Link: Winter ’11 Newsletter
Green Man Holiday Lights (GMHL) got the call to light up the “Wallingford” sign atop the Wallingford QFC. It was a tricky install… but a good story in hind sight. Our customer didn’t want anything glued or permanently affixed to the sign, i.e. our trustee light clips. We thought we would use some industrial strength, rare earth magnets to attach the lights. Great idea! But it turns out that only half of the signs letters cowling was made of steel. The other half was made of aluminum (magnets don’t stick to aluminum). Who would build a sign like that? I asked around and got a quick history lesson from some Wallingford old timers. Here is a clip from a Seattle Times article confirming what we found out in the field.
“For 40 years the big red neon block letters spelling FOOD GIANT extended nearly the length of the roof. It and the Grandma’s Cookies sign on North 34th Street were the Wallingford neighborhood’s principal pop symbols.
When QFC bought the store in the late 1990s and tried to ditch the symbol for its own, a protest from the store’s neighbors brought the compromise we see in Jean Sherrard’s “now.” By recycling seven of the old sign’s big letters, a new and blue sign of equal grandeur and iconic appeal took its place. It named the neighborhood.”
Washington Then and Now,” by Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard, can be purchased for $45 through Tartu Publications at P.O. Box 85208, Seattle, WA 98145.
Copyright © 2009 The Seattle Times Company
GMHL ended up using a temporary double stick tape and got the job done! But wait… there’s more. After hours of testing the display the day before, when it came time to light it up in front of a crowd of local Wallingfordians something happened. Or didn’t happen for that matter. When Randy the owner of GMHL threw the switch only half of the display light up. How could this happen? Luckily Randy was quick on his feet and chased down the unplugged wire. Were we set up? Or is the sign lighting ceremony cursed? As history would have it the same thing happened when the sign was reinstalled Feb 10, 2010 after the QFC remodel was complete. Cursed or just a coincidence? You be the judge.
Press Links about GMHL ‘10
QFC Relighting the Wallingford Sign Feb 10, 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1TbToCoNAg
GMHL flips the switch on the Wallingford sign holiday lights: http://www.mywallingford.com/2010/12/05/video-wallingford-sign-gets-holiday-lights/
GMHL Article in My Wallingford Blog: http://www.mywallingford.com/2010/12/04/details-on-holiday-lighting-of-wallingford-sign/
GMHL Video Interview for North Seattle Herald article: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENDMKNPtjiE
RPC is an active member in the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce, a 100 year old Seattle chamber. We are the first Seattle painting company to be featured on its new website. Please check it out!
Thanks to Janet, Anita and Kara for featuring our business. Kara is the Current president and owner of Not a Number Gifts a great place to shop for your holiday gifts!
We just got word that our newest addtion to our company “Green Man Holiday Lights” will be featured on two BBB billboards in the Seattle area (Queen anne & Elliot bay). Here’s a preview. They go up on the 11th and 15th this month. Be on the look out and let us know you saw us!
We are booking up fast this year so please plan ahead if you would like your lights installed.
January flew by and now after the buzz of a new year wears off we find ourselves increasingly optimistic for the future. Have you seen RPC anywhere let us know!
Check out our BBB commercial: It runs from Feb 1 – Feb 14 on Komo 4. It’s our first time on TV so we are really excited about it. In fact if you did see it please let us know with an email etc. We track our marketing and would like to see how the well the add is seen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VBhrK8txIk
RPC @ the SAM (Seattle Art Museum): Our paint setting the backdrop for the paint of world renowned masters. We are proud to announce that RPC will be painting the galleries at the SAM. Completing a successful project for the SAM will have many challenges. Scheduling, detail, timeliness and security. See what’s next and next time you go to the SAM don’t just look at the paint on the canvas look at the walls and enjoy the benefits of a job well done! http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/
RPC @ the Seattle Home Show: Reed Painting Company will have a booth at the Seattle Home Show for the first time ever! We are looking forward to having hands on painting demonstrations, giveaways and a few surprises. We are offering some great values to those who come to see us at the show as well. Check it out at http://www.seattlehomeshow.com/
The Seattle Home Show runs Feb. 20-28 at the Quest Field Event Center.
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