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Rain or Shine – Window Graphics That Pop in Portland

By | Window Graphics

Bikes are serious business. Especially in Portland, Oregon a city that is rated as being the best in the nation as bicycle friendly town. Roughly 7% of Portlanders commute to work via bike compare to the national average of just .5%. (Check out even more nifty facts here.) Henry James Bicycles knows how serious the biking business is and got in touch with us to create multipurpose window graphics at their busy shop. For Henry James, the window graphics were going to create a half wall, be an entrance sign, and create a sense of privacy for their business. Their roll up glass door had some panes they wanted to fill in with some opaque panels, but they still wanted a nice and unique look to grab the eyes of people passing by. They also wanted to put graphics on their door as well. Our team got out the tape measures and took the dimensions of all the glass panels we would be putting graphics on. For the roll up door, Jason our design wizard then took a photographic image carefully cut it up into nine rectangles to be sure everything looked smoother and not distorted because of the window frames. It took a careful eye because there were two different sizes for the panes but all together the look is flawless. Window framing adds to the look of these awesome graphics. The door also features the address in a nice crisp font that is easily readable from the street. We printed this out on an opaque grey backed vinyl and added a UV coating so it could stand up to the elements even better. The SGS team loves the grey-backed vinyl because it does a great job to filter out some and create privacy as well. So Henry James…

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We Can Help with Window Graphics and Frosting in Vancouver WA

By | Frosted Vinyl Windows, Window Graphics

If window graphics were to choose a song to sing at a local karaoke bar, they’d probably go with “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Sure, we all know that window graphics prefer soul music, but they’d mostly choose the song because you really ought to know about window graphics by now. We’re not giving up hope, though. We think you can still know about them. That’s why we wrote today’s blog about window graphics and frosting in Vancouver, WA. Window Graphics: Getting Back to the Basics At their most basic, window graphics – also referred to as window wraps, decals, lettering, and stickers – consist of images and text printed on top-quality vinyl using our state of the art digital printer. There are a number of variations on this theme. For instance, window cling has a low-tack adhesive that makes it repositionable and removable. And, perforated window vinyl consists of thousands of tiny holes that allow you to see through the vinyl without having to send away for those cool X-ray specs. If you think that window graphics are only able to display your business name, we sincerely hope you have someone else doing the creative thinking for your organization. They’re regularly the first chance you have to educate, market, and inform consumers about what you have for sale. Where My Math Nerds at? Let’s take a moment to look at the numbers. FedEx recently conducted a study where they found that more than three-quarters of consumers have gone into a store they’d never visited before because they had sweet window graphics, banners, or signs that grabbed their attention. The same study also revealed the dark side of poor signage. In fact, 52 percent of shoppers who spot a poorly-made or…

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What Can You Do with Frosted Vinyl Window Graphics in Vancouver WA?

By | Frosted Vinyl Windows, Window Graphics

This blog entry would be a lot shorter if the question was “What can’t you do with frosted vinyl window graphics in Vancouver, WA?” About the only thing we’ve been able to come up with is that frosted vinyl window graphics probably can’t get Brad and Angelina back together, no matter how hard we try. But enough about the important current events, how much would you pay a professional glass etcher to etch your glass if a professional glass etcher could etch glass? This isn’t a quaint riddle when you’re shelling out thousands of dollars for that distinguished look. Fortunately, the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions have a tool up their sleeves that can give you this look at a fraction of the cost of bringing in a glass worker. What Are Frosted Vinyl Window Graphics? Also referred to as etched vinyl, frosted vinyl window graphics are basically a hot new vinyl film that’s designed to mimic etched glass. This adhesive film is designed to work on glass doors, windows, mirrors, and more. While you may already be excited and calling us up for this vinyl, please let us finish. You may be interested in knowing that we can even incorporate your branding into these graphics using our precise plotter. Uses for Frosted Vinyl Window Graphics For those of you who have no clue why anyone would ever want frosted vinyl, we’ve put together these useful ideas: Hide Your Dirty Secrets Okay, so you don’t need to have dirty secrets to want a little privacy. With the ever increasing popularity of floor-to-ceiling glass panes surrounding meeting rooms, it can be a bit distracting trying to meet with a client while nosy Nellies are looking in through the windows to see what’s going on. Sure, it’s nice to get…

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Exterior Signs and Window Graphics for Restaurants in Camas WA

