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The Briar Group, one of our long-term customers, was looking to open a new restaurant and bar featuring live music at Patriot’s Place in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  We were thrilled to be called on for this challenging new venture, Six String Grill & Stage. They requested production, design and installation services from us based on conceptual layouts. One wrinkle was that the original as-built building drawings were no longer available. However, we were able to collaborate with several of the original stakeholders to fully grasp the desired look and design specs. With a few engineering challenges and a short lead time,...

The Rise of Indoor LED

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Businesses from Hong Kong to Australia and beyond have embraced indoor LED technology. From its seamless look to its high performance in daylight, LED is changing minds among those who might have been resisting it as a fad or short-term trend. Among the most common reasons for pursuing LED screens are improved customer attraction and longevity of the equipment. Today’s LED solutions support retailers’ ads, video content, and more.


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  Wander the streets of Hong Kong and you’ll see LED has a life of its own.  It’s “plastered on walls, floors and automobiles, with whispers that it will soon legitimately replace some building materials.” (D.Hayne). Its explosion has meant the design and delivery of a more refined and qualit…

The Benefits of Signage Infographic

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Your small business sign is much more than an indication of where your business is located. A sign actually gives you one of the biggest bangs for your advertising buck. It helps you gain an identity as well as new clients, which in turn adds to your bottom line. Did you know a recent survey found 35% of passersby wouldn’t have known about a business without a sign? Studies also show your signage is more effective at keeping your business top of mind with consumers than TV or radio advertising. Delve into this and other interesting statistics with a revealing infographic on the benefits of signs.


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The benefits of signage are endless, but here are a few sign statistics we found interesting.

Lessons in Middle School Remodeling

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In 1989, the Quincy public school system made the “honor roll”. That’s when the broad, horseshoe-shaped brick home of South-West Junior High joined the National Register of Historic Places.  The classical revival trio of two-story pavilions at 444 Granite Street, designed by Shephard & Stearns architects in 1927, has since been a source of preservation pride for this southeastern Boston suburb. Today, the venerated building has a new name and a new look. And Metro Sign & Awning was able to contribute to the Reay E. Sterling Middle School’s modern revival. Metro Sign & Awning gets an A+ for bringing...

The Writing’s On the Wall

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Bette Davis once said, “I’d luv ta kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.” The tough-talking, Academy Award-winning actress was born at 22 Chester Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. As one of the oldest cities in the Commonwealth, Lowell has been home to many notable and quotable people not only in entertainment but politics, military, law, academics, sports, science, arts and literature. That’s why it was only fitting that Thorndike Exchange in historic downtown Lowell take motivational quotes from famous past residents as a starting point for their interior and exterior signage.   A Sal Lupoli residential project, Thorndike Exchange...

If You’re Reading This Sign, Customer Experience Is Happening

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Simple everyday signage communicates your brand to customers as much as any formal signage does. It’s important to keep in mind how a little friendliness and candor can go a long way to helping a business stand out. And these memorable interactions don’t have to be limited to printed signs. Boost your customer engagement with memorable messaging across platforms through friendlier and warmer language or approach.


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What does the signage in and around your place of business say about your company? More and more, companies are using printed signs to show off their brand’s unique personality.

How to Navigate a Wayfinding Redesign

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Wayfinding redesign projects benefit from designated leaders, established standards, and experience-based user feedback on proposed solutions. A building’s redesign can be a cornerstone of wayfinding. Design elements that facilitate wayfinding can include lighting, color, functional pathways, and even acoustics. By considering the building and its users together, a wayfinding redesign can be intuitive and effective.


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Too many building owners overlook wayfinding when renovating an office or interior space. Find out why you should consider signage, color, lighting and other elements to direct occupants around the new space.

The Benefits of ACRYLITE® for Outdoor Signage

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ACRYLITE® LED Signs Light Up Your Business Success ACRYLITE® acrylic by Evonik Industries is a truly innovative improvement on the traditional polycarbonate, aka acrylic, structural material. It’s the preferred modern choice of architects, designers, engineers and fabricators of indoor and outdoor signage. The lightweight, rigid yet malleable material performs equally well with LED, fluorescent, incandescent and neon light sources. ACRYLITE® acrylic has many superior characteristics: Outstanding weather endurance Flexible and easy to form Colorfast for no fading   Easy installation High optical quality Extended life Lower operating cost Recyclable Impact resistance and stability Energy efficiency Here’s a brief introduction to...

Waltham Music Hall

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Face the former Waltham Music Hall, stare up at the facade and you can almost hear the plinking of a piano, the tapping of shoes and the rustling of costumes. The roaring twenties brought the raucous acts of vaudeville right here in Waltham on Elm Street long, long ago. Built in 1879, the grand hall is on the National Register of Historic Places in New England. Literary greats like Mark Twain, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry Ward Beecher all lectured here. The Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic filled the 1,000 seat theatre with booming concert music. A great...

Questions to Ask a Potential Sign Partner

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There is a lot more that goes into signage than most people realize. Before hiring a sign partner, there are imperative questions to ask. You will want to know what types of signage are available for your particular needs and what services are offered. Time frame, recommendations, experience and maintenance are also important to know.


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How can a sign company help a business? Most sign companies will be able to handle all of the tasks below, though some smaller companies may specialize in one or two of these. In that case, they likely will be able to recommend a team to complete all of the remaining tasks. Design If you don’t have a logo and font yet, a sign company’s design artists may be able to create them for you.

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