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Picking The Best Pop Up Banner For Your Brand

By | Banners

Pop Up Banners have come a long way from being painted on a chunk of canvas. And we’re well beyond the kind you make in a word processor and tape together at the office. Large format printing and new materials make it easy to give your brand some polish. Do you want to make an impression in a snap? Let’s look at what you can do with a retractable banner.

The basics: Retractable banners are designed to be portable. The banner part neatly wraps up and is protected in the case which makes for easy storage. This tool is essential for brands that travel to trade shows and need to make the most of packing space. If you happen to damage the banner or decide it’s time for a change the look to keep current – we can update the graphic.

The sizes: We have a banner size for what you need. The base is about three feet wide with the printed banner itself being about 32 inches wide. Heights available are 4, 6, and 8 feet tall. Still need to go bigger? It can be done!

The options:

 Vesta uses a table top banner to showcase sponsors for an event.  Vesta uses a table top banner to showcase sponsors for an event.

Table top – This size is great for seasonal promotions in a reception area. The table top banner also works well for smaller trade show setups when you need to be economical with space.

 The pop of color and bold design helps Salsbury & Co get noticed.  The pop of color and bold design helps Salsbury & Co get noticed.

Single – One banner to rule them all. This option makes a splash and shows off your brand. Sitting at a table? A six foot banner makes a great backdrop so attendees know who you are and serves as a visual introduction before you even greet them.

 The Sonder Project uses a trio to share their message.  The Sonder Project uses a trio to share their message.

Multiple – A trio of banners can be split up for a more flexible display approach. Each banner has its own purpose and creates an eye-catching look. Multiple banners can be used to fill space and show off your message.

Need something a bit more? We can make that happen. There’s plenty of dynamic shapes and materials to help you pop in a snap. Talk to the team at Speciality Graphic Solutions for a free quote. You can email us at hello@sgsgraphic.com or call us at 360-635-5556. You can also click the nifty button below to get in touch.

Don’t Settle for Boring Banners, Make them Mighty

By | Banners

You might be tempted to get a banner for your event at a party store. Generic banners are exactly that: generic. They’ll never get you the attention you need at an event or anywhere else. Do not settle for seriously boring banners.  Make sure they make a mighty impression with special event banners by the Mighty Sign Makers. Our banners are made specifically for you. Why be boring when you can show what makes your business unique?

The Standard

Banners have been the go-to signage for displaying special messages to your clients for a long time. They’re the perfect signage option for summer sales, special events, expansion announcements, or just to say welcome. With all of the possible reasons to use a banner, don’t use one that doesn’t represent you and your brand.

Customize, Get Recognized

The thing about a non-descript, generic banner is that when you buy it, you get exactly what you paid for. Your banner will say nothing about your business aside from whatever you managed to find that approximates the message you wanted to display. With banners by the Mighty Sign Makers at SGS, you get awesome signage with your brand and the exact message you want. That means that your banner can mesh seamlessly with the rest of your branding, from color to font.

Because they can be branded, you can make sure that your sign is doing more for your business than advertising a sale. With a branded banner, you are increasing your brand exposure and the recognition you’ll receive from the sale you’re promoting. We can even match the exact color you need with our Eye-One color management system.

Material Perfection

The material that is used for a banner is important to you and to us. The material determines a lot about your signage, including the longevity of your sign. Cheap material means a shorter lifespan. Our signs are made to last so you can use them every year. We can make your banner out of mesh, so the wind doesn’t ruin, tear and pull down your mighty display. And if you want an environmentally-friendly option for event signage, we even offer banners made completely from recycled plastic bottles.

Mighty Banners get You Noticed

If you need a banner, you’re looking to celebrate or sell. Don’t use some boring, store-bought banner that will fade and tear and clash with your image. The Mighty Sign Makers can make you a banner that fits your needs and can be used for years, time and again. Don’t settle, make your banner mighty with Specialty Graphic Solutions.

