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Couple bring their businesses to Sedalia

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Austine Groves is one of those people who seem to be able to do it all.



He runs a landscaping business. He can repair mowers and tractors. He does remodeling construction projects. He welds.



So why not make signs as well?



While he was laid up for about a year with an illness, Groves decided he could do that, too.



So he opened AB Signs & Banners in Slater.



Groves is in fine health again and has moved the business to Sedalia, where he opened in March.



AB Signs is named after the initials of Austine, and his wife, Bobbie. The couple live in Slater but plan to move to Sedalia this year.



Hes operating out of a leased building on East 12th Street that in previous times housed a body shop, an upholstery shop and a flower business. In it is the landscaping business, called Groves Lawn & Home.



And how is the sign business doing?



Surprisingly, good, and I havent advertised yet, Groves said in an interview last week.



He makes conventional signs, banners and stickers, including magnetic ones.



We can make custom sizes, five-feet tall or whatever it needs to be, he said.



Most of the work uses vinyl letters. The letters are then cut out and applied to various materials, depending on the customers needs.



Groves said hes flexible about the work. Though customers will have suggestions, he offers guidance and does a lot of the design work himself.



I like computers. For the most part, I just jump in and things work out.



If the vinyl wont work, Groves showed a sign hed made carved out of wood. And though hes not keen on it, he said he could do hand lettering.



One thing he does not do is create illuminated signs or electronic billboards. I dont have the ladders for that sort of work, he said.



When hes not working on signs, theres always the lawn care business. We do a lot of mowing, remodeling, landscaping, he said. I can do whatever someone needs for lawn maintenance.



He added: I like to be outside, brush hogging. I really like the tractors and stuff.



One of the tractors hes especially proud of is a 1954 Ford tractor, which hes worked on and uses.



Groves said hes looking forward to moving to Sedalia. He grew up in the Smithton area but graduated from high school in Alma. Bobbie is a native of Washington state.



She handles some of the office work, including answering the phone. She cuts out the vinyl letters for some signs and calls on customers.



Austine keeps the books, though.



Hes more of the numbers man than I am, Bobbie said.


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