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Awning signs OK’d for City businesses

September 13, 2012

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Two local businesses are keeping customers and passers-by dry while advertising their goods and services.

During a meeting Aug. 20, the City Council unanimously approved a proposal for awning signs on the front of The Framing Gallery, at 18140 Mack. City Planner John Jackson of McKenna Associates said the three awnings would be “very attractive” for the long-time business. They will identify the street number, as well as the availability of custom framing, art and mirrors at the store. The awnings — two of which are 7.5-feet long and one of which is 6-feet long — are well within the 20 percent permissible awning area allowed by City regulations, he said. They will be black Sunbrella fabric with white lettering.

“We think it’s a great addition to the building,” said Jackson, saying the signs should improve the business’s visibility and appearance.

A new Village business, Sweet Little Sheila’s Pastry & Crepe Café at 17045 Kercheval, is giving a new look to the former Burger Pointe restaurant. A spin-off of owner Sheila Taylor’s SideStreet Diner, also located in the Village, this business will also feature Sunbrella fabric awnings, albeit with brown fabric and pink letters, Jackson said. The awnings will replace the ones for Burger Pointe, but Taylor said they’d be using the existing frame. There will be a 15-square-foot awning in the front and a 4-square-foot awning in the back, both of which are within the allowable size, Jackson told the council. He said they worked with Taylor on the design to maximize visibility for the new business, especially from the rear entrance.

The City Council unanimously approved the awning signs.

“I think it looks good — can’t wait,” City Council member Donald Parthum said.

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