We took our awning down and cut it up and hung it in the windows. It doesn’t show quite as well, but it serves for the moment while we plan our sign strategy. We did try to comply with a black and gold sign, but the city came back with the text all squished together and it looked very unappealing.
Now we are looking at hanging a large wooden sign under the overhang. Our next challenge is to convince our landlord this will look good as it is different from the other tenant way down at the other end of the plaza. Everyone has had to make changes. The new ordinances also decreed that signage and lettering in windows can’t be more that 50% of the total window. The other three tenants all opted not to have awnings.
I agree with not having plazas look trashy, but our plaza looked good, with individual businesses displaying their individual, neat, clean and appropriate signs.
Hopefully, our landlord and the city will sign on to our idea!