Well, it’s not that new, but if you haven’t visited Oxide’s north entrance since last year, we’d like to share our new hand-painted signage!
With our neighborhood — the Blackstone District — on the rise, it felt like time to spruce up our building. We knew we wanted to do something that would stand out and look appropriate to the building’s age. We considered repurposing a vintage neon sign like we did on the front of our building, but after looking around for a few months, we realized that old signs are either destroyed and scrapped or cost a small fortune. We decided that a hand-painted sign was the perfect solution — when the neighborhood was first established in the early 20th century, hand-lettered murals and signage were universal to the area.
We let our OCD run free, did a bunch of measuring, and designed a layout that worked well with the available space. However, finding someone that was willing to actually get up on a ladder and paint it was more difficult than you’d imagine. After asking around for some time, we finally found Sharon Davis of Arbor Street Studios. In the months since then, they have become the go-to sign painters in Omaha. And as many businesses in our neighborhood look to cultivate the character of yesteryear, hand-painted signs in general have become the de facto choice.