You might call them “signs of the times” that reflect our lifestyles, beliefs and the world around us.

They come in all shapes, sizes and sayings:

• Informative — “This way to the cabin”

• Philosophy— “Believe there is good in the world”

• Humor — “Doorbell Broken. Yell ‘Ding-Dong’ Real Loud.”

These and hundreds of others are available at One Little Piggy Signs, a unique art studio in Hackensack.

One Little Piggy Signs offers customers the chance to create their very own, one-of-a-kind wooden signs, perfect for home, garden and gift-giving.

This spring, owner Emily LaFond of Walker has been busy getting her new studio ready to open May 18, located at 121 Hwy. 371 in Hackensack, across from Udom’s Thai Cuisine.

LaFond offers sign painting parties, hosted in clients’ homes, as well as open paint sessions at her studio.

When a customer books a home party, LaFond brings all the supplies right to the host’s home: stencils, paints, brushes and blank wooden signs in a range of sizes, shapes and stains. Guests have a wide range of designs to choose from. Each attendee pays $30 for the first sign (approx. 12-by-12”) and $20 for each additional sign.

At her new studio, LaFond will be holding Open Paint sessions during the day and Pick Your Project sessions in the evening.

Open Paint sessions will run from 11:30-4 p.m., with options changing daily as LaFond rotates through her designs.

For the evening Pick Your Project workshops, customers will register in advance, state the design and size sign they want, and LaFond will have it ready when they arrive.

“Our workshops don’t require any experience,” she assures, “and each project created is a one-of-a-kind work of heART!”

LaFond was already making custom signs for others when, in late 2016, she decided to branch out and help others learn to create their own signs.

“My dad owned his own construction business and taught at a technical college in East Grand Forks, so I learned from the best!” she declares. “He was always a perfectionist, and he taught me well. I have built houses alongside my dad, and that’s where the woodworking skills come from.  I design what comes to mind, or what others  ask me to make.”

Where did the business name come from? Her pit bull, Piggy, who “snorts like a pig, rolls in anything and eats everything!”

Piggy’s original name was Allie, but when LaFond adopted her at age 6 months, she bought her a stuffed pig.

“When I would ask her where her piggy was, she’d run to go get it, come back, plop down and make snorting noises while she played with her pig!  She’s the best dog I’ve ever owned ... and the best ‘shop dog’ I could ever ask for!”

LaFond is eager to help her customers  create their own unique signs. Store hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 11:30-4:30 p.m., and evening Pick Your Project events start at 6 p.m. Customers can also book private parties at the studio any evening (except Mondays) after 5 p.m.

For more information, including how to book an event, pricing and to view hundreds of stencil designs, visit the website at

LaFond can be reached at or call (218) 536-0083.


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