Service of a Bad Sign

April 2nd, 2015

Categories: Communications, First Impressions, Real Estate, Restaurant, Retail

Luxury for blog

A business can so easily give the wrong impression. Here are photos I took on my walk to and from work that illustrate the point.

The sign featured above inspired the post. It touts luxury apartments for rent. The fact that this dirty sign has drooped in this manner for weeks tells me that as a potential tenant, my leaky faucet, broken toilet or elevator, lack of hot water or heat will suffer similar neglect.

Nail sign for blogNot sure I’d want to have my nails done at a place with insufficient soap and water to keep its unprofessionally hung sign clean–photo right.

New Yorkers are chomping at the bit to enjoy a spring sidewalk drink or meal but would anyone consider this place featured below? Chairs and tables have been laced with boxes and filled garbage bags for days.

Have you noticed similar easy-fix neglect in neighborhoods in which you hang around?

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4 Responses to “Service of a Bad Sign”

  1. J. McCarthy Said:

    It strikes me that the signs you observed serve as a clear sign of the times.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    OHHHHH A Pun, J.McCarthy,

    Actually, there weren’t too many businesses that looked like these on my daily jaunt. What was strange was how easy it would be to fix these visual glitches.

  3. Lucrezia Said:

    Much depends on prevailing mood. I often favor funky, so this probably isn’t the correct answer for this post!

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    The signs–actually one of the images depicted a messy state of affairs outside a restaurant that could have been resolved in a matter of 10 minutes–were sad reflections on each business. They were symbolic of businesses that had forgotten how important a first impression can be to prospective customers or in one case, tenants.

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