Signs of the Times

In the outside, Meissenburg Designs still looks a lot like it did when it was the site of Martin’s Peat, located southeast of Bigfork. Loyd and Laura Meissenburg acquired the property in 2013, with most of the changes occurring inside to accommodate their growing design and fabrication company. The magnificent Swan Mountains rise above the otherwise nondescript buildings, but a visitor quickly discovers that there’s more to the place than first meets the eye.

A two-story glass enclosure, adorned with a 1927 Model-T Ford, a tall “Plumbing” vintage neon sign and a variety of other colorful metal signs, sets the stage for a tour through whimsy and wonder: part Willy Wonka, where amazing treats are made, and part Oz, where a wizard helps dreams come true.