Wednesday, September 20, 2017

5 Things About Concord, CA You Might Not Know

5 Things You Should Know About Concord, CA

While not exactly the biggest of the cities located in the Bay Area, Concord, California has plenty of stories and facts that aren’t always well-known. Here are 5 things you might not know about Concord:

An Early Name Change

You may be familiar with the Todos Santos Plaza, but do you know the significance of “Todos Santos”? Concord was once known, if only briefly, as Todos Santos. In 1868 cattle ranchers Don Salvio Pacheco and his son Fernando Pacheco created a new town after the earthquake of 1868, flooding, and fires befell their town carrying their name, Pacheco. It’s name? Todos Santos. In 1869, they offered the town for free to the people of their fallen city, Pacheco. The townspeople, however, had different ideas for the community name. In April of 1869, the Contra Costa Gazette announced the new town under the name Concord – which means “harmony”.

Notable Natives

Northern California as a whole is a hotbed for science, technology and the arts, and our city is no exception. Concord is home to some big names from the arts world – most notably, Tom, Dave and Frank.

Tom Hanks, the academy award winning actor and director who you may know from “Big”, “Castaway”, “The Green Mile”, “Forest Gump”, “Apollo 13”, or a handful of other major motion pictures, was born in Concord in 1956.

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck, one of the best known “cool jazz” musicians was born in Concord in 1920. He co-founded the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951. Dave was known for his experimentation with time signature; recording songs in 7/4, 13/4, and 9/8 time. Some of his more popular work includes “In Your Own Sweet Way”, “The Duke” and possibly most notably, “Take Five” which alongside Paul Desmond (saxophonist, composer, and Brubeck’s longtime partner in jazz) went on to b the first jazz instrumental to sell more than a million copies.

Frank O. Gehry may not have been born in Concord, but he has left a lasting impression on our area. With the 1975 design of the Concord Pavillion. He went on to design the Guggenhiem Museum in Bilibao, Spain; the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Olympic Fish for the Barcelona Olympics, and even the Facebook West Campus in Menlo Park, CA; hailed as a garden roofed fantasyland by Wired Magazine.

Home to Marching Champions

Concord is home to the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, a world class musical marching ensemble that consists of brass and percussion instruments and a color guard. Holding a record 18 Drum Corps International World Championship titles, the Drum and Bugle Corps, whose name gives a nod to their origins – blue for the VFW and devils referring to the Mount Diablo area, holds a record high score with DCI – 99.650. They have finished in the top 5 for the past 40 years.

A Japanese Sister City

Concord became a sister city with Kitikami, Japan in 1974. The Concord Civic Center features a small Japanese garden and sculpture commemorating the relationship. The sculpture, The Communion Bridge, is a two-part piece, with one half in Concord, the other in Kitikami. The cities continue to develop this relationship with exchange students, visits, and tours.

History of Agriculture All Around

While Concord today is more suburban, the area all around was historically agricultural. Grapes, walnuts, almonds, wheat, and hay filled the fields around Concord. During Prohibition, walnut orchards took favor as vineyards were removed. Today, the concord Naval Weapons Station takes the place of what once was miles of wheat, and Napa Valley wine country is a quick drive away, making it an easy day trip for Concord residents and visitors.

Sequoia Signs is proud to be a part of the Concord community. We pride ourselves in bringing cost-effective and attractive signs, vinyl vehicle graphics, advertising and marketing products to the East Bay area. Request a free quote today to bring your business to life with custom signs and graphics!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

One pan chicken with asparagus

Here’s a little gem from Jamie Oliver.  In fact, I’m just going to provide the link.  http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/quick-crispy-chicken-with-tomatoes-asparagus/

The first time I made this, we were guests at my sisters house and I needed something quick but special- this fit the bill perfectly.  I’ve made it several times since- I love to bump up the olive ratio but do what you like.  Unfortunately I was so hungry, I forgot to take a “plated” photo.  You get the picture.

enjoy!

Tom

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

How Channel Letter Signs Put You Ahead of the Competition.docx

How Channel Letter Signs Help Your Business Stand Out

It’s important that your business makes a statement. A great way to achieve that is with a channel letter sign. Your sign is the first thing people will see when they enter your workplace, and it can be all the difference you need to help stand out in a field of similar businesses.

24-Hour Visibility 

As the weather turns colder, and days grow shorter, we are left with less and less daylight, yet you still need to keep your company visible and appealing year-round. Bold, illuminated signs or backlit letters allow you to advertise your company and its branding no matter the time of day. Just think: On a dreary day, a gleaming, lighted sign surrounded by a glowing halo may be enough to convince someone passing to enter your pizza parlor for an easy dinner at the end of a long workday. And with that, you have a new faithful customer. Success, thanks to your beautiful new, reverse halo channel letters!

