Grafix Shoppe Wraps Crunchs' Ride

Posted on September 26, 2013

Grafix Shoppe recently wrapped Crunchs’ ride. The Minnesota Timberwolves start the season against the Orlando Magic Wednesday, October 30 at the Target Center. Go Wolves!




Posted in Vehicle Wraps | Tagged Minnesota Timberwolves, Vehicle Wraps, Ambulance, Crunch, Graphics Shop, NBA, Basketball, Vehicle Design, Design

Coldwater Police Department Photos

Posted on September 9, 2013

We received some outstanding photos from Sgt. Beeman of the Coldwater Police Department (MI). Joe Scheid of Coldwater Police Department also commented; "This vehicle is a new addition to our patrol fleet as we have traditionally used Ford Crown Vics. The new vehicle package and graphics has a great appearance. Thank You for Your Prompt Service." Thank you Coldwater Police Department for the kind words, and for your business.

Coldwater FleetColdwater Police Charger

Posted in Public Safety Graphics | Tagged Public Safety Graphics, Law Enforcement, Vinyl Graphics, Police, Dodge, Charger, Coldwater

Bringing Concepts to Life (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on September 6, 2013

In Store Displays.Store Front Display.The Solution:

The initial challenge was sourcing 1700 yards of a specific color and weave of muslin to be delivered to our Minnesota facility within 1.5 weeks.  Generally, obtaining this amount of material generally requires an order with a mill outside the US, with lead times of 6-8 weeks.  After scouring fabric wholesalers in New York City’s garment district, we found one whose supplier had enough of the correct fabric in a warehouse in Baltimore. The order was placed and the material arrived on schedule.

The next challenge was the printing process itself. Grafix Shoppe has a diverse and creative staff that works closely together to engineer innovative solutions to complex printing issues. Through teamwork and research and development, we developed a solution to print the toile scene on the muslin for mass production.

Other Maison Jules collateral:

While the muslin was logistically and technically the most challenging part of the project, there were several other items that had to be produced for the 150-store launch.  First of these was the canvas wall covering for the back wall. The graphic design was comprised of the same toile pattern as used on the muslin, to cover a 10’ wide x 8’ high area of the wall which forms the back of the Maison Jules shop.  A newly introduced digitally-printable canvas was ultimately chosen, and the image was color-matched to be identical to the muslin and form (mannequin) used in the shop.

The final collateral element was a canvas banner to be displayed on a custom-made metal banner stand. This was achieved using a commonly-available digitally-printable canvas, again color-matched to the other elements.

A select number of flagship stores with display windows received additional Maison Jules materials from Grafix Shoppe. The stores received custom-made armoires or trees produced by Spaeth Design, world-renowned manufacturer of animated window displays. Grafix Shoppe supplied them with canvas material printed with the toile pattern which they fit and adhered to the props they produced.

Grafix Shoppe works with a number of high profile clients; we are often faced with challenges for large scale jobs, requiring quick turnarounds. We appreciate and embrace the opportunity to offer our expertise on design, print, and shipping challenges that our clients bring to us.  We do not under any circumstances miss in-store deadlines.

If you missed part 1 of the blog click HERE.

 If your business needs help bringing concepts or designs to life, or want to learn more about Grafix Shoppe’s services visit us at call us toll free at 1-888-683-9665.

Posted in Retail Signage | Tagged Retail, Retail Signage, Digital Printing, Samall Business, Fashion, Maison Jules, Display

Bringing Concepts to Life (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on September 3, 2013

Window display featuring the pendants.Backwall display.Unique designs and concepts come through the door frequently at Grafix Shoppe. There are times when clients has a design or concept in mind, but they are not sure what materials will bring the most impact to the design, or how the design can be even be produced. The Grafix Shoppe team excels at listening to clients’ conceptual ideas, and then providing solutions and options for execution of the design. We recently had a challenge from a retail client who was opening a new fashion line called Maison Jules.

The Challenge:
Maison Jules is a French inspired fashion line that launched in a limited number of retail stores on August 1, 2013. The designers wanted an in-store environment to reflect the look of their chic Parisian line. The main design element is a toile pattern that is used on their back wall display, pendant, and banner to achieve a French antique look.

The main challenge to this display was creating fabric for the pendant. The pendant is a wire metal fixture that hangs from the ceiling, from which hang hundreds of ripped strips of muslin. Muslin is a loosely woven cotton fabric selected for its look and feel consistent with the Maison Jules aesthetic. They also wanted the interior ring of muslin strips to have the toile scene printed on them.

We engineered a way to print the toile scene on the light material, Muslin. We had three weeks to obtain the material, engineer and perfect a solution, produce the displays for 150 stores, and then ship them out by the in-store date. 

Challenge accepted.

Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week.

If your business needs help bringing concepts or designs to life, or want to learn more about Grafix Shoppe’s services visit us at or call us toll free at 1-888-683-9665.

Posted in Retail Signage | Tagged Retail, Retail Signage, Digital Printing, Custom Graphics, Graphic Design, Fashion Display