Guests and representatives of Signarama participate in a ribbon-cutting at the store, at Club Centre Plaza along Illinois 157 in Edwardsville.
EDWARDSVILLE — Two longtime Edwardsville residents celebrated the grand opening of their new business Friday with a ribbon-cutting in association with the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce.
Arif and Karen Pyarali, SIUE alumni and 30-year Edwardsville residents, officially opened their sign business, Signarama, at Club Centre Plaza along Illinois 157.
Shahid Pyarali oversees the day-to-day operations assisted by his son, Safeer Pyarali, and Gloria Selvey. The store specializes in many types of signage including outdoor, indoor, banners, letters and graphics, trade show displays and exhibits, vehicle graphics and lettering and custom business signs.
One of Signarama’s more noticeable Edwardsville projects was the design and installation of the large neon orange Tiger Country sign in front of the EHS Winston Brown Track & Field Complex.
Mayor Hal Patton spoke about the importance of small businesses making an impact and giving back to the community.
“Small businesses are the backbone of this community,” Patton said. “We had a big announcement yesterday (June 2) about Amazon coming with 1,000 jobs. That’s just more opportunity for our small businesses. I met with these gentlemen a couple of weeks ago, and I think they have some wonderful ideas.”
Arif thanked everyone in attendance for their support and looks forward to a positive relationship with the community.
The shop opened for business in 2015 but the formal grand opening took the form of a block party, including business neighbors, Joe’s Pizza, Taj Indian Cuisine and Tropical Sno.
The festivities included sign displays from Signarama as well as food from Joe’s Pizza and Taj Indian Cuisine, face-painting and snow cones from Tropical Sno, a bounce house, DJ music and the Edwardsville Police Department’s D.A.R.E officers provided free fingerprinting for the kids.
Signarama is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (618) 692-0300 or visit signarama-edwardsville.com.