In April of 2011, on a windy spring day, we heard a metallic thud outside the store. Thinking it may have been one of the many fender-benders that occur near our busy downtown location, we poked our heads outside to see if it was anything serious. Well, it was serious. Fortunately, no PEOPLE were hurt; the only injuries were to our baby, the landmark 1950′s vintage sign in front of the store. Unfortunately, the injuries were critical though. There was no way the sign was going back up without some serious restoration work. Fortunately, we have a great sign guy – Jim of JanSigns in Wayne, MI. He was confident he could repair enough of the sign that it would still legitimately be the vintage sign that it was. We gave the go ahead, and contacted the city to pull permits for the work. And that’s when the problems began. Although the sign is universally recognized as a vintage or historic landmark, in the eyes of the city and the local historic district, the sign falls into a conceptual no-man’s land. If we had wanted to tear it down earlier (which we never would have) you can be sure we would have been told we can’t, for historic reasons. But now that nature had done its work, since the sign was “out of code”, we couldn’t replace it. Learn what we’re doing to try to get the sign back up here. In the meantime, the damaged sign is safe in the able hands of the sign company.