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vans-signs-for-package.jpgBY CORY BILICKO
Managing Copy Editor

Tom Barnes unearthed a fragile relic last week when he was in the process of changing out the sign on the front of his Cal Heights B&B Hardware, which is located in the building that once housed Van’s Bike and Key Shop.
“I lifted the canvas cover off and below that was the original Van’s Hardware sign,” he said. “There were some historical preservationists in this area that wanted to keep the signs alive, and I actually brought Albert Guerra, who’s the ex-president of the neighborhood association here, and he was actually going to take the signs, but they were too brittle and too large. I sold the signs to the grandson of the former owner of Van’s [George Van Hazelen] because he’s going to open another bike store.”
Chad Van Hazelen is that grandson who is opening his own bicycle store in a different location.
“I’m going to reopen the shop in the family name. My grandpa and grandma started that in the 1930s. The signs are both going to be used as a frontal sign.”
He is planning to enlist a friend’s help to address the issue of the signs’ frailty.
“I have a friend that owns a sign company, and I’m going to have him give me a hand on what to do,” said Van Hazelen.

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A Sign of the Times