Best Types of Double-Sided Signs in Vancouver WA

By | Banners, Post and Panel Signs, Sidewalk Signs | No Comments

We like to go for walks. One reason we walk is because we’re competing with each other for Fitbit supremacy. We also like to catch all of the Pokémon, but for the most part, Vancouver is just a beautiful city to walk around in.

Being in the biz, we can’t help but look at signs as we meander. Occasionally, we happen down one-way streets going against traffic and are surprised to notice how many signs are one-sided. Motorists are able to see these businesses’ messages (provided they’re not going the wrong way), but pedestrians going the opposite direction can’t.

To us, this sure seems like a wasted opportunity to market to people on foot. This is why we’re going to talk to you today about the best double-sided signs in Vancouver, WA. Strap on your best walking shoes and come along!

Get’em Coming and Going with Double-Sided Banners or Flags!

As with most flat objects, banners and flags have two sides. You may not realize this because many organizations like to hang their banners on a wall where you can only see one side. That’s an okay option if you’re willing to accept your workers doing only half of the work they’re capable of. Though, when you think about it that way, it doesn’t sound too appealing, does it?

We can digitally print whatever graphics you want on both sides of your hanging banner, or we can apply cut vinyl letters, numbers, and logos. Double-sided banners work great in hallways, between trees, and over roadways. For exterior uses, we create banners with holes in them that allow the wind to pass through without destroying your investment.

Get in the Way with Sidewalk / A-Frame Signs

Often times when we’re on our walks, we trip over A-frame signs when we’re too busy looking at the building signs. This forces us to read what’s on these sidewalk signs. These markers naturally have two sides that are viewable. They can incorporate whiteboards or blackboards, or A-frames can be designed to accommodate inserts that you print off on your office printer. If your office printer doesn’t work and is just gathering dust, we’re more than happy to provide you with professional inserts.

The Many Sides of Post and Panel Signs

Yeah, having two sides to your signage is nice, and most post and panel sign systems stop there, but due to the nature of these markers, your post and panel sign can have as many sides as you want. Two sides are great for primary identification and wayfinding purposes. However, we get lots of requests for three-post, three-panel signs that identify construction projects. These are visible from all directions and can feature architectural renderings of what the finished building will look like.

This is just the beginning when it comes to double-sided signs in Vancouver, WA. We didn’t even have time to get into blade signs and lightbox cabinets. But, if you call the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions, we’ll come up with options that are specifically tailored to your business and venue. For a free consultation, contact us today!

Need Step and Repeat Banners in Vancouver WA?

By | Banners, Event Banners, Event Signs and Graphics | No Comments

Sure, we all want to be big, big stars. And, rather than watching the stars walk the red carpet. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could be the star stopping to have your picture taken? Well, not everyone can be Gary Busey or Steve Buscemi or Whoopi Goldberg, but you can make the attendees at your next big event feel like they’re getting the star treatment while blasting your branding all over Facebook with step and repeat banners in Vancouver, WA.

Lather, Rinse, Step, and Repeat

Sometimes referred to as press walls or step and repeat walls, step and repeat banners are printed with repeating patterns, such as brand logos, and serve as publicity backdrops for event photography. When the photographs are published on Instagram or Snapchat or in the society section of the newspaper, everyone is exposed to the branding, and they think, “Wow! Company A is pretty hip! I should give them my business!”

Most people when they think of this banner option envision movie premieres or other world-famous events, but we’re going to let you in on a little secret. We’re really not supposed to tell you this, and Hollywood is going to be pretty upset, but ANY business or individual can put these banners to use for their events. In fact, they’re so cost-effective that they should be part of every organization’s marketing and social media strategies.

We Are Living in a Material World

Step and repeat banners can be made from a variety of materials, including canvas, fabric, and poster paper. But, the Best Step and Repeat Banner Material in a Starring Role goes to vinyl. Vinyl takes the top award because it’s heavy duty, so you can use it year after year. We are also able to print vibrant, bright graphics on vinyl films using our state of the art large format digital printer.

