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Sign Damage

To its original glory:

Beer Depot Sign - Photo By Spencer Thomas
Photo By Spencer Thomas

The Sign Will Be Restored!

After a lengthy appeal process, we’re ecstatic to be able to tell you that the historic Beer Depot sign will be restored to its original Doo Wop Era glory! Many thanks to the folks at the Historic District Commission and in the City Planning Department for making what many would agree was the right decision. Restoration work has begun – thanks to JanSigns of Troy, Michigan – but will likely be a lengthy and expensive process. We’ll have more updates soon, including photos of the restoration work as it moves along. And we’ll probably be offering up some swag like T-Shirts to help raise some funds and raise awareness. Quite a few supporters of the sign have even suggested we do a Kickstarter campaign. What do YOU think?

Posted By:Admin August 20, 2012

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  1. Posted by Matt on 08.21.12 11:04 pm

    Great news! Congratulations. I lived down the street at 332 East William for three years and believe the sign is a classic Ann Arbor landmark.

  2. Posted by Al on 08.21.12 11:18 pm

    I grew up looking at that sign. So much has changed in AA with the current administration, not much for the good, (high rises) but this is a wonderful contrast. Sometimes old is good, it helps make AA what it is and there is nothing wrong with that. You fought the good fight

  3. Posted by Admin on 08.21.12 11:24 pm

    Thanks for the positive words!

    We are really, REALLY looking forward to getting the sign fully restored and back up. It’s such a classic era piece.

    We’re lucky to have one of the best in the business working on it too; Jim at JanSigns has been in the business for decades, and understands the artistry in this kind of signage.

    We had hoped to have the sign up by some time September, but we’ll see. This is a costly process!

  4. Posted by Kathy Armbruster Zaffina on 08.31.12 11:47 am

    I remember the F or Sat trips to the Beer Depot where my parents bought a 6-pack of beer and we kids got free pretzel sticks, one each. The anticipation was as important as the munching. The first drive-through that I can remember. Good business plan.

  5. Posted by Thomas Siterlet on 12.17.12 2:21 pm

    Am SO pleased that the good prevailed over mindless bureauocracy!!!! CONGRADS!!!!!

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