Monday, January 30, 2012

George Zienowicz the "Sign Man"

George Zienowicz

We take lots of things for granted as we travel in our busy lives.  Some of them are the signs that let us know what we are looking for.  In the Trenton area George Zienowicz is responsible for A LOT of them.  George has the look of someone who Hollywood would mark as a biker, a Harley guy and he is.  However don’t let that discourage you and lead you to miss out on a local craftsman/artist and businessman.

I had the privilege to meet George a few months ago at his old office.  The location was just off of Hamilton Ave near the Wirerope district.  The red brick building screams character and a perfect fit for George, I thought.  After a brief introduction George let me take a self guided tour around his shop.  I felt like I had the keys to a museum-like storage area for signs.  The tools and equipment are as various as the businesses and organizations George does work for. 

Old wood tables that have produced years of signs, a digital table and hand tools all to help make signs out of practically anything!  Don’t be fooled into thinking only signs, this craftsman is a fabricator and visionary as well.  Ask him to show you a few of his functioning projects for the shop.

Fast forward to Fall of 2011.  George has moved…..WHAT!  Only around the corner though, to a more functional space.  This new location gives the feel of reality show shop space. 

Think of the motorcycle building t.v. programs.  The creativity that happens here is the same that so many have come to expect from George, and I don’t think anything will change in the future. 

In closing, you now know of another member of the Trenton365.  You have seen his work whether you know it or not, now get to know him.  As always thank you for visiting, recommend someone and let the subject person know you saw him or her at
202 East Canal Street 
Trenton NJ, 08609

Monday, January 23, 2012

Who/What/Where/When??? is this Trenton350!

Good day to you all.  Thank you to the brave souls who heard my first introduction about Trenton350, went to the link and started following.

Who is the Trenton350?  A collection of diverse people who want to see Trenton be better, and are willing to act on this belief.  We understand policy is needed, however action is our way.

What is the Trenton350?  The story goes like this, beginning several years ago over a nice pool party a discussion began about positive happenings in Trenton.  This led to a discussion as to why we see the same people all over Trenton doing lots of positive things!  We then thought it's about 350 people in Trenton doing most of those things, and what else could be done if they were organized and focused on a specific project?  This morphed into 350 new residents of each of the following groups; 350 young adults, 350 retirees, etc.  Hey that would be a critical mass.

Where is the Trenton 350?  We are a community!  What community you may ask?  Well our community is anyone, anywhere we come into contact with!

When is the Trenton 350?  Right now, this is the best time of our lives, so we are going to make it work.

Consider these few things;
Trenton is less than 2 hours from the mountains, beach, New York City and Philadelphia.
Trenton has history, it is the birthday place of our country!
Trenton has good housing stock that is below market value.
Trenton has a diverse population.
and on and on.

So what you may say, Trenton is just like any other Post-Industrial city that has faded.  Well knucklehead, this is where I am and where I am willing to try, will you and yours join me?

In closing GIT so we can meet in person, chat about Trenton350 and what our plan is.