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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pasadena Image Printing Image

I pulled into the parking lot behind the national chain copy shop, resigned to copy 100 resumes at an exorbitant fee. Then I spied it: two doors down, a banner flew above the rear door of a smaller shop, advertising copies at half the price of the chain.

So I gave Pasadena Image Printing a try. As it turns out, This "small" shop is not so small. They do a booming business in all things print: letterhead, billboards, posters, mounting and more. The staff is professional—you won't find pimpled goth kids here, earning their nose-piercing money. Joseph, the tireless owner, always wears a crisp shirt and tie (and seems to work a 24-hour day). Laura (kindred spirit and graphic designer supreme) created beauteous business cards for me. I'm handing them out by the handful.

And the glass on the self-serve machines is clean. The little things mean so much.

I've never gone back to the chain.

9 comments:

lynn said...

Oh they do indeed. I need business cards too. I must get some done. This place is a bit far for me.

lol.

Petrea said...

Now I must send you a post card, Lynn.

Katie said...

Fun photo! At first glance I though it was in a gym, with a pool in front and workout equipment at the back. That sure is a gleaming counter! Glad you found a local shop to give your business to instead of the big chain.

USelaine said...

Cool reflection!

Jim said...

I ordered business cards online, but nothing beats going into a story and being treated like a person, and by someone who has an interest in the store. I try to always choose local over chain.

And they keep that table mighty clean.

Theresa said...

Petrea,

This is a great picture!! I love the reflection off of the counter.

Petrea said...

Thanks, everyone. I like this one, too. I love to support local merchants and will go out of my way to do so. These guys make it worth my while.

lynn said...

Really? How exciting, i'd love one!

Anonymous said...

Although, the image displayed is courteous on the customer end. Some employees get treated with a inadequate respect. I support small businesses as well. But I do not support wicked lynch-pins.