Advocating for Your Brand

What the world sees on the exterior of your workspace ends up being the face of your company. People are more likely to see your sign than they are to stumble across your website or find a business card. With halo lit letters, face lit letters, translucent lighting, and additional customization with the kind of lighting, lettering, and graphics you use, your channel sign can match the attitude of your brand and match the professionalism you already bring to the table. It shows the everyone what kind of work you put out into the world. That kind of unified presentation can set you apart from the rest.

Here is an example of how we helped one company update their channel letter signs to match their brand and their updated logo, advocating for their company and presenting a new face for their business. Now, their business seems modern and forward-thinking due to their sleek new design, and because their signage matches their new logo, they are presenting a streamlined, unified vision of their brand that starts outside and follows the customer inside. That kind of coordination will give you the professional edge over competitors.

Design Versatility

There are countless options in creating your own custom lit letters that will allow you to best represent your company, from lighting to lettering, and even how your sign is mounted. A custom sign feels personal and professional, shows you pay attention to details, and is eye-catching. It’s constant advertising for your business. What more could you want to set you apart from your competition?

From the design to the mounting of the sign, to dealing with the electrical elements, we are there every step of the way to ensure the best possible outcome. We use LED channel letters when creating your signs, meaning, they are not only energy efficient and long-lasting, but our signs are also brighter than older styles of channel letters, helping you shine that much more than the rest. We can work with you to create matching pylon signs as well to coordinate with your beautiful new channel letters. The possibilities and benefits are endless!

Unsure of the options available to you and what they all mean? Here’s a quick rundown of the different kinds of channel letter signs and how they can work for you. Still have more questions about channel letter signs?

Contact us here to get started today! Ready to give your business the splash it needs to take you to the next level? What a bright idea! Request a quote and we can get the ball rolling.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Why Does Your Business Need ADA Compliant Office Signs?

Why You Need ADA Compliant Signs

Whatever your business may be, it’s important to create a space in which both your employees and visitors feel welcome and safe in your office. Including visible, accessible signage not only keeps you compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, it’s also a great opportunity for you to incorporate office signs that both enhance your brand and make your space a more inclusive one, too. At Sequoia Signs, we are more than happy to work with you to create office signs that follow the requirements of the ADA and also blends seamlessly with your company’s aesthetic and unique brand.

It Will Create a Safe, Accepting Environment

Why do you need ADA compliant office signs? Well, for starters, it’s the law. Many Americans rely on wayfinding signs to navigate through the world on a daily basis. It allows them the freedom and ability to have access to buildings and businesses as safely and effortlessly as possible.

Displaying ADA signage in your office isn’t just important for legal reasons though, and the need for these signs doesn’t stop once you are indoors. The use of accessible plaques and directory signs in your reception or lobby sets the stage for visitors and employees alike to know that your office is a welcoming space where they can feel at ease.

Many Americans with disabilities will choose to work with a business or not based on how easy or difficult it can be for them to access. Using elements like braille outside restroom or office doors, or displaying information about accessible entrances will ensure that people can enter and travel through your building safely. It says that your doors are open to all and that you value all people.

Your Signs Can Match (and Even Enhance) Your Company’s Aesthetic

Office and door signs don’t have to be boring, and we believe that signs that meet ADA regulations don’t have to be boring either. Sure, there are requirements as far as readability, and the kind and color of lettering you use for wayfinding and other accommodations, but these can be incorporated into designs that perfectly match your company’s brand. If your conference room signage is creative, ADA compliant and coordinates beautifully with your logo, you’re presenting a strong, unified brand that’s also inclusive and accessible. How efficient!

We love working with your existing graphic design, and even your logo to keep your office ADA compliant while also maintaining your individual flair. With countless materials like brushed metal and engraved acrylic, and even options like backlighting, your lobby and directional postings, ADA Braille signs, nameplates, sliding and room signs can all be functional, coordinated, and attractive at the same time. ADA signage can even be incorporated into the overall design of your space with the inclusion of surrounding graphic wall decals. And we can even make desk signs to match!

Partnering with Sequoia

The ADA was created in 1990 to allow all people with disabilities the same access to buildings and services that come naturally to those without disabilities. Because of this, there are many regulations in place for ADA signs, which can be a lot to keep track of on your own. Braille must be hung at a certain height. Type styles used may not include serifs. Bathroom signs must be posted on a specific side of the door. The list goes on. These specifications can seem overwhelming to someone unfamiliar with the regulations. We at Sequoia Signs know these requirements, and can effortlessly and artfully implement them in your office so that you don’t have to worry about it. Contact us today to learn more!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

3 Ways Custom Vinyl Banners Bring Value To Your Business

Customize banners for business value

There are many ways to communicate with customers, but custom vinyl banners offer a great deal of value for any budget. They’re attractive and they generate a great deal of attention, both from current customers as well as people passing by. Here are just a few ways that custom vinyl banners can enhance your business.

Maximize Your Visibility

If you’re concerned that you’re not getting the attention from passers-by that you desire, a brightly colored vinyl banner can catch eyes near and far. Whether you want an event banner that will advertise an upcoming occasion hosted by your business or you just want to refresh the look of your exterior, a banner will give you a lot of bang for your buck.