The vinyl can be applied to standard trade show display frames, hung from the ceiling or a wall, or applied to a hard substrate, like foamcore or plywood. We can even supply you with a red carpet to really make people think your guests are rubbing elbows with the Clooneys and Swanks of the world.

“I Don’t Premiere Movies! When Am I Going to Need Step and Repeat Banners?!?”

Sure, Hollywood and fashion designers aren’t exactly flocking to Vancouver for their premieres and fashion shows, but these aren’t the only places where press walls are used. Consider these events:

  • Weddings
  • Annual Events
  • Family Reunions
  • Product Launches  
  • Fundraising Galas

These are just some of the events where you can use step and repeat banners in Vancouver, WA. You can probably think of other opportunities to use these markers, but be careful! Your branding might end up all over social media, which will cause your phone to ring off the hook. And, Hollywood will know that we’ve let the cat out of the bag with this branding solution.

If you’re ready to take advantage of step and repeat banners, contact the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions today for a free quote!

Event Signs and Graphics for Fall Festivals in Vancouver WA

By | Banners, Event Signs and Graphics, Pull Up Banners | No Comments

It’s too warm and sunny to think about fall, right? Well, not to be a Debby Downer, but the rain will be back eventually. We still have plenty of great weather ahead, but it doesn’t hurt businesses to prepare for the many fall events in Vancouver. Each fall, there are dozens of festivals and other events in the area, and when you take part in these, you really increase your company’s exposure. Thankfully, Specialty Graphic Solutions is here to help you build your brand awareness with signs and graphics for fall festivals in Vancouver, WA.

Table Throws

No, table throws aren’t the hottest new festival game to hit the Pacific Northwest. They fabric covers that provide a smart way for you to market your brand while camouflaging ugly brown tables and hiding the boxes you use to carry your marketing materials. We add custom colors and prints to the throws to get your message across. They’re essentially the Dude’s rug of event graphics: they’ll really tie your booth together.

Canopy Tents

Outdoor events in the fall in Vancouver are like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get…when it comes to the weather. You might get a lot of rain, or summer may not want to give up, and the sun’s rays could be beating down. You don’t have to worry about either of these scenarios when you have a canopy tent. The easy to assemble and transport tents are typically ten feet by ten feet, which will comfortably protect five people from Mother Nature’s rage.


In Historic Downtown Camas, you can expect plenty of foot traffic during the Annual Pumpkin Pageant. Vancouver businesses along Main Street get a lot of patrons during the Drink This! event. How can you get the attention of these consumers? You could try landmines, but that’s not the kind of attention you want. We recommend A-frame sidewalk signs. They get right in the way of pedestrians and force them to read your marketing message.


Every year, dozens of groups participate in the Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver. Show your support for our veterans and troops by displaying a banner thanking them for their service whether you’re part of the parade or not.

Retractable banner stands are popular for booths at fall festivals. They’re easy for one person to set up, and they provide an attractive display solution. They’re even more helpful when you use the stand to display a banner!


Whether you’re exhibiting at an event or the event is coming to you, feather flags do an excellent job of catching the eyes of everyone around. We can customize the flag to feature your unique branding, or the flag can simply spell out your best-selling products or services.

This is just a taste of what we can do to help your organization stand out at any event. If you wanna learn more about custom signs and graphics for fall festivals in Vancouver, WA, give the mighty sign makers at SGS a call today for a free consultation.

Weaves of Green: What We do with Recycled Banner Stock!

By | Banners, Recycled Banners, Weaves of Green Banners

Update – Unfortunately recycled banner stock is no longer available.  (Frown face emoji)  We continue to search and hope to find some soon. 

Today’s consumers are savvy about how they use their resources. Many of us prefer to support businesses that are committed to green practices. As business owners, this often means hunting around for environmentally-friendly solutions. Methow Cycle & Sport believes in making America green again, so they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions because they know what we do with recycled banner stock in Vancouver, WA.

