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Project of The Month: Larry’s Tavern

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Larry’s Tavern is brand new, but looks about as 70s as it gets- and that’s on purpose. With healthy doses of retro brown and orange, this cozy bar is making itself right at home in West Seattle at 3405 California Ave SW.

During renovations, the same group that owns Targy’s, Duvall Tavern, and Pint Defiance, came to us with the news that they were opening a new concept in West Seattle. They asked if we would work with them as they made the 70s styled bar a reality. We said of course, when do we start?

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Western Neon has worked with owners Margo Beaver and husband Joel Stedman previously for years, but Larry’s is the first project our team has produced for them from start to finish.

Margo and Joel came to us with a well-established set of ideas. What they needed were the capabilities to take that concept and translate it into a realistic design. Starting from there, we worked together to pick out glass colors Sunrise from Ablon Technologies and Clear Gold from Voltarc. With those colors and a great design, we translated their logo into an illuminated masterpiece that will catch looks from down the block for years to come.

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Check out Larry’s Tavern at 3405 California Ave SW from 4pm- 2am daily and follow them here and here.

Interested in how to make your business shine? We want to hear your ideas. Western Neon specializes in illuminated signage, graphics, and other custom solutions for the built environment.

Project of The Month: Aslan Brewing Company

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Under the watchful glow of the iconic lion, the large mixed-use building Cedar Speedster is getting the finishing touches put together on the corner of 36th and Phinney. If all stays on schedule, by the end of this month Aslan Brewing Company’s .Seattle Taproom Seattle Taproom is going to be up and running, and we can’t wait!

We were so excited when Aslan announced their plans in January to open a Seattle Taproom and knew we wanted to get involved. The organic beer brewing company started in Bellingham, WA, in 2013 and has been growing an empire ever since. Their name, Aslan, is the Turkish word for lion and speaks to their philosophy of pushing boundaries while preserving the brewing tradition.

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After discussing the Aslan logo the owners, we knew that it had to be the signature icon for the taproom space. The final product is a depiction of Aslan’s majestic King of the Jungle, on each side of a sleek blade sign . This piece is the culmination of meticulous planning, fabricating, and a solid week of hand-crafting neon glass from Tecnolux and we are so proud of how it came together. When we asked CEO Jack Lamb his thoughts on the project, he said simply, “We are SO happy with the sign [Western Neon] made. Seriously a dream come true.”

We love that as a certified B Corporation, Aslan is committed to organic ingredients, locally sourced goods, and low-impact practices. They fit right in at their new home, Cedar Speedster , a brand new building that houses a central retail space for Evo, as well as restaurants Revel and Local tide.

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Congratulations to all the partners involved, we can’t wait to check out the new project!

Are you interested how you can strengthen your branding with custom signage? We want to help. Western Neon specializes in illuminated signage, graphics, and other custom solutions for the built environment.

Project of The Month: Northwest Harvest

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On a cloudy install day, Western Neon technicians carefully secured the green apple that will serve as a beacon for the newest Northwest Harvest location.

Just below the custom signage, the front doors lead to a warm and welcoming grocery-store-like atmosphere. The SODO Community Market will be replacing the Cherry Street food bank Northwest Harvest ran for over 35 years. This location aims to continue supporting the Seattle community by offering an experience that maintains the dignity of those who come through its doors.

Western Neon was brought into the project early on because NW Harvest was interested in keeping the project local to the area. And in addition to Western Neon’s stellar portfolio of custom-built signs, we are actually located just down the street from the new market location.

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Working with the client, Western Neon’s team tested several different color schemes related to Northwest Harvest’s branding, eventually using a mixture of colored neon types from Ablon Technologies.

The vibrant blue is a classic glass called Ocean Blue, and the distinct green is a standard glass called Lite Green. The final results closely mirrored the client’s original vision, with the final neon resting in open-face aluminum channel letters. Additional pieces created by Western Neon for this site include flat-cut aluminum characters with a horizontally brushed finish and a pan-form translucent polycarbonate sign with vinyl detailing.

We at Western Neon love that Northwest Harvest is showing they are committed to the area by cementing their mark on the SODO skyline.

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Northwest Harvest is the largest independent hunger relief agency in Washington and serves on average 2 million meals a month. They are focused on providing nutritious food, building community partnerships, and getting food where it is needed most. Find out more about the SODO Community Market and Northwest Harvest at northwestharvest.org.

Interested how you can strengthen your branding with neon or other custom signage? We want to help. Western Neon specializes in illuminated signage, graphics, and other custom solutions for the built environment.