Grafix Shoppe Fleet Graphics

Posted on March 7, 2016

Grafix Shoppe's rebranding is finally complete with our Fleet Vehicle Graphics. We have carried a consistent look over our three company vehicles emphasizing three of the most important elements of a vehicle wrap for a small business:
 

  • Brand Identity
  • What We Do
  • Contact Information
 
We are very excited to get these vehicles out on the streets of the Twin Cities! 
 

Grafix Shoppe Fleet Graphics

Grafix Shoppe Fleet Graphics

Grafix Shoppe Fleet Graphics

Grafix Shoppe Fleet Graphics

 

 

Posted in Vehicle Wraps | Tagged Fleet Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Wraps, Small Business, MN

Twin Cities Pride

Posted on August 4, 2014

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Twin Cities Pride

The Twin Cities Pride parade is a major event in Minnesota every year for the LGBT community. The event brings the Minneapolis/Saint Paul community together commemorating diverse heritage, fostering inclusion, educating and creating awareness of issues, and celebrating achievements in equality. The event is open and inviting to everyone in the community, providing a safe environment in which individuals feel free to celebrate their relationships.

Grafix Shoppe has been a part of this event the past few years through one of our business partners, Resonate Live Marketing. Resonate Live Marketing is a team with over 60 years combined experience in designing, executing and measuring award-winning brand immersion events. We have long history of working together on the graphic and dimensional elements for a wide variety of events.

On this particular event, Resonate Live Marketing designed an innovative float for that parade which included the participation of the audience at the event. The walls of the float where designed similar to puzzle / coloring book mash-up. The walls had 4” x 4” cutouts of an outline of an image. Each wall had over 170 squares given out to the audience for them to draw and put back on the float. This meant the community had a hand in the design which came together like a quilt, showing the diverse fabric of the neighborhood.

Our challenge was to print and construct a durable float that could be taken apart with some ease after the parade and be set up at the park for people to take pictures with. Through trial and error, our team was able to engineer the float matching their art renderings, and fulfilling their desire to transform it into a standing structure in the park.  We enjoy working with Resonate Live Marketing because of the creative and challenging projects they send our way. At Grafix Shoppe we view ourselves as problem solvers, and we can never have enough problems to solve.

 

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Event_Marketing_Graphics

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Posted in Event Marketing | Tagged Minneapolis Pride, Twin Cities Pride, Event Marketing, Problem Solving, Design Solutions, Event Solutions, Event Signage, Signage, Parade Float, Custom Fabrication, Design Execution, Small Business, Saint Paul Pride

Small Business Big Results

Posted on March 27, 2014

Being a small business can be tough in today’s economy especially if you are in the Printing Industry. Grafix Shoppe has been around for 25 years and has seen the highs and lows of the market. One thing has always remained the same for Grafix Shoppe, and that is our philosophy is to aggressively compete for business while delivering a quality product no matter how quick we need to turn a job around. To be able to deliver on this philosophy you need a phenomenal team backing it up.

In the world of event marketing there are plenty of times when you need printed promotional materials at the drop of the dime. It is hard enough doing the creative groundwork in a tight window, but often times the most stressful part of the process is finding a print vendor that you can trust to get the job done, on time, the correct way. Grafix Shoppe may be the vendor that you are looking for.

Here is an example.

STX, a global sports equipment manufacturer based out of Baltimore, MD approached Grafix Shoppe in an immediate need of a graphic removal and new graphics for their RV for the “Let’s Play Hockey Expo” in Saint Paul the weekend of March 7 and 8. Here is the timeline:

  • The design files were sent to Grafix Shoppe Friday evening the week before the event.
  • Our designer came in on that Sunday afternoon to set up the print files.
  • The graphics where printed Monday.
  • The RV arrived Monday night.
  • Our installers arrived at the Shoppe at 4 a.m. Tuesday, working around the clock removing the old graphics and applying the new graphics in a 48 hour window. Every nook and cranny on the RV was completely wrapped the right way, and the RV looked amazing check out the photos below.

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STX was able to pick up the RV Thursday morning to make it to the River Center to set up for their booth at the expo. Grafix Shoppe was able to deliver on this job through the hard work and dedication of our team. If you are need of a big job done the right way with quick turnaround Grafix Shoppe is here for you to help ease your stress.

Our capabilities include:

 Contact us today for a quote or to learn more about our capabilities, or call us toll free 1-888-683-9665.

Posted in Vehicle Wrap | Tagged Vehicle Wraps, Banners, Vinyl Decals, Custom Fabrication, Small Business, Large Format Printing, Direct Printing, STX, Event Marketing

President Mike Donovan highlighted in ProActs Annual Report

Posted on January 21, 2014

 

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Grafix Shoppe President Mike Donovan and Grafix Shoppe were written about in an excellent article in the ProAct 2013 Annual report here is an exerpt;

Leadership, flexibility and production knowledge are a few of the highlights for William Ruse at Grafix Shoppe in Eagan, where his supervisors have witnessed a personal transformation resulting from his work. The family atmosphere was a welcome change for Ruse. Some companies simply want the product done and don’t have  concern for the individual, he explains. “Here they care about you.”

The employee works on crews of two or more, scraping excess material from acrylic lettering and other sign related handwork. Ruse’s case manager had recommended him for an independent job, but he prefers the group environment offered through work enclaves.Site Supervisor Sandy Vang is well-liked by Ruse. “Who’s your favorite staff, Willie?” she asks. “That would be Sandy,” he responds.

Having nicknames for employees is a tradition maintained by Grafix Shoppe President Mike Donovan, who said he wants people to be included. “They (ProAct workers) are fully integrated into our culture, with jerseys, shirts, jackets, hats– they’re totally part of our culture,” he said.

“It’s good for this business to have a relationship with ProAct, and seeing the results of these men and women, it’s gratifying,” Donovan said. The company leader said work is dignity, no matter who a person is or what they do. “It’s doing something that’s productive.”

ProAct, Inc. is an organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities and other challenges with a wide range of client services that enhance employment skills and self-sufficiency capabilities.

If you are interested in viewing the complete newsletter click HERE. The article is on Page 4.

Posted in Grafix Shoppe | Tagged ProAct, Small Business, Job Creation