Renewing our entryway

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Blog entry by Don Butler posted 09-18-2010 04:33 PM 1772 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife owns and manages (with my humble assistance) a very nice knit shop. We try to keep the front entrance well maintained and inviting.
I turned a couple of old fashioned spiral columns to go with our 200 + year old building and we displayed a couple of street corner signs similar to the ones shown, but the street name parts were laminated printouts, not wood.
Well, they held up alright for a few years, but eventually they deteriorated.
These days I have a CarveWright machine and the street name panels are carved into .75” oak.
The names are carved .25” deep on each side, giving a double sided name plate with a .25” substrate between the two sides.
So now its even more evident that when clients arrive at our shop, they’re on the corner of KNIT & PURL!


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#1 posted 09-18-2010 05:54 PM

So cool, nice work.

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 06:09 PM

No way!!! And just as my wife was looking for some specific wool!
I love the sign! You’re definitely become a ‘graphic’ artist.


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#3 posted 09-18-2010 06:47 PM

Very nice Don, nice color choice.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 09-18-2010 07:49 PM

those look very nice…i would imagine this shop to be a warm and inviting place…even though i don’t do needle work i do love it…and find wool and other types of needle work to be inspiring..nice job on the signs…good luck to on your venture to become more talented with your carving…with Jordan as your guide…i assume we will be seeing something from you in the carving mode soon…grizzman

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#5 posted 09-18-2010 09:13 PM

looking great Don that entres is always something that people like nomatter if they are five or ninety
and how modern/hightec they are in all other aspeckts of life

thank´s for sharing

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#6 posted 09-18-2010 11:06 PM

What a beautiful entry to your shop! It is nice to see someone who values the importance of first impressions. There are many small shops around my area that are quite run-down looking and it is such a deterrent I would think for people to come in a browse. With the economy as it is, shop owners need to do all they can to make their establishments look warm and inviting. I loved seeing this. You did a great job!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 05:41 PM

Very nice, I remember making things for my wife’s shop as well. My wife had her knit shop in a small strip mall. It had a standard store front windows, so they always had displays there, and had a nice sign, the name was Knitting Frenzy. Sold it many years ago when her partner left town, she didn’t want to manage the employees alone, and didn’t trust getting a new partner. She had celtic music in the background, some nice couches for the customers to sit on while knitting, and well done decor. Also spinning and weaving supplies. It was a pleasant place even for me to visit, and it was a raging success from the day it opened. Between the ambience, teaching, and large inventory, it quickly became the dominant shop in town.

Those type of businesses are highly dependent on atmosphere and service. Your sign indicates that your patrons can expect to find a pleasant place to shop and learn.

In my small clinic (about 45 employees), we decided to be a high quality very personal niche organization, many years ago. We have refused to use automated phone answering, and have a pleasant operator helping our patients when they call. The little things make a difference.

I suppose all that stuff is really part of a business model, probably under marketing…................

In downtown Seattle right now, at the Sheraton for a conference. Off to Hawaii on Wednesday…....


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