New artistic signs grace businesses in downtown Beaverton
Seven new signs designed by artists in a competition were unveiled Saturday, Nov. 30, at restaurants and stores in downtown Beaverton.
Among them were one for Jan's, a bookstore that came to 12320 S.W. 1st St. in 2018 after 37 years on Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha. The sign was designed by Sara Clark, who ended up doing three of the seven new signs adorning downtown businesses.
"This was an opportunity too good to pass up," said Lori Carroll, who took over as owner in 2018. "Downtown Beaverton has been great to us. The next part of our evolution is our new sign."
Clark, a former Beaverton resident, became a member of a book club sponsored by the store. But she said it took a little more persuasion for her to enter the contest for new signs.
"I had my arm twisted, because I had a lot of self-doubt about the contest," Clark said. "But I am glad I ended up participating, because I've had a lot of fun."
Clark's signs also are in front of Dulcederm at 12825 S.W. 1st St. and Syndicate Wine Bar at 12620 S.W. 1st St.
Beaverton Downtown Association raised $145,000 for participation in CoSign, a program created by the American Sign Museum, based in Cincinnati. Its aim is to create signs that will give a distinctive look to downtown businesses, particularly restaurants that Beaverton is cultivating for its central district.
The other businesses unveiling signs on Small Business Saturday, and their artists:
Lionheart Coffee, Southwest 1st Street and Watson Avenue, Jesse Rankin; Big's Chicken, 4570 S.W. Watson Ave., Justin Becker; Raindrop Taphouse, 4545 S.W. Angel Ave., Luis Hernandez; Global Art of Dance, 12570 S.W. Farmington Road, Justin Rueff. Among the supporters were the city of Beaverton, Washington County Visitors Association and Global Art of Dance.
The signs were displayed three weeks ago at a reception for the artists and businesses, but Saturday was the first time they were unveiled for the public.
NOTE: Corrects spelling error in one designer's name.
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