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This picture says it all! We had the delight of working with The Crimmins Family recently on a banner for the family farm. What fun to have their whole family come in and to see their eyes light up as they viewed their spectacular banner! Be on the look out for them at the Farmer’s Market this summer and fall. You’ll find them and their organic fresh veggies somewhere near their banner!
The Crimmins’ comments to us after displaying their banner for several weeks: “We’re thrilled with the farmer’s market banner you all created for us, and we have had many positive comments about it. We’ll for sure be back when we have further printing needs.”
Have you ever seen the sad little signs, scrawled out in cardboard, barely discernible, stapled to a street post, reading “Lost Cat. Gray and white. Call 555-1234″?! I always sigh and groan a little when I see these signs, knowing that it’s hard to tell what gray and white cat they’re referring to, and being pretty sure that the chances of that cat’s recovery is very slim — but of course, it’s always worth a try. I usually pause and pray for that kitty.
Several months ago one of our cats became one of the missing. We posted several vinyl banners with a picture of our precious pet in several critical spots near our home. Our neighbor, Cindy, saw the sign on her daily walk and within a few hours found our adventurous cat very high up in a pine tree meowing piteously. Victory! He’d been gone for several days so without those posters, our neighbor most likely wouldn’t have found Stripes and his fate would have been very dark. He was exuberant to be home but also extremely thin and dehydrated, but nothing we couldn’t fix.
He’s a quirky little guy and prone to wander so I’ve kept some of the signs (just in case there’s a next time). He is much too active to be kept inside all the time, but he’s adorable, we love him, and he entertains our grandchildren for hours on end. We’re so glad to have him back!
I have Pinnacle Pride today and a good reason for it. Our graphic designer, Joel Tanner, partnered with Fairview Kennels to design, fabricate and install this awesome vehicle wrap. It’s hot off the press and onto the car as of yesterday so keep your eyes peeled and you should see it cruising around Little Rock in the near future.
Are you curious as to how Joel and Fairview Kennels accomplished this work of art? It takes a lot of combined skills but it goes roughly like this (after agreement is made on the order):
- A good heart to heart talk with the client finding out exactly what their ideas are for the vehicle wrap
- Good measurements of the vehicle
- A rough design proof to see if we’re hitting on what the client wants
- Adjustments from the client and us going back and forth until finally, the final approval is received
- Another more thorough measurement of the vehicle
- Printing of the 3M vinyl wrap material commences until completed and laminated
- The vehicle is thoroughly washed and the vinyl “wrapped” around the vehicle.
Now that the wrap has been completed it’s time for it to go to work for Fairview Kennels. Considering that a wrap is like a moving billboard and typically generates about 8 million impressions in a year, this should not be hard!
Someday we’ll do a vehicle wrap youtube video for you. Until then, though, let us know when you see spy the Fairview Kennel wrap. We’ll reward you with some fresh-baked Kaye’s Cookies!
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T. S. Eliot
Yes, that’s me in this picture and I did it–this year over our Christmas break! I hadn’t gone skiing for quite some time (I hate to admit how long but let’s say it was in the decades). I also hate to admit it but I probably wouldn’t have done it if it hadn’t been for my 15 year old daughter insisting on my accompanying her. For me, it took quite a bit of courage to get up on the skis and out on the beautiful snow-laden slopes of the Colorado mountains, risking life and limb to plow down those same steep hills all for the prize of saying I’d done it–with my daughter. There were moments when it was actually fun and awe-inspiring (the incredible mountains all around us) but over-all I have to say that I was definitely not in my comfort zone.
Being out of one’s comfort zone, taking risks, seems to be the way I learn best. I have to confront my fears, risking troubles and failure. But out of that place, I come away gaining new skills and confidence. My life expands and I can encourage those around me to do the same.
When I think back to the biggest risk I’ve taken, whether they’ve been personal (things like getting married [whew! That one was scary--I hope Mike doesn't reads this], choosing to have a large family and living overseas for several years) or business-related (changing careers 3 times and this last time becoming business owners), I am grateful that somehow I was able to make those choices. Life seems like it would have been a lot more comfortable if I’d taken the path of remaining single or at least keeping down the number of children in the family, teaching school in my hometown, and settling down near family and friends.
Choosing to be a business owner 8 years ago has especially stretched me past my norm. But it has been decidedly worth it, producing many rewards and much growth in me as a person. There have been points within the last few years during our ups and downs, that it’s been pretty tough–but as the old saying goes, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.
I have to laugh about that, but we are still here, better than ever, pared down and sharper than ever with better processes and laser-like focus to be the best sign company in central Arkansas–because we take care of our clients. We’re three months into 2012 now so before the year gets any older I want to go down on record for saying that this year will be one in which I am willing to take risks, to move out of my comfort zone, to grow, to thereby become wiser, personally and in our business. The rewards are well worth it.
How about you? When is the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and took risks that were stretching for you–either personally or in your business? I’m glad I took the risk I did skiing this year–it’s a great memory for my daughter and me–and now I know I can do it again. I’ll be looking for other opportunities this year that are risky but rewarding, both at home and in our business. Will you join me?
It’s hard to believe but Mike and I just celebrated our 36th Wedding Anniversary. We really don’t seem that old to me and it really does seem like just the other day that with star-glazed eyes we said our vows to one another on a snowy February day in my childhood country church in northern Missouri. Who would know that ahead of us were so many adventures, so many fun-times, so many challenges, so many hard times, so many blessings, so many SIGNS. Did I say, “SIGNS”?
