CANTON: Already a cornerstone of downtown nightlife, the Buzzbin Art & Music shop now has its name in lights.
This week, Canton Sign Co. placed a custom-made 7-foot tall, 16-foot-wide neon sign on the front of Buzzbin’s brick building on the southwest corner of Cleveland Avenue and Fourth Street NW.
“This is going to be loud,” explained Matt Franta, one of the sign company owners, “It’s going to own that corner, especially when it’s lighted ... it’s going to be a music district staple.”The slightly curved, hand-fabricated aluminum sign spells the name of the bar/shop with pink neon tubes, framed by veep green-colored neon (similar to turquoise). And it’s set off by smaller pieces, in the corners above and below the sign, that resemble lightning bolts, made of pink neon.
Below all of that: A modest “Canton, Ohio” sign.
Franta’s family-owned sign business has been around for 118 years. The company has made thousands of signs, but this one took awhile before it got off the ground. Franta said Buzzbin owner Micahel Nasvadi turned up his nose at the first couple of drawings he was presented.
“He hated them,” Franta said.
So, Nasvadi came up with his own design.
Nasvadi had been contemplating the sign since February. He even took a trip to Las Vegas for inspiration. Ultimately, he sketched out a rough version, then turned it over to local artist Tim Eakin.
“I told him, ‘Tim, make it look cool,‘” Nasvadi said, adding that it captures the “cool little rock n’ roll bar” vibe he sought.
The sign is mostly complete, except for one lightning bolt, which will be in place next week. Aside from replicating Eakin’s vision, Nasvadi told Franta the sign had to be highly visible.
“I want to be able to see it when you turn from (Tuscarawas Street W, four blocks away),” Nasvadi said, adding the sign accomplishes that feat. “I know you can see it from Ninth Street ... in the rearview mirror.”Buzzbin opened in 2010 as a record store and offices for Buzzbin Magazine. It soon morphed into a popular live music spot that’s also known for its wide selection of beers.
Nasvadi has turned his attention to removing a tree from the sidewalk in front of the business. When leaves return to the tree in spring, he said, they will obstruct the view of the sign.
“I’ve been pretty vocal about that tree ... (The sign) is a $10,000 investment,” said Nasvadi, who also owns the nearby Cultured Coffee & Waffles on Cleveland Avenue NW.
But that’s another story.
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