Methow Cycle Likes Cycling so Much that They Recycle

Located on State Route 20 in Winthrop, WA, a small town in the beautiful Methow Valley near the Canadian border, Methow Cycle & Sport has been sharing their love for cycling for about a decade now. The bike shop was started by Joe and Julie after they quit their day jobs to follow their true love. Today, they offer bikes, rentals, repairs, gear, and they even host regular events, including improving local trails for mountain biking excursions.

When an organization that’s so dedicated to promoting a mode of transportation that keeps Mother Nature green came to us for recycled banners in Vancouver, WA, we popped a metaphorical wheelie in joy to be of some assistance. As an earth-conscious company, they wanted signage that was in line with their ideals. They knew they could count on SGS because we’ve supplied them with banners made of recycled materials a couple times in the last two years. We didn’t let them down!

Mean Green Banner Machines

When we first met with Methow Cycle’s graphic design company – EVRYBDY, we listened closely to what they had in mind for their project. This also gave us a feel for their company culture. Knowing your company’s culture is crucial to us understanding what signage materials and designs are best for your purposes. We knew the Weaves of Green Act II material would be ideal for their purposes. They agreed.

A Closer Look at Weaves of Green

Mighty sign makers always want to do the right thing, so when we heard about a new banner stock that’s made of recycled plastic drink bottles, we were on board! Weaves of Green Act II is a printable banner material that really is a green alternative. Here are some benefits:

  • Made of 100 percent recycled polyester fibers from recycled plastic drink bottles
  • 7.5-ounce print stock with a canvas like texture
  • Can be used outdoors and in
  • In addition to using pole pockets, these banners can also have grommets like more traditional banners
  • When you’re done with your banner, return it to SGS, and we’ll see that they’re recycled and reused in a FabRecycle Program

If you want banners that promote environmental consciousness as much as they promote your business, contact SGS today for a free consultation on Weave of Green banners. Your grandchildren will thank you.

Do You Have These Retail Store Signs in Portland?

By | A-Frame Signs, Banners, Point of Purchase Signs, Sidewalk Signs | No Comments

There are stores and restaurants in Portland that don’t have any identifying markings. They instead rely on word-of-mouth and online publicity. And, even then, they need to have extraordinary products and services to keep people coming back. This might work if you’re trying to market to hipsters, but these enterprises are the exception rather than the rule because they’re essentially missing out on attracting foot traffic and building their brand in favor of creating a mystique that generally fades in time.

On the other hand, you stand out in a crowded marketplace when you put retail store signs in Portland, Oregon to work for you. Fortunately, Specialty Graphic Solutions has markers that will attract your target audience, even if it’s hipsters.

A-Frame Sidewalk Signs

A-frame sidewalk signs are the land mines in retail war. They’re what you’re trying to get consumers to run into and take notice of. We recommend putting these in any areas that get a lot of foot traffic. These signs are ideal for displaying your store’s name, logo, and colors to boost your brand awareness. You can also use them to list your products and services. Bars and restaurants use these signs to promote their daily specials.

Swooper Flags

Swooper flags are great for catching the eye and bringing attention to your storefront. The wind from passing cars or the many Pacific Northwest storms keep your message flapping. And, the flags can be quite tall, so they’re visible from great distances. Swooper flags are the perfect way to promote annual sales events. And, we can provide you with a number of different fabric flags to install on the tip-proof post. For instance, when it is near the holiday season, one of our clients likes to use a flag to promote their gift wrapping services.

Exterior Hanging Banners

From the moment the ink dries on your lease, you can start putting hanging banners to work for you. In fact, you don’t even have to wait for the ink to dry. Just have your “Coming Soon” banner with your custom branding ready to display at your venue before you even go to fill out the paperwork! And, down the road, we can update your banner with specifics, like your grand opening date. Hanging banners are also useful for promoting your secondary services, such as online sales, catering, or chainsaw juggling.

