My pal James just made me aware of this.
As well as an article from the Star about Honest Ed’s, a department store in Toronto, still keeping two full time sign painters on staff to do all their distinctive signs. Nice to know that the Mirvish’s have been patrons of the arts in many different ways - from the high brow of theatre to the low brow of sign painting.
This was the best bit in that article:
Take Slash, the in-house, tilted script that’s both stylish and old-timey. When coupled with the signs’ usual flare — Exclamation marks! Emphatic underlines! Unnecessary quotation marks! — even the “Shoplifters will be prosecuted” signs seem fun and friendly.