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Sidewalk signs pop up in downtown Connellsville

| Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, 6:54 a.m.
Karl Polacek | Trib Total Media
Daniel Cocks positions one of the new white board signs available through Downtown Connellsville outside of the ArtWorks at 139 W. Crawford Ave. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Businesses can wipe off the old messages on the signs and write a new message as needed.

Daniel Cocks, of Downtown Connellsville and The Artworks, believes businesses in the city will soon become more noticeable, thanks to new whiteboard sidewalk signs being delivered now.

“The idea is to show that Connellsville is open for business,” said Cocks. “People say there is nothing downtown, but signs and ads in the paper show there is.”

The write-on, wipe-off signs are attached to bases that can be filled with water or sand to hold them in place. Cocks said he thought the signs would be best for daily specials or to advertise special times to be open.

The signs cost $149 each from the manufacturer. Grants from Fay-Penn, the Great Allegheny Passage Trail Town program and Downtown Connellsville have reduced the cost to $30 for businesses who want the signs.

A number of businesses have already ordered them.

They include Connellsville Bed and Breakfast at 316 W. Crawford Ave., Endless Style at 517 W. Crawford Ave., Spotto's Hardware at 805 W. Crawford Ave, Appalachian Juice Company at 806 W. Crawford Ave., Wavie and Janes Emporium at 123 W. Apple St., The Artworks at 139 W. Crawford Ave. and the Connellsville Canteen at 131 W. Crawford Ave.

Cocks said 25 signs remain and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Businesses in the defined downtown area may call 724-320-6392 or email downtownconnellsville@zoominternet.net to order a sign.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kpolacek@tribweb.com or 724-626-3538.

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