In Downtown Watertown, A Sign Snafu

In Downtown Watertown, A Sign Snafu

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Businesses in at least one downtown Watertown building are having trouble getting the word out - about who they are, what they do.

At the Franklin Building on Public Square, there are six shops, but according to the people who run the shops, Watertown has a city rule which permits only one sign on the outside of the building.

"You have all these shops in here that have no representation outside," said Jason Comet, owner of Watertown Piano Lessons.

Comet said he often has to flag down customers.

"It disrupts our work flow during the daytime. I certainly can't run out while I'm teaching and run out to the sidewalk and wave somebody down."

Just down the hall from Comet's shop is Kevin Hoover's Wine Lounge.

Hoover said many customers think the Franklin Building is just apartments.

"I feel the need every time someone comes through this door to show them that we have 5 or 6 other places in the middle atrium part, and 90 percent of them have no idea that there's businesses even in here. They just think that it's apartment buildings," said Hoover.

The Building is owned by Neighbors of Watertown.

Comet said a representative from the ownership group is working with businesses and the city to solve the problem.

The idea is to get permanent fixed signs that would hang of the outside of the building, but until then, Hoover cautions  "There's nothing to show there's businesses inside here."

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