By Carlee Frank
It happened –the big event is just around the corner. You need to print about a million invitations that you haven’t had a chance to design yet and the printer has run out of ink. The situation would be hopeless if it weren’t for Springville’s very own custom print shop, located at 42 East Main Street.
Opened in 2004 by Susan Senecal, Anything Printed offers nearly every printing service imaginable and more.
“We have a fax service, a UPS service, graphic design, printing and copies,” Senecal said. “We now can do banners, art prints on canvas, invitations, lots of tickets, business cards, envelopes and anything anybody would need for a business, we can do it.”
Senecal ran Anything Printed out of her home from 1997 to 2004, servicing mostly commercial accounts. However, when Springville Chamber member Tony Miranda mentioned the benefits of having a printing shop downtown, Senecal was inspired.
“My husband and I talked about it and decided to open up down here where we could expand and grow a little bit,” Senecal said.
She worked in a print shop in the 1980s and became familiar with the industry; however, she said she did not have enough control over her earnings to want to stay.
“I decided I was going to do it on my own instead of letting them make all of the decisions and all the money,” Senecal said.
Owning her own shop, she said, is much better, but no down time is difficult. Senecal and one other employee, Vera Marie Stobnicki, run the shop Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The customers, Senecal said, are what make it all worth it.
“I’ve met so many wonderful people down here and I just love working with them. I love helping people out where I can,” Senecal said.
She said she knows nearly all of her customers by name and many have been customers for years. She has helped 12-year-old students with school projects and even has regular customers in their 90s, like a woman named Dorothy who comes in each year to print supplies for an annual dog show.
Senecal said Anything Printed has allowed her to be a part of many people’s stories. One woman, she said, came to her after visiting two graphic design firms that would not print her custom logo the way she wanted.
“She brought it to me and I did it, and she’s used that design for years,” Senecal said. “She’s been a customer ever since because we helped her out when other people wouldn’t.”
Senecal did not go to school for graphic design, but has learned it all of her own. She said she really enjoys this creative side of the business. She also said she wants every product sent out the door to be well done. She admits she is fussy, but said it is because she won’t cut corners on quality.
In three months, Anything Printed made 23,000 color copies and roughly 70,000 black and white copies, which is nearly 100,000 copies not including art prints, banners, business cards or anything else. They have thousands of files on record and hundreds of emails every week.
Ordering is currently done through email and by phone; however, they are developing an online ordering system. Customers will be able to upload their document or whatever they want printed and order prints with no call or email necessary.
“We’re hoping to streamline and keep things better organized –that’s our goal because we’re so busy,” Senecal said.
If you related to the aforementioned printing dilemma, or simply need to make copies, head to Anything Printed; visit their website or Facebook page for more information.