find them at, https://www.colostate.edu/

How we made the Kosher Bistro sign

Paxton Signs designed the directional sign for the Kosher Bistro. It is colorful, with a contemporary flair. We formed the entire sign from one piece of steel plate. Next, we water-jet cut the sign’s interior. Finally, we created the background with gray, loose-woven fabric, and glued it to the steel. The letters are brushed aluminum. We spray painted he sign’s colorful finish by using blending techniques.

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. In addition, we offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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

Spruce Lake RV Park

spruce lake rv park signThrowback Thursday! Spruce Lake RV Park – 1980s

Estes Park is home to a towering 1980’s, two-sided, Paxton sign. Still standing and holding its own, the Spruce Lake RV Park monument sign has weathered 39 years of high country outdoor conditions. Rain, sleet, snow, wind, ice and UV rays all take their toll in the high country. However, we built this sign to last decades. And it has. The Spruce Lake sign is located on the Mary’s Lake road, a left turn off of the main Estes Park road to Rocky Mountain National Park’s south entrance. Visit their website at, https://sprucelakerv.com/

How we made the Spruce Lake RV Park sign

The sign’s main panel measures 10′ x 8′. It’s constructed of wood and high-density urethane. Hand-carved letters and a hand-painted lake scene dominate the space. The “WELCOME” panel letters are hand-carved as well.

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. In addition, we offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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

East Elizabeth Monument Sign

east elizabeth monument sign

Throwback Thursday! East Elizabeth Monument Sign – 1980s

Today’s “Throwback Thursday” sign is the 1224 East Elizabeth monument sign. We designed and constructed it in the late 1980’s. It’s a complex, two-sided sign. The dimensional sign features hand-carved, gold-leafed letters, routed art elements, and sandblasted, redwood logo panels.

We stained the cedar siding background panel. Custom-cut, white wood trim finishes the design. Finally, we routed, hand-carved and gold-leafed the mahogany address panel. Two existing, moss rock stone piers contain the sign. In like manner, the moss rock corresponds with the stone used on the office building.

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. In addition, we offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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

Repeat Boutique Sign

repeat boutique sign

Featured Business: Repeat Boutique

Repeat Boutique is the city’s finest local consignment store. It sells high quality, re-purposed merchandise at affordable prices. The store has been locally owned and family operated since 1987.

Repeat Boutique was “green” before being green was hip. The boutique specializes in re-purposing, consigning and selling premium quality clothing in addition to accessories, estate, costume and fine jewelry, vintage clothing, home décor items and antiques. All items are affordable and carefully hand-picked, and all are in great condition and working order. Whether you’re buying or selling, you’ll love Repeat Boutique’s beautiful shop and its relaxing, friendly atmosphere.

repeat boutique detailHow we made the Repeat Boutique sign

Paxton Signs designed the boutique’s sign to reflect a bit of nostalgia. However, we focused on the store’s fine quality merchandise by incorporating shimmering, hand-carved, prismatic gold leaf letters set on a dark gray tile background. Black iron filigree conjures vintage latticework. The sign is incredibly durable because of the sturdy materials used to construct it. For example, tiles, iron latticework and the hand-crafted, gold leaf letters that will withstand Colorado’s changing seasons for decades.

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. In addition, we offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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

Quick Appliance

This week’s featured business: Quick Appliance

“Quick, efficient, superior quality appliance repair and sales services for major home and commercial appliances.”

The above quote is the Quick Appliance commitment to customers in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado. The enterprise is family-owned and provides in-home and carry-in repair service for all major appliance brands. They also offer sales services for those looking to purchase new or refurbished appliances. If you have an emergency, or just need technical support, Quick can help. They are so confident about their service that all of their work – labor and parts – carries a one-year guarantee. Quick fixes your appliance problems so you can get back to life.

quick appliance van photoPaxton Signs redesigns Quick Appliance fleet

Recently, Quick Appliance underwent an identity update. They changed their logo and overall marketing appearance. Paxton Signs contributed to the marketing refurbishment effort by re-designing Quick’s van fleet. The vans are highly visible, attractive and easy to read at a glance – the essence of good advertising design.

With great vehicle design and effective advertising and marketing decisions, Quick Appliance is a respected business leader in Northern Colorado and surrounding areas. Visit their website at, https://www.quickappliance.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. In addition, we offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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

Arenus Monument Sign

Arenus Monument Sign

Monument Signs make a strong statement

Arenus Animal Health of Fort Collins specializes in equine colic relief products, as well as a variety of other natural health supplements for dogs and horses. Their mission is to deliver exceptional products that ensure consistent quality and safe manufacturing processes. Because of their industrial park location, they needed a sign with strong, visual impact. However, the Arenus building is set back from the road and potential drive-by customers. The solution: An Arenus monument sign that would enhance their brand and curbside presence.

How we built the Arenus monument sign

Arenus Animal Health decided on a free-standing, 3.5′ x 6′ monument sign. It is both elegant and highly visible. Constructed of powder-coated black steel, it is finished with attractive brushed aluminum name panels. Further, the striking contrast between the black and silver sets the sign apart from others in the area. Finally, the monument sign base is built of solid concrete and finished with authentic stone veneer. The resulting monument sign has a strong presence and great curbside appeal.

You can explore Arenus’ site and learn more about their unique approach to animal health at http://arenus.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. In addition, we offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View more of Paxton Signs’  sign designs at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

View our 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