Menu Board Signs

The word “menu” is forever associated with food. And, menu board signs are a popular solution for restaurants, but dining establishments aren’t the only ones benefitting from these markers. Hair and nail salons use menu boards to list their services and prices. One of our clients offers mail room services, and they make great use of menu boards to list what they can do along with how much they charge. And, as prices change, we can sneak in like ninjas and update the signage.

If you’re finding that your sign-free business plan is no longer attracting the clientele you’re seeking, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS for judgement-free help outfitting your venue with essential retail store signs in Portland, Oregon.

Retractable Banner Stands: Not Just for Trade Shows!

By | Banners, Pull Up Banners, Retractable Banner Stands | No Comments

For the most part, companies only dust off their retractable banner stands when trade show season comes along. Once their convention is over, the banners are tossed back into a closet and forgotten about until Seth in marketing has another event. At Specialty Graphic Solutions, we believe in unlocking retractable banner stands from their storage prisons and letting them market all year round. After all, we’re all about responsibly-raised everything in the Pacific Northwest, why not use free-range retractable banner stands?

To help you learn more about how to best utilize retractable banner stands in Vancouver, WA, we put together this little guide. Here are some of the best uses:

Retail Marketing

We have discussed the benefits of using a variety of wall signs in retail stores to promote particular departments or seasonal lines. However, you may not have space on your walls. When you need something small and temporary or your lease doesn’t allow you to install more signs, a retractable banner stand will save the day. It’s the perfect way to promote your new gluten-free product line.

Welcome Signs

A welcome sign displayed in your reception area is the ideal way to put your banner stand to work for you. Guests will see the stands each time they enter your lobby. In addition, without spending an arm and a leg on something permanent, you add a colorful splash to your interior design. And, you can change out the banner as your décor changes or if you just get tired of the artwork. It sure beats redecorating your entire office!


Retractable banner stands don’t always have to be front row center. They also work behind your receptionist’s desk as a backdrop. This is just another trick to spiff up the décor in your lobby area.

POS Displays

No, POS doesn’t stand for “piece of #$%&.” These are “point of sale” or “point of purchase” displays that allow retail marketers to attraction attention to specific products or services. You can highlight some of the special benefits and features of your wares to people waiting in line. When consumers come to your store, they’re usually in a buying mood. Help focus their buying energies with retractable banner stands.

Informational Panels

Nobody wants to stand there and read a plain panel with a wall of text. With simple to understand banner stands with flashy graphics, you’ll catch the eyes of more people. You find retractable banner stands used as informational panels in a diverse array of venues including sports arenas, museums, airports, and office buildings.

These are just a few of the clever ways our clients take advantage of the benefits of retractable banner stands. If you have other ideas in mind, please share them with us!

Our mighty sign makers would love to help you make your ideas a reality. If you’d like more information about using banners for trade show as well as non-trade show purposes, please contact SGS today for a free consultation on retractable banner stands in Vancouver, WA.

Rebranding Signage for a Senior Living Community in Vancouver WA

By | Banners, Rebranding Signs

Do you have an older relative that has worn the same style clothing since the ‘70s? It kind of makes you think they’re stuck in the past, doesn’t it? Well, the same goes for branding. Vancouver Pointe Senior Village likes to keep things fresh, so when they rebranded recently, they contacted the freshest sign shop in town, Specialty Graphic Solutions, for rebranding signs for senior living communities in Vancouver, WA.

Vancouver Pointe Senior Village Celebrates the Art of Life

Located on Northeast 66th Avenue near Vancouver Mall, Vancouver Pointe Senior Village, formerly Vancouver Village, prides itself on not being a “rest home” or an “institution.” They provide their residents with independent lifestyles in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. They take care of maintenance, meal planning, housekeeping, home repair, and other daily concerns so residents can spend more time visiting with friends, enjoying social opportunities, skateboarding, BMX biking, or doing whatever their hearts desire.

