Helping Others

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A few weeks ago, our company had an opportunity that we just could not pass up. We lent our Daktronics display message center to the Mills County Iowa Relay For Life. They used it to let participants, volunteers, and visitors know what was going on that day, among other things. This is the second year we have let them use it, and it has been our honor to do so. It feels great to know that we are doing out part to help a great organization raise money, and bring awareness to a disease that touches everyone’s life.



It’s Official!

Okay, I know it was actually official January 1st, but this past week we erected our new company sign, so it really feels official now!

Jesse Installing New Sign

Jesse Installing New Sign

How stressful and exciting these past few weeks have been. We are still finding things we need to tie loose ends up on, and you think of something almost everyday that you need to do or change, but it will all be worth it in the end. Please bear with us for the next few weeks as all of our bugs get worked out! In the mean time, we will continue to give you the attention and customer service you expect and deserve!

Along with the new sign, we also have a new office mascot!

Prairie Rose Sign

Prairie Rose Sign

Meet the ferocious Jasmine! She’s a tough one!



New Company Name!

Yes, I know. It’s been a while again! I have a very good reason though. We have been going through a company change, and let’s just say that past few months have been a little crazy around here. Very exciting though!

As of January 1st, the Iowa office where I am located, is now known as Prairie Rose Sign and Canopy. The Minnesota office is still Rose City Sign, but with Tim and Wendy’s boys getting older and wanting to take more responsibility in the business, they felt it was time for a change. You can still expect the same quality and customer service that we have given for years. The only thing that has changed is our name!

If you use it will redirect you to the new Prairie Rose Sign site (, so you won’t miss out on a thing. I hope to get back to writing a blog weekly or bi-weekly here soon to provide you with fun photos and information on signage and vinyl products.

Below is the letter we sent to our business contacts. Please feel free to read it and make note of our contact info. We look forward to serving you in the future!

Prairie Rose Welcome Letter

Been A While!

I realize it’s been a very long time since I posted anything, but I have a very good reason. As of January 1st, we at the Iowa office will  no longer be known as Rose City Canopy & Sign. Next week I will publish our new name and information for everyone. The Minnesota office is not changing anything, we simply felt it was time for a change.

We are very excited about the change, and we look forward to working with everyone in the future! Be sure to tune in next week!


Show Your Support!

For me, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s college football season! There is nothing like going to a college game. People are happy, excited, and ready to cheer their team on. It’s the sights, sounds and smells of tailgating. The games being played, friendly banter, and I have noticed more over the past few years, people’s tailgating getting more elaborate. We are talking car magnets, banners, wrapped mini buses and tailgate trailers. I see more of it every year.

I had the pleasure this past Saturday of spending the day with my best friend and her family at the Iowa State football game. This is always a great time. Her dad is a fanatic! The man will leave at 3:00AM (it’s only a 2 hour drive to Ames) to get in line so he gets his favorite tailgating spot. This year he has aquired the name “Cyclone Doug”. Love it! The food and hospitality are top notch, and I can’t think of anywhere else I would want to tailgate.

The Matthies Family Tailgate!

On our drive to Ames, we saw the usual car flags on vehicles going to the game. That’s great, but the new way to show your spirit, is really dressing up your vehicle, trailer, or rv. We saw a tailgate trailer with “Mobile Man Cave” decaled on the side of the trailer. The ideas in my head started to spin! There were buses with the homemade paint job, next to buses that were professionially wraped with Cyclone spirit! Awesome! I saw an rv that had a custom giant Cy decaled on the back to match it’s paint. Sweet! There were custom vehicle magnets, and a lot of banners telling you whose tailgate you are passing by.

Whether it’s college, high school, or pro teams, it is now possible to show your team spirit as an individual, and not break the bank. Be bold and daring! Get noticed! Give us a call at Rose City (800-316-9122) or visit us on our website (, and let us get you going in the right direction. We would love to help you show your spirit!

Signs That Make You Go Hmmm Vol. 2

It’s that time again folks! Here are some more signs I found that just really make you stop and think!

Attention Business Owners!

I’m sure by now you have heard about the changes we will have to make with our light bulbs. This not only is happening in our homes. Businesses which usually have fluorescent bulbs will have to make changes too. Because of the changes, many energy companies are giving incentives to make the changes now.

