'Sign' has double meaning at new business on Ore Mill RoadEllen Cutting was born deaf. But the transplant from the small town of Cornish, Maine, hasn't let it stand in her way.
She's worked in commercial banking and even customer service - relying on hearing aids (to reveal vibrations) and lip-reading to understand the spoken word. She's also learned to speak clearly (though she can't hear her own voice) through training and life-long study.
Unthwarted, Cutting redirected her energies about eight years ago into the sign industry.
She started LN Signs in 2012 and recently opened a storefront in the commercial center off Ore Mill Road (a frontage road just south of Highway 24 between 26th and 31st streets).
She's assisted by Geet Faulkner, her husband, who's been in sign work for more than 30 years.
The address is 2755 Ore Mill Road, Suite 10. The shop is open Monday through Friday or evenings and weekends by appointment.
The phone is 648-3058; e-mail geet@LNSigns.com . The website is http://LNSigns.com.
Using traditional creative methods or computer-generated graphics, the couple do custom signs (including hand-carving, lettering and pinstriping) and vehicle graphics. Product examples are wood signs, banners, murals, wraps and decals.
Cutting's main sign-industry influences were initially her stepfather Kippy and later Geet, who she met in 2002.
Through a coincidence, Faulkner had known Kippy separately as a teenager. He said he too gained some of his early sign-making know-how from him.
Cutting and Faulkner moved West from Maine about eight years ago, settling in the Divide area about a year later.
The name, LN Signs, is partly a play on words. “LN” is an acronym for her name, and “Signs” additionally refers to the language using hand/finger signals that deaf people use.
At the Ore Mill Road shop, Cutting plans special monthly events from May to October, “catering to the hotrod and motorcycle enthusiasts,” she said.
Asked about how she happened to choose that location, she explained, “Living in the mountains of Colorado for seven years, we see how the Westside of Colorado Springs appreciates creative and custom- crafted products.”
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