Faces of Fairfax City: Printing Ideas
Whether you’re starting a business or announcing your wedding, you can count on Printing Ideas to provide the printed materials that will be the start of your success!
Printing Ideas is a 5-star printing service you can trust to get your order completed quickly, professionally, beautifully, and on-budget. No job is too big or too small: they print posters, banners, signs, business cards, invitations, brochures, and much more. They offer guidance and consultation so you can be assured your completed order will be even better than you imagined.
Contact Steve at Printing Ideas for a quote or a consultation, and be on your way to success!
Tell us a little about Printing Ideas.
We provide printing, signage, and direct mail services to small- and medium-sized businesses, non-profits, and local government organizations. We are a family-owned business and try to provide the best service possible to our clients.
What makes Printing Ideas unique in Fairfax City?
We are a family run business and have been operating at the same location and building in the City of Fairfax since 1977.
What encouraged you to take the leap and get started?
We have been in business for 44 years (45 in 2022). My parents started in the graphics/typesetting business back in the mid-1970s. They saw a need for printing services in the Washington metropolitan area so they expanded from typesetting into printing.
What inspired you to open a business in Fairfax City?
The first location was too small to handle both graphics/typesetting and printing. A larger location was needed that was close to Washington DC. The City of Fairfax was a perfect location to start and open Printing Ideas.
What do you enjoy most about having a business in Fairfax City?
I like the old town feel. We do work for a lot of local businesses and eventually you get to know a customer who knows or works with our customers. I feel we can help local businesses and organizations achieve their goals and I enjoy seeing everyone succeed.
How has Printing Ideas changed since its opening?
The technology has changed tremendously. Everything was done piece by piece and by hand back in the late 1970s to 1980s. Even about 10-15 years ago, certain print jobs would take 2-3 weeks to complete. These days, with the advancement in technology and newer machines, we can complete the same job in a few hours. Also, almost everything is done electronically these days via email or the web so things get done and turned around much quicker.
What do clients say they love about Printing Ideas?
Customer love our customer service. We get to know our customers and their business. We have some customers that have been with us for over 30 years. These days, most customers need their print and sign jobs right away. A majority of our jobs are completed and shipped within one to two business days. Customers love that we can meet their tight deadlines.
What are some of your fondest memories or biggest successes?
We do work for a lot of local high schools and George Mason University. It’s great to work closely with the local schools also see a college like GMU grow over the years. We also like working with some of the local non-profits in Fairfax.
What’s next for you and Printing Ideas?
We hope to expand our signage business. Also, invest in new presses so we can provide quality print work in shorter amounts of time.
Are there any fun facts you would like residents and visitors to know?
Our building use to be a grocery store before becoming Printing Ideas. If you are a long-time Fairfax City resident, you will also remember the Pam E K’s donut shop next to us.
When you’re not working, where in Fairfax City do you like to spend time?
I really enjoy spending time with my kids and watching them play their sports.
How can people follow you on social media?
Our website: https://www.printingideas.com/