About Instant Signs

In 1993 Mike Schaub worked for a large tire distributor based in Lexington, KY. They produced banners, signs and vehicle graphics for tire dealers all over the country. In 1995, Mike and a group of others established Hands On Originals, a company producing screen printed t-shirts and custom signs.

In January 1997, Mike left Hands On Originals and opened a stand-alone full service sign company in the Woodhill Shopping Center in Lexington, KY called “Sign Express”. Two years later, he acquired his largest competitor Instant Signs, on Nicholasville Road, Lexington’s oldest sign shop of its type. After moving that shop to the Zandale Shopping Center, it eventually settled into their current location on South Broadway. At this time, Chad Gaunce came on as a partner in the business.

Today, Mike and Chad Gaunce continue to operate both Woodhill and South Broadway sign shops. The business has grown into much more than the original printing shop. It now handles large-scale construction grade projects including fast food restaurant sign packages, stadium signage, bank changeovers, hi-rise pylon signs and much more. They are proud to produce many of the lit signs & graphics you see all over the state of Kentucky and, in many cases, outside of Kentucky as well.