Affordable Signs & Banners Inc. Celebrates their 25th Anniversary

July 27, 2014 11:04 PM | Anonymous

Del Ray’s Affordable Signs & Banners is celebrating 25 years in business with promotional offerings and an Open House on Tuesday, August 5 from 5pm – 7pm. Longtime customers or individuals curious about what they have to offer are encouraged to stop by and join them for a beverage and a piece of cake.

Originally from Detroit, Ken Boland moved to Virginia in 1988. When the direct marketing firm closed the sign division Ken was managing, he decided to set out on his own. With a $5,000 start-up loan and a leased vinyl cutter, Ken launched Affordable Signs & Banners. Foreseeing the future potential the Del Ray neighborhood offered small businesses, Ken searched for four years before he found a suitable storefront and moved the shop from his tiny basement to a 1,000 square foot space in the Potomac Square Town Center on Mt. Vernon Avenue. It was in this space that Ken and employee, Ray Williams cheerfully served the business community for over 13 years. 

In addition to ordering or picking up signs, many regular customers would make a point to stop in and say hello or linger to discuss sports and current events. Although Ray has since retired, most customers from those early days are still customers today.

As Ken’s reputation for providing excellent customer service and quality products spread throughout the Washington, DC area, business boomed and Affordable Signs & Banners required a substantial expansion. Still in Del Ray, Affordable Signs & Banners now operates in a 4,800 square foot facility in the Oakville Industrial Park. To keep up with customer demand, the staff has grown from two to eight employees with most living in Alexandria. 

The inevitable development of the Oakville Triangle will soon have Ken looking to purchase a building for Affordable Signs & Banners’ next location. However, due to residential development pressures, industrial space in the area is now almost non-existent. No matter where their next location will be, providing excellent customer service and quality products will remain Affordable Signs & Banners’ number one priority for the next 25 years.

To learn more about their products and services, visit To R.S.V.P. and get directions to the Open House, call Jessica at 703-836-4199. 

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