BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Russ Pence is getting a lot of business he didn’t expect and didn’t really want because it means we’re in the midst of a pandemic.
The owner of Vital Signs in Blue Springs, Missouri, said since stay-at-home orders went into effect across Jackson County last month, he has received calls from several businesses looking for new signage.
Pence said many clients want signs advertising they’re open, or their drive-thru is open, or they have carryout options. Something to get the attention of a person driving by at 35 miles per hour.
“You drive past a restaurant and you don’t see the cars in the parking lot, are they still open? Yes, they are still open. If we can help them put a sign up there that at least get something going on and keeps their employees working, it’s gratifying,“ Pence said.
Orders have also come in for signs saying a business is temporarily closed. And cities have placed orders for signs announcing closures at playgrounds and other park amenities.
Pence said the increase in pandemic-related signs is making up for the loss of business he’s experiencing from sports being canceled. He said baseball and softball teams are normally some of his biggest clients this time of year.