Real Life Business Signs in Medina, Ohio

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Olsen Ziegler Realty

My family and I were going out to dinner early this evening and were driving down Route 18 from Medina to Fairlawn and noticed some rather interesting business signs for little shops along side this busy, 4-lane, 55mph undivided highway:


While I couldn't get a pic of these signs (perhaps next time) as we were driving, I noticed three signs:


  1. It was a honky-tonk little place: Said "Nightly Dancers" and also "Rooms Available" -- Yowsa when you put the two of them together.
  2. Saw a newish retail, small strip building of probably 4-5 divided spaces -- nice stucco, warm paint colors, fresh, and almost entirely empty with big signs in all the windows except the one occupied space by Raymond James and the banners said: Free Rent for 2 years.     I'm thinking, self, I'm moving my biz in there if it's free for two years.  How in the world could that be and they make money?  I would hate to see the fine print on this one.  I wonder how old Raymond James feels paying rent when this sign came up, or perhaps that is why they are there.

  3. Three signs stacked on top of each other: Truck driving school, then Massage Classes, and lastly, Medical Assistant.  We all got a chuckle and surmised: Perhaps the trucker on the road has a sore back, so the truck driver school owner's wife got a book "Massage for Dummies" and opened a new business, train em, then massage em when they come back.  When the masseuse then screwed up the trucker who could no longer drive, perhaps that when the medical assistant steps in.  Perhaps in a few more months, there will be a legal aid services clinic if the trucker goes on disability.


Life is indeed stranger than fiction.


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Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

The medical doctor was probably for when you got the bill for the truck driving school.

Aug 31, 2010 04:05 AM #1
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Chris:  I think sometimes reality is much funnier than fiction.  We couldn't make some of this up, could we?  Oh where our minds roam ... lol


Aug 31, 2010 08:30 AM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Chris, OK but how does the first place fit into that little scenario.  Or are the rooms because you might be to tiered to go home after dancing :)

Aug 31, 2010 02:52 PM #3
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Todd -- Probably not far from the truth...or...a truck driver trainee ran over someone...

Hi Gene -- So true.

Hey George -- I think you are spot on, the proprietors probably saw a captive audience.

Aug 31, 2010 03:07 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hi Chris, I was laughing so hard when I read the first one, it just got funnier as I went along. Jay Leno would love these for his comedy skits.:)))

Aug 31, 2010 06:32 PM #5
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Chris  It would be worth the effort to go back with your camera - the post title possibilities would be numerous

Sep 03, 2010 05:05 AM #6
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Very creative!

Sep 08, 2010 10:03 AM #7
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Endre -- Life is definitely a lot of fun sometimes.

Hi Karen -- You are right, next time I'm there, I will...

Hi Donna -- One never knows what you will find.

Sep 08, 2010 12:04 PM #8
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Would love to see the signs along with this post like Karen stated it would be worth the effort.


Sep 09, 2010 04:51 PM #9
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Chris, These signs are fun and funny.  I like your take on the last group!

Sep 10, 2010 01:51 AM #10
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Loved your story - Here's my favorite roadside sign.  Not sure why it was NEVER corrected. Hard to get good help I guess!!

billboard near Marana

Sep 12, 2010 04:56 PM #11
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Margaret -- Will do next time I'm there and have my camera, don't get over there very often.

Hi Mary -- Thanks, real life is always much more interesting!

Hi Cara -- That is hysterical! I wonder if the buyer of this ad ever bothered to stop by, probably not.

Sep 23, 2010 12:54 AM #12
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