Like most designers, we love change. We get really excited seeing new trends and the latest hot looks at market and quickly bring them into the store where we tweak them to fit our customers. There isn’t a week at TPOYC that we don’t have something new in the store.
But being good at printing invitations also takes experience. Best we can figure, since 1990 we’ve printed at least 50,000 invitations. On every kind of stock you can imagine, with every printing process available – engraving, thermography, offset, embossing, foil printing, color laser, digital, and letterpressing. So we know what works, on which papers, using which printing process or combination of processes. We are not experimenting with your invitation – we know how it will turn out and that takes a lot of experience.
Most of our customers come to us wanting an invitation that is somewhat traditional, but definitely personalized to fit their taste and their event. There are so many ways to customize an invitation. We work with local artists and calligraphers, and craftspeople all over the country who edge paint, hand border, gild, and bevel. And we have access to handmade papers, printed papers, ribbons and other embellishments that will make your invitation different from everyone else’s.
We take great pride in being named numerous times by Baltimore Magazine as Baltimore’s Best Invitations and Baltimore’s Best Stationery. We have been recognized nationally, twice winning the Retailer Excellence Award judged by Gifts and Decorative Magazine and the New York International Gift show.
And nothing starts our day better than logging on email and finding a 5.0 review on weddingwire.com or theknot.com. When we ask new customers how they heard about us, the most common response is that a friend recommended us to them and we love that.
We’re homegrown, not a national chain, so being active in our community comes naturally. Some of our pro bono activities include:
- Supporting the work of the United Way of Central Maryland
- Supporting local charitable fundraisers
- Chairing events and serving on boards and committees – the Alzheimer’s Memory Ball, The Baltimore WOW Festival, the Women’s Leadership Council Forum and the National Stationery Show board are among them.
- Providing internships for local graphic design students. All but one of our graphic designers started here as an intern during college, and then stayed on full-time after graduation.