If you've walked around Gowanus, you may have noticed the teasing sign in the basement window before, the one that reads, "I Only Want You to Love Me" in yellow neon. That is the home of Lite Brite Neon Studio, a collective of designers and craftspeople who run one of the foremost shops of its kind in the city, supplying artists as well as commercial and cultural clients with all of their neon needs since 1999.

Yesterday, as part of Open House New York, Lite Brite invited the public inside their bi-level work studio and showroom, and the happy guests got to poke around the charmingly chaotic space and watch glass tubes getting shaped, formed and filled with gas. (You can get a quick tutorial on how neon lights work here.)

The demonstrations were lively and informative, the array of signage (both neon and regular) delightfully large and varied, and the artists on hand welcoming and chatty with their visitors. Definitely keep this place in mind for next year.

Lite Brite Neon Studio is located within the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street in Gowanus.