By | Building Signs, Exterior Signs, Window Graphics

There are some restaurants that can survive without any signage. In fact, we’ve dined at one in that big rosy city to the south of us. We only learned about them from word of mouth and only because their food is relatively inexpensive and delectable. This mystique works for some eateries. However, for the vast majority of establishments, signs are a key marketing tool. Despite featuring mouthwatering dishes that can speak for themselves, Feast at 316 decided to take the unpretentious, decidedly less hipster route of using signage to promote their business. So, they called in the mighty sign makers from Specialty Graphics Solutions for exterior acrylic signs for restaurants in Camas, WA. What Is Feast at 316? You may like the idea of feasting at 3:16 in the morning or afternoon, but that isn’t what the name Feast at 316 is referring to. Instead, the name is a reference to their location at 316 Northeast Dallas Street in downtown Camas. Owner and chef Tim McCusker serves up delicious seafood, steaks, craft cocktails, and wines. This fine eatery is also known for its historic décor. The walls are adorned with machines from the city’s 132-year-old paper mill. There’s also a small row of seats from Liberty Theater, which burned down in 1994. When such an awesome new local business came to us for exterior signs and window graphics for restaurants in Camas, WA, we were chomping at the bit to get started. We had previously completed window graphics and a massive banner for them. This thing was huge: 230” wide (that’s almost twenty feet) by 81” high. The moral of the story is that Feast at 316 knew they could count on us to season their new exterior signage perfectly. What We Did for Feast at 316? After a consultation…

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

By | Banners, Lobby Signs, Window Graphics

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…

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Woodland Family Medicine Welcomes with Window Graphics!

By | Door Graphics, Window Graphics

In 1996, Congress passed HIPAA. This act basically makes it illegal for anyone to share your health information without your consent. So, if you go to the doctor to have a third eyeball removed from your back, they can’t sell pictures of the anomaly to the National Enquirer. Part of protecting patients’ privacy is making it so people can’t look into your medical office and see who’s there. Woodland Family Medicine respects the privacy of their patients, so they called Specialty Graphic Solutions for window graphics for physician offices in Woodland, WA. What’s Woodland Family Medicine? Do They Take Care of Animals? If you go with the scientific definition of “animal,” then, yes, they do take care of animals…of the human variety. But, the Woodland in their name refers to the delightful town to our north. Woodland Family Medicine is the new second location of Ridgefield Family Medicine, a family medicine practice that was started by Dr. Josephine E. Drew and her colleagues over a decade ago. Today, they focus on providing personalized well-child checks, same-day appointments for urgent care, preventative care, minor surgeries, and much more. When an enterprise that does so much to keep local residents healthy, happy, and productive came to us for window graphics for doctor’s offices in Woodland, WA, we didn’t think twice about helping. Their new location has giant storefront windows. For retailers, this would be great, but when you want to protect the privacy of patients, it’s a nightmare. Fortunately, our mighty sign makers knew just what to do. How We Helped Our Woodland Friends During an initial consultation, we got a good look at the new practice venue and listened to the client’s goals for the project. Essentially, they wanted window graphics that would give some privacy and a professional look to…

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9 Bar Espresso Uses Door and Window Graphics to Market and Advertise!

By | Door Graphics, Window Graphics

Exterior signage for your new venue will cost thousands of dollars, right? It’s best to just pass on the signage and hope people accidentally wander into your storefront. Or, maybe you shouldn’t open a brick and mortar store after all? WAIT! Don’t give up on your dreams just yet! Specialty Graphic Solutions has affordable solutions for you. 9 Bar Espresso recently found this out when they contacted us for window and door graphics. 9 Bar Espresso? That’s Some Pretty Good Wi-Fi! No, the “bar” referred to in 9 Bar Espresso’s name doesn’t refer to the number of bars of a Wi-Fi signal. Instead, the name refers to the optimal pressure used to extract espresso. 9 bar is equal to a pressure of 130.5 psi. They are a coffee roaster based in Vancouver that is family owned and operated. They offer medium and dark roasts, decaffeinated espresso, single origin beans, and more. Currently, their coffee is served locally at Di Tazza and Bleu Door Bakery in Vancouver and Squeeze & Grind in Camas. At SGS, we have a hard time passing up a good cup o’ joe. So, when a coffee roaster came to us for window and door graphics for coffee companies in Vancouver, WA, we said of course and asked for a double mocha. 9 Bar Espresso recently moved into a new store location on Northeast 121st Street. They needed a way to let the new neighborhood know who they are. We had just the solution. What We Did for 9 Bar After an initial rap session, where we met with 9 Bar and bounced ideas of what we could do for their new storefront off them, we recommended exterior window and door graphics featuring their company logo and website since they take a lot of online orders. 9…

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