Tampa Yard Greetings Sign Up for Palma Ceia
Emily L. Hay Hinsdale
Palma Ceia, what are you celebrating this month? New baby? Graduation? Birthday? Lightning win?
Whatever the occasion, Palma Ceia residents Anne and Brett Bloomquist are ready to help make the moment unique with Tampa Yard Greetings.
Tampa Yard Greetings features signs that can share any message, from announcing a new baby to asking a date to the prom! The 24-hour sign rentals start at $65 (they offer neighborhood, military, and MOST discounts) and include installation and removal – when you wake up in the morning, your announcement will be on display in your yard.
The Bloomquists launched Tampa Yard Greetings in April. Celebratory yard signs are something that Anne remembers seeing in Texas and Oklahoma, where she grew up, but didn’t see a good variety in local options when the couple moved into the neighborhood last July. “We talked about doing this for so long,” says Brett. “So finally we said, let’s just do it!”
The couple connected with local printer, Good Guy Signs, to collaborate on their varied signs, which include a full alphabet, flamingos, Lightning bolts, hearts, stars, and more. Brett built the giant wooden baby announcement storks himself.
Anne, a real estate agent, takes care of marketing and taking orders for their new business. Brett is on a brief working hiatus as he transitions from his career in the Navy to a private sector job with Ernst & Young – he calls himself “the labor” for Tampa Yard Greetings, a role he’s enjoying.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Brett says. “It always brings a smile to people’s faces.”
Palma Ceia has proven an effective home base for a new business. Brett says neighbors are always asking about the yard signs. He’s also frequently had people recognize the company logo on his hat and car and stop to talk. Anne is pleased to be able to use the signs to support the community – the Bloomquists donated yard sign displays to Humane Society and Ronald McDonald House events, as well as to Teacher Appreciation Week celebrations at area schools, like Roosevelt Elementary and Coleman Middle.
Brett says he likes the way the signs create connections in his neighborhood. “It’s an instant way for people to meet. It’s a talking point that’s fun.”
The Bloomquists will be setting up their own stork sign in June when their 15-month-old son, Carter, and Brett’s son Kiptyn (7), get a baby sister. Palma Ceia is the ideal spot for a growing family and growing business, the couple agrees.
“Work brought us here, but the neighborhood and the community will keep us here,” says Brett. “We love this area,” Anne adds. “We’re putting our roots down here.”.
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