Not so long ago, I lived in downtown Ottawa. This new burger shop had opened up just a couple blocks away. It became my favourite place in the area to grab a great burger. The food was delicious and the portions could feed an army. It was so great to be approached by BFF about designing signage for their new second location opening up on Dalhousie St. in the Byward Market. We wanted to keep it classic, fun and tasteful. The final design involved a herringbone style tiled look for the facade with solid dimensional lettering. We have a great US supplier for vintage industrial goosenecks lamps so this was a great opportunity to bring those in. We are currently working on an illuminated projecting sign to round out the whole design.
For the interior we built a neon sign in the shape of their logo and mounted on a round aluminum drum. We're looking forward to watching these guys grow.
We've always got something fun up our sleeve when it comes to Dominion City Brewing Co. in Ottawa. Our first project for them was a large circular sign made of reclaimed hemlock. We chiseled out their logo by hand. It was a great test of patience. More recently the brewery was undergoing a massive expansion and renovation of their bottle shop / tasting room. We wanted to use this opportunity to do something really fun. We came up with the idea of building a wall of preserved reindeer moss and mounting their new logo dead center on the wall.
We were commissioned by Wall Space Gallery & Framing to build and install this projecting, double sided, marquee sign for their Trainyards location in the east end of Ottawa. A project this size came with its share of challenges, but overall we think it one of our most successful builds and installations.
Milestones contacted us last year about doing some signage for their renovation plans at their Lansdowne location in Ottawa. Lansdowne has recently been rebuilt from the ground up and is now bursting with really well designed restaurants, we knew we had to bring our A game here. We designed an entrance sign around the M of the Milestones logo and added "Lansdowne" in white neon script.
When we saw what local chef and restauranteur Matt Carmichael was working on inside a historic building on Sparks St. in downtown Ottawa we knew it was going to be something special. We got connected about doing a sign for the building, and had a very similar vision for what would work on the building. By doing their logo in hot pink neon, it provided a perfectly balanced contrast with the stoic facade of the historic bank. This is definitely one of the most tasteful and finest establishments in Ottawa, we were so happy to be a part of it.
We have some really great clients and Gabriel Pizza is no exception. They were renovating one of their locations in the east end of Ottawa and wanted to commission us for a couple vintage inspired decor signs. They gave us free reign to come up with a one of a kind piece that would direct people from the pick up area into the main restaurant. We had a ton of fun building this sign. It was a combination of everything gaslight. Marquee style bulbs, neon, hand painted lettering with a vintage flare.
Kettleman's Bagel Co. was one of our very first commercial clients to commissioning a large scale sign from us. We designed a unique piece for their newly renovated location on Bank St. in downtown Ottawa. While it ended up getting somewhat tucked away under an awning we are extremely proud of it and think its work the trip in, they also have amazing Bagels and cream cheese. More recently we were brought back again to tackle an even larger project. A new location was opening up in College Square on the west side of town. Here, we built and installed a marquee style exterior sign. This was one of the most challenging jobs we've done. Marquee style signs come with a number of technical challenges, our here goal was to not have any visible conduit running between the letters or any use of a raceway behind the letters. It took a long time, but we did it right. We also built a marquee/neon sign for the interior in a similar design to our first sign at Bank St.