I decided to make a special trip out to Burnaby to take a picture of this sign, because I heard from my mother earlier this week that the owner, Helen Arnold is quite elderly and will probably be retiring soon.
Even if you’ve never been inside, you have probably seen the sign for the children’s clothing store. It’s very hard to miss. It’s been a landmark in the Burnaby Heights area since the 1950s and is one of the few authentic neon signs from that era that still remains in the Vancouver area.
But sadly, neon hasn’t been in style for a long time, and Helen’s sign costs many hundreds of dollars per month to maintain. If the store doesn’t remain open under a new owner, the future of the sign is uncertain.
I, for one, would miss it.
The Burnaby Now did a feature on the sign a couple years ago, which can be found here.