“Having a driving billboard — a vehicle wrap — is one of the best bangs for your buck, for most businesses.”
– TOM MARSH
Thirty years ago, Tom Marsh started a small sign shop out of the back of his pick-up truck hand-lettering signs for a local company. He learned the craft at his cousin’s shop in Quesnel where he worked after school and during the summers while pursuing his first passion, hockey. After playing on a university team and professional league in Europe, he returned to Canada landing in Salmon Arm as a junior hockey coach.
As the sign industry grew and changed, so did Brushstrokes. Lew Dies, a friend and hockey team mate, joined in 1990. The fledgling sign shop grew into an internationally recognized family-owned sign shop and those same hand-lettering clients, Jade Line Trucking (formerly Hunterline Trucking), co-owners of that junior hockey team, are loyal customers still to this day.
Tom and his wife Jodie’s son Riley, himself a talented hockey player, has followed in his dad’s “skates” and recently returned from provincial junior and post secondary hockey join team Brushstrokes with his girlfriend Taylor.
In the post-game wrap up of his career as he prepares to pass the puck to his son, Tom reflects on the importance of providing a full range of services and products.
“You need to provide whatever your customers need.” Indeed, from branding, to backlit sign and channel letter fabrication, to screen printing, vehicle wraps and awnings — commercial and residential, the once little sign shop with big hockey heart continues to grow and now offers custom embroidery.
Need something? Stop in and view their samples or view their latest projects online via Facebook @ brushstrokesignsandawnings.
Brushstrokes Signs & Awnings
441 7 Street SW,
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1S9