When an organization that does so much to improve the quality of life of local golden agers came to us for rebranding signage for Vancouver, WA, we wasted no time in lending a hand. We did A LOT of work for them, and none of us are getting any younger, so let’s get into the specifics:

On-Point Signage for Vancouver Pointe

During our initial meeting with the client, we learned about the rebranding and name change. We performed a site survey and checked out all of their branded signage. They wanted us to update all of it with their new look. Here’s what we did:

Panel Sign – At the back of the community, there’s a concrete wall that’s next to Andersen Road, a major traffic artery. They wanted to advertise to all of the motorists and passengers driving by. For this, we used a rust-resistant aluminum composite sign panel with full-color digital print. We then added a special anti-graffiti laminate to make clean up easier if and when scofflaws have their way with it. We mounted the sign directly to the formed concrete wall.

Temporary Monument Sign Face – Vancouver Pointe was still on the fence about what to put on their monument, so as a temporary solution, we installed a digitally-printed PVC sign panel featuring their new branding directly on the face of the existing concrete monument sign.

Banners – We added two large 5’-by-18’ banners at the covered entrance to Vancouver Pointe. These will be up for the new few months to help folks find them and to welcome new visitors.

Sandwich Board Signs – Lastly, we also updated the names and logos on several sandwich board signs that are used to direct visitors to the community for daily tours.

In the end, Vancouver Pointe was completely satisfied with the work we did. In fact, we’re currently in talks with them for new graphics for the community’s town car and shuttle bus. Plus, we’ll be working on the new monument sign as soon as the plans are finalized!

As you rebrand, don’t forget your signage! Contact the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions today for a free consultation on rebranding signs!

Opening a New Business in Vancouver WA? What Signs Do You Need?

By | Banners, Lobby Signs, Window Graphics | No Comments

Have you ever heard of the term “hang out a shingle”? It has become synonymous with starting a new business. Presumably, it got its origins because one could conceivably just put a little sign out front of their home or brick-and-mortar establishment and business would flood in. Sounds a little far-fetched, doesn’t it?

These days, all the shingles in the world will put a roof over your head, but you need more than that to get clients to knock on your door. In fact, clients should be able to just walk in without knocking, but that’s for a different blog. Today, we’re going to explore the best new business signs for Vancouver, WA.

Lobby Signs

What’s the first thing customers see when they enter your place of business? Is it someone’s eyes peeking over a tall counter? Is it rows upon rows of chairs? Is it a “Caution Wet Floor” sign? None of these are all that helpful. If you want to impress consumers, let them know they have found the right place, and build your new brand, you need reception area signs. We have these in a variety of flavors, including metal, acrylic, PVC, and sign foam. We don’t recommend eating them, though.

Window Graphics

There are a lot of things that window graphics and lettering can do for your storefront. With the right graphics, you can actually enter consumers’ minds and influence their buying decisions. You might expect to spend millions of dollars on this type of technology, and we wouldn’t stop you, but you can really achieve this effect for much less. Window graphics are excellent for highlighting photos of your best-selling products and services. You can also publicize your grand opening date and special sales.

Menu Boards

If you run a restaurant where patrons come up to the counter to order, you can save a lot of time and trouble by having a large, easy-to-read menu board above head-level behind your counter. This is also helpful in other service-oriented establishments, such as hair salons, spas, and even repair shops. We recommend grouping your items into intuitive groups. For example, a Mexican restaurant would have burritos in one section, tacos in another, and beverages elsewhere. We can even incorporate images of your top items.

Flags and Banners

Once you sign that lease, we recommend you immediately head over to our shop on Northeast 13th Avenue to get a flag or banner announcing that you’re coming soon to your new location. Don’t worry if you don’t have a grand opening date set yet. When you do have that date, you can always bring your banner or flag back to us, and we’ll update it with your grand opening information. In the meantime, you can get a buzz going about your enterprise.

With these markers, you’ll be well on your way to building up a sustainable clientele at an affordable price. Are you unsure about what you need for your new venue? Are you feeling a little bit overwhelmed? Let the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions take care of the stress of finding signs for new businesses in Vancouver, WA. For a free consultation, give us a call today!