I did — because I want to transition into how we LOVE taking care of our clients in the SIGN business. This is the month of love — our anniversary and Valentine’s Day — and it is entirely appropriate for me to emphasize how the love that my husband and I have for God and for one another then flows out into all that we do, including taking care of our clients through our sign business. We have a deep desire to help each of our clients to become successful in what they are doing and to do it in a loving way.
And speaking of LOVE, this is my favorite quote on the subject: ”Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8).
That’s what I’m talking about! That’s the kind of love from which we take care of our clients. May each of you have a wonderful month — and year — of true LOVE!
“Mom, there’s a red truck that just pulled into the driveway. What’s that truck doing here?!!” My daughter’s scared voice over the phone alerted me to the fact that she was home alone and an unidentified truck had pulled up next to our house. “Okay! I’m coming!” I nervously replied, and without further ado, I dropped what I was doing at my computer at PS&G, jumped into our truck, and sped homeward where I arrived in a record 8 minutes.
As I swung in the driveway, I quickly spied the red pick-up with roofing shingles and a ladder in the back and called my daughter who was hiding in her bedroom, “Oh, yeah, a roofer was going to come by sometime this week and examine our damaged roof for insurance purposes. I didn’t know exactly when they were coming and forgot all about it. You can come out now; they’re good guys!” Then, being a sign company person, I couldn’t help but fume a bit: Too bad the truck didn’t have the company’s name on it. It could have saved our family some anxious moments!
Evidently our family has understood the need for identified trucks for a long time. This photo was taken of my brother, Jim, sitting on the family truck. That truck hauled a lot of hay bales, farm equipment, farm animals, and other farming paraphernalia all around Buchanan county in northern Missouri where I grew up, but you can bet that when it pulled up in front of somebody’s house it didn’t scare anybody–they knew who it was.
The moral of this story: if your business truck is not yet identified, give us a call. We’ll help you come up with some great looking graphics for your work vehicle that will keep you looking professional and your clients at ease when you pull into their driveway!
There’s nothing quite like being a Grandma (mine call me “Grandmommy” and “YiaYia”)! Celebrating birthdays with them is fantastic! It doesn’t hurt at all to own a sign company so that you can easily have your talented graphic artists design and then print banners and even wall posters. I hope our grandson, Caleb, feels very special and valued every day when he wakes up and sees the posters that his parents and we collaborated on, celebrating the unique individual that he is. The posters, by the way, are very cost effective with frames often half price at Hobby Lobby for $10. We have several examples of different sizes and materials of family photos/portraits that you might like viewing in our showroom. Just find a special pic of your loved one, bring it in for us to enlarge it, and you’ll have a custom gift that speaks a thousand words!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All! May this year be full of peace, love, and joy for you and your loved ones.
…and don’t forget to rock!
I really do love Thanksgiving — it’s just so wholesome to slow down a bit and think about the things I’m thankful for instead of all too often focusing on the pesky things in life. At our home, one of our treasured traditions is to sit around the Thanksgiving table with kernels of corn by our plates in memory of the Pilgrims and their first Thanksgiving. We take one kernel at a time, naming one thing after the other that we are thankful for. Many center on our families and tender moments in the past year and I won’t say there aren’t some moist eyes when all is said and done.
High on my list this year will be how thankful I am for our family, including our PS&G family. We enjoy working with each other, caring for each other, consoling one another during rough times, and having a lot of fun together all at the same time. Recently, we got together out at our little farm for dinner which included pumpkin carving, wiener roasting and s’mores! Everybody brought somebody or something special — Kurt his daughter; Cindy her autumn apple cake — incredibly delicious; Joel his girlfriend and candy corn; Abby her mom and boyfriend, yummy fruit salad, and flowers to decorate our table; Mike grilled the meat; James built the fire; Grace carved the pumpkins; and Kaye put together the meal. As usual, it was teamwork at Pinnacle Signs and Graphics as we worked at pure fun! (Check out some of the pictures from the get together below.)
Another item that will be very high this year will be those of you who keep us going in our business. We are so thankful for each of those we work with, including our clients — each and every one of you — and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
One of my favorite things in life is helping people. It’s really a little selfish; I like to see folks’ faces light up when I’ve done something a little special for them. Take this past month when we got to help out at the World Cheese Dip Championship. I admit that tasting the different cheese dip entries and then voting on it was fun in and of itself, but donating our time and signs was even better because it put money into the pockets of Harmony Health Clinic, a nonprofit which helps Arkansas folks who can’t afford medical care. Then there was the booth that we set up for the children to have a place to sit down under a tent, out of the hot sun, and color a little bit while eating candy. It turned out to give the parents a break too which made everybody happy!
And in fact, that’s our heart at Pinnacle Signs and Graphics. We really want to help people the very best we can, ranging from consulting with them and helping them to figure out the best form of “visibility” that they need for their business need within their price range to saying a kind word to a disgruntled business person (it’s a hard world out there as we all know). We also work at giving back to our community through efforts like the World Cheese Dip Championship ,giving discounts to churches, the Greek Food Fest, local schools, and many others. To me, being able to do these things, small though they may be, makes working hard in the business world worth it all.