Below is a link to a article from Missouri River Energy Services about businesses changing to the new T8 bulbs. The article does a great job of explaining the difference between T12 bulbs and the new T8.

I urge all business owners to contact your energy company to see what kind of incentives they have for you to make the change now. Take advantage of it now while they are offered. If they aren’t offering anything now, ask if they will be in the future. It will be worth looking into!

Tim’s Word’s of Wisdom for the week: One way to keep momentum is to have constantly greater goals.

Have a great week everyone!

Signs That Make You Go Hmm!

We have all seen them. I like to call them “Signs that make you go hmm.”. My only advice to you is – Think before you do anything like this! Please!

I value any comment you have on these, or if you have one you would like to add please let me know. I am always adding to my collection. Keep it clean though!

Boy Was I Inconsiderate!

After posting my blog “Celebrate Independence Day the Vinyl Way”, I had people asking me more questions about barn quilts. I have to apologize because where I live, they are common, and you just assume everyone understands what they are and how they started. So let me explain a little bit more of where they originated and how you don’t have to live in the country to have one!

First the history:

Barn quilt squares came over with the colonists and have continued on in the tradition of the Pennsylvania Dutch. The quilt blocks provided an opportunity to celebrate their heritage. Quilt patterns on barns date back to colonial America. After the colonists became established and had spare income, they painted small patterns on the ends of the barns as a way to celebrate their heritage.

According to Marilyn Carrigan , executive director of the Truman Museum in Truman, MN, “The history of the barn quilt begins about 300 years ago with the arrival of immigrants from the Rhine region of Germany. They came here for religious freedom. These groups included the Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans, and other Reform groups. Many settled in Pennsylvania, especially in Berks, Lancaster, and Lehigh counties.”. The designs can still be found in the Amish communities today. The designs were also believed to protect the farm and bring good fortune.

A woman named Donna Sue started what are now the oversized, brightly colored barn quilt squares appearing on barns throughout the Midwest and East. In Ohio in 2001, she made the first remodeled block of a barn quilt square in honor of her mother and to help a friend draw attention to his business from a nearby highway.

A majority of barn quilt squares are based on traditional quilt blocks. Others incorporate monograms and fancy designs into their block pattern.

So now that you know the history of a barn quilt you may be thinking “I live in town and don’t have a barn.”. Truth is, you don’t need a barn to have a barn quilt. A smaller 2’x2′ or 1’x1′ size is perfect for a shed or garage. I have even seen people put them on a spot of their house that needed a special touch.

I love the vinyl barn quilts that we make at Rose City Canopy & Sign because they are a printed vinyl. For several reasons this is the better way to go when deciding on your barn quilt. By using sign material and not traditional plywood for the backing, our’s are lighter weight, and won’t deteriorate. We use a laminated printed vinyl which will last longer than using paint. Unless you have the ability to access sign grade paint, your paint will not last more than a couple of years, and the color will fade fast. Plus, with the use of printed vinyl, you can design any pattern you want and easily add anything you want to personalize it. For instance, for the quilt I did  for my father, we inserted our family initial and the year the family farm was established. Another family wanted their quilt to represent a windmill, but not use the “windmill pattern”. The beauty of printed vinyl is – free reign!

So think about your heritage, look up what they might have used as a barn quilt pattern. Think about doing a tribute to your parents, grandparents, our someone else special in your life. Add a photo, initial, special date, or use special colors. No matter how you look at it, barn quilts are a colorful way to express yourself, and you don’t have to keep it traditional.

If you are interested in or have questions about vinyl barn quilts please call us at Rose City Canopy & Sign at 800-316-9122 or visit our website at We would love to answer any questions you may have, and get you started on you vinyl barn quilt experience!

Money Saving LED Bulbs

Hello everyone! I’m back. I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July, and are looking forward to having a great rest of the summer!

This article was laying on my desk this morning. I’m pretty sure it was meant to be used as part of my blog this week, so here it is!

From our friends at Nishnabotna Valley REC, here is a great article from their newsletter with cost comparisons of LED vs. Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. For those of you who are still on the fence about LED bulbs (because of the look or cost), this may just change your mind!

Tim’s Quote of the Week:  Achieving goals is the first step in self improvement.