A visit to The Original Print Shop
"It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
Putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace.”-Joni Mitchell.
If you’re a Joni fan you know the song referenced above turns into one of her episodic offerings of angst driven laments to love lost.
But the part we quoted from the start of the song rings true because yes it is indeed ‘coming on Christmas’ and if you are like many out there who eschew Black Friday and barely log on during cyber Monday, you my friend, likely have some serious shopping to do.
We at SWK perceive your present pursuing perturbation and will take a stab at helping by stopping into a few places and hopefully delivering the skinny on some novel gifting opportunities.
Perplexed about presents? Today’s visit may be right up the proverbial personal alley.
A bit over a year ago Steve and Genji LeClair launched The Original Print Shop in downtown Fremont by hosting an epic inaugural peek attended by dozens of community and business leaders and following up with the grandest of grand openings.
Since that time the ‘user-friendly’ enterprise has made its mark in our parts for their exceptional customer service to be sure but most of all for their ability to innovate.
“If you have a vision, we can put it into place.”
Those were the words of Emily Anson who kindly showed us around a bit while patiently answering our queries.
While they are adept at business cards, banners and the usual printing needs , TOPS offers a slew of gifting ideas and the crew who ply their craft at the shop embrace any challenges that come their way.
“We specialize in unique and there are few things we can’t reproduce.”
The shop is loaded with idea items as custom ornaments, shirts, aprons, wine sets, coffee mugs combine with little surprises at every turn. Each item begs to be personalized for the kind of gift that reaches beyond the item and into a heartfelt memory.
We pressed Emily for her favorite among the items and she revealed her attraction to the comfortable looking sweater blankets while of course pointing out the ability of the shop to personalize these and adding “as we can any item.”
But let’s just say you have an idea. A concept, really.
Maybe an old family photo that might bring a laugh when on a shirt or stein, or perhaps an image that bears reproducing in a different format like in a jigsaw puzzle or a Christmas stocking.
“If you don’t know if it can be done, we can do it,” was the phrase Ms. Anson employed.
So, those of you out there who might be weighing a few ideas, contemplating some concepts or nudging along a notion or two?
Here’s your shot at finally bringing to fruition the great idea that most years comes to mind too late to do anything about it. Turning "what I should have done.." into a premier presenting production.
Embrace it! This is your year!
And the kind and clever creators at The Original Print Shop?
They are there for you.
Beginning Monday the store will be presenting the 12 Sweet Deals of Christmas, a candy inspired initiative offering new daily deals a dozen days in a row.
The Original Print Shop is located at 29 West Main Street. They are open 8:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday and from 10am-2pm Saturdays.
Tell them Ken sent you and you will likely hear that familiar refrain…
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