| Tropical Freeze 2019 |

Ice cream, a word synonymous with summer! Our small community is lucky enough to have a wonderful ice cream shop, Tropical Freeze, that offers not only their amazing cones and flurries, but burgers, fries, and more! This year they decided to branch out into a new adventure with a concession trailer! In December of last year the Tropical Freeze crew asked me to help them transform their new concession trailer into a Mini Tropical Freeze. A project that has been very close to my heart these last few months; one this size takes lots of detailed measuring, pictures, graphic design time, tweaking to make it just right, and collaboration!

The base of our project started with graphic design, a field that I love and have been working in for fourteen years. Graphic design comes in many different forms and can be produced in many different ways. Logo design, invitations of all sorts, promotional items, business cards, signs, vehicle graphics, and so much more; but in this case, our graphic design was to create a vehicle wrap for the new Tropic Freeze concession trailer!

We decided to make some logo adjustments and additions, a few font changes, but still kept the color scheme and texture of their current shop!  Once we had the final design created, we placed the layouts onto digital pictures of the actual trailer for alignment, measurements were checked one more time, and we were ready for print and installation! While I have extensive vehicle and sign graphic vinyl installation experience of all kinds, one thing that I have never tackled or been trained in is vehicle wrapping; for this part of the process I called on fellow graphic and sign business owner and friend Josette. Her detailed knowledge of wrapping was the final piece of the puzzle and the icing on the cake! We talked on the phone, emailed, and messaged to make sure the artwork came through just right and to get the install scheduled. In the small business world, fellow business relationships are so important; being able to work together and support one another in whatever form we can is priceless. There is no harm in reaching out to fellow businesses to complete projects, just look at what our two businesses came together to create!

Below you can see the transformation from graphic design to the final wrapped look! I popped out to snaps some quick pictures on my phone before sunset last night(just look at how that golden hour sun hits the trailer!) so that we could share the fun that is to come with all of you!  Our community has been patiently waiting for opening day and now they are one step closer to filling those ice cream machines and flipping burgers!  If you happen to be driving through our small town this summer, make sure you stop for a cone! Thank you to the Tropical Freeze crew for many months of fun creating this wonderful look, see you at The Freeze!

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| Tropical Freeze |

It’s spring!  In our small area that means flowers, green grass, crop planting, and ice cream!  Here we are very lucky to have a local ice cream shop owned by a wonderful couple whom has gone above and beyond to create something amazing!  Not only do they offer ice cream, but burgers, fish, veggies, shakes, and with new things added each year, there is so much to choose from.  They have added a sand volleyball court, play area for the kids, and even updated the outdoor seating, Tropical Freeze is “The Place To Be” from spring to fall in our neck of the woods!

Last month I received an email from Tropical Freeze wondering if I would be able to create a digital print to replace their shark and wave and of course I said certainly!  This shark was originally hand drawn and painted by the owners on plywood not long after they purchased the building and reopened.  Northwest Ohio winters are not always kind to our outdoor decor and the shark and wave had not weathered this last winter well.  This is an important part of Tropical Freeze as the kids love to have their picture taken with the shark, becoming almost a staple for their establishment.

Like many of my graphics projects where something is being recreated, the owners sent pictures of the shark and wave and I set about redrawing and keeping the measurements as close to the original as possible.  I added in a little depth and highlights to give both a little “face lift,” while still being true to the original paint creation and colors.  After a small edit, the art files were sent to the printer, produced, picked up, and I applied the digital prints, inside the garage to help minimize dirt and dust, to two 4’x8′ sheets of thick plastic.  The owners are now going to be cutting around the images to remove the excess plastic and then they will go up in place of the originals!  As soon as they are up I will head out for some ice cream, get some pics, and share with you the final look!  If you are in the area, make sure you stop out for great food and friendly service at Tropical Freeze!