If you’re interested in using the banner long-term, vinyl is your best bet. It’s weatherproof, durable, and you can hang a vinyl banner from a banner stand or from its grommets without fear of the banner fading or fraying.

If you want to display the banner indoors and outdoors, bringing them in and out depending on the weather, fabric is a good choice. You have a bit more color selection, and you can get crisp and clean imagery and text that will let some light through. When you use fabric banners outside, they’ll blow in the wind in an attractive manner, garnering more attention.

Share Information with Ease

The average person’s attention span is becoming shorter every year. You only have about eight seconds to make an impression on a potential customer before you lose their attention. A custom vinyl banner can fit all of the information you need to convey in a sufficiently attention-grabbing manner. Here’s just some of the information you can put on a custom banner:

  • Business name
  • Phone number
  • Date and time of an event
  • Website URL
  • Phone Number
  • Social media links

Vinyl lettering on a custom banner will make this text legible and you can order the print to the size that will be most visible to the most people. You’ll capture the eye of more passersby than ever before!

Build a Positive Response

Banners lend a festive air to a business. It’s different from the everyday signs typically posted, indicating that something special or unusual is happening. A person could walk by a business every day for months and not notice it, but when they see a banner in front, their interest is captured.

Flag banners are also a fun and exciting way to draw attention. When you see a series of colorful flags in front of a store or business, you automatically assume that something interesting is happening – perhaps you should take the time to check it out

Capitalize on that positive association by using bright and happy colors as well as fun designs in addition to your usual brand image. Customers will associate the positive response they get from seeing a colorful and engaging banner with your brand so that in the future they’ll have a warm feeling about your business in general.

Whether you’re seeking a custom vinyl banner for your business, sports banners, political banners, event banners, backdrops, or banners for a trade show, Sequoia Signs is your one-stop shop for all your banner needs. We can provide a beautiful banner that will turn heads in vinyl or fabric, for indoor and outdoor use.

Contact us today to get a free, no-obligation quote!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

One pot mushroom pasta

Some recipes I have used many times. Others are new to me but I still enjoy. Here’s one I found on-line recently but apologize that I did not save the reference. Somebody deserves more credit for this than me-  I am just sharing what I found with only slight changes.

Not sure what it was called either so I have made up the title.
Very simple and yummy if you like mushrooms!

 

 

 


Ingredients
2-3 boneless chicken breast (halves) cuts into small pieces
1 Tbspn butter
1 Tbspn oilive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
Sun dried tomatoes- about a handful, rough chopped
Mushrooms- as much as you like, probably one to two handfuls
1 Tbspn flour
2 cups chicken broth
1.5 cups half & half
Salt & pepper
½ tspn Garlic powder
Half a box of linguine, broken in half
½ cup+ parmesan cheese
2 cups baby spinach

You will need a large skillet but it is the only pan you need!
Cook the chicken in the butter until nicely browned. Add the olive oil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms and cook until tender.


Add the flour and stir for another minute.
Next, slowly add the chicken broth and half and half, scrapping any of the good bits from bottom of the pan. Add the salt, pepper and garlic powder.


Add the linguine to the pan and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes until pasta is cooked.
Remove from heat and add the cheese and spinach, stirring to incorporate.
Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Channel Letters in Walnut Creek for JVM Lending

Here’s a great project we recently completed in Walnut Creek.  The good folks at JVM Lending called us and asked for a revision of their external channel letters sign.  (we did their lobby sign too but let’s save that for another post.)  They had recently revised their logo and wanted their signage to match the new look.  The good news for them was that this is right up our alley.

While channel letters can be a common product, at Sequoia Signs and graphics, we thrive on the chance to be a little bit different.  JVM’s new logo consists of a large orange box with JVM in white lettering.  The subtlety is that the while letters gently push out of the edges of the rectangle, just enough to catch the eye.  We worked with our manufacturer who used aluminum, acrylic and vinyl to achieve the desired look.  And, to make sure customers can find the business day or night we used LED’s to illuminate the sign.

Beyond that, the building sign plan called for white ‘face-lit’ letters so we were somewhat limited and the choice to create a good looking logo box was even more important.  Notice, for example, that the “trim-cap” is also painted the same orange.  Little touches like these can go a long way.

Most commercial buildings have what are called “Master Sign Plans” and it is very important to review these plans before designing any signage.  Not only has the landlord already prescribed the signage that they will approve, but with most Master Sign Plans, the city has also signed off on the specifications.  If your sign meets the requirements, approval can be quick and easy.  If not- you will first need to convince your landlord to make an exception.  From there you will need to get city approval.  You might end up spending a lot of time (and money) getting special design approval and sometimes you can be denied even after spending good money.

At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we will review your sign plan as well as city specifications/guidelines and work with you to get an approvable sign that you absolutely love.

Are you thinking about channel letters?  Give us a call!  925.300.1066 We would love to help.

 

Written by : Sequoia Signs & Graphics

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