I dont even know if people LOOK at the blog. Ive been really busy. But i DID take this really nice picture with my fat boston terrier Dom. Enjoy!
it about time i get thing really pumping out here in the Sun state. Here we goooooo!
One of many cool things about you guys working with me is that you can get your artwork AND printing done at the same place.
So I did this logo for a Kinda new but pretty much established patio furniture store. Then they ordered banners, business cards, tshirts…the whole nine.
So of any of you Arizonians need the whole package, come see me.
Im posting this for a few reasons.
One, i did the shirts. That should be obvious.
Two, this restaurant hold a special place in my heart. I would eat there about once a week. It was walking distance from my shop. I was stumbling through the owners pictures and i saw this anniversary party they were having and it kind of all hit me at once. I really moved far away from home. This type of feeling that i get when i see photos like these ill never have. I mean, 40 YEARS of owning a restaurant, where many of the local people would call a second home. Its THAT kind of diner. A place where people go every day to get their coffee, breakfast and good conversation with Nick Sr. (pictured on the right) I moved to a place that really has shallow roots. Everything is strip mall after strip mall. There arent any diners out here. Theres a Dennys. Theres an Ihop. Theres no place like Red Front, where the owners remember your name, remember your favorite order.
Its a bittersweet thing. Im glad i took a chance and moved away from a place so familiar, but seeing these pictures gives me that SHOCK of realization that im very far away from home. Anyway ill be back there next year and i better have an early bird with beef sausage waiting for me.
So, as i was researching a company to use for my postage printing, i came across an overwhelming amount of negative reviews for Stamps.com. I took them with a grain of salt because alot of the reasons that should be obvious to any one whos familiar with subscription services. So what im going to do is simply tell you my honest experience.
To start off, the reason i started using stamps.com is because i have business doing merchandise fulfillment for various artists around the country. It was torture to use paypal’s native service for a number of reasons. First of all it doesnt do international. Second, when the postage increased they got rid of parcel post, which is about 40% of my transactions.
I wanted something that would be up to date and have all the methods of shipping in the same place.
Now, if youre NOT shipping at least 5 packages a week, this is not for you. You dont really need the convenience that stamps.com gives you. $15.99 per month is not cheap, BUT if youre sending 10 – 100 packages a week, you cant afford to spend the time to putz around. Some of the negative reviews, people have said the service isnt worth it…but it IS if youre shipping alot of small packages.
The scale. OH my GOD the people complaining about the scale. I got my scale LITERALLY 4 days after i signed up. People have said 5 weeks, 2 months. Listen, thats in REALLY rare cases. Dont let these people scare you away. The scale is really nice. its lightweight. Its got a faux brushed steel look to the top, so it looks classy in any office. Its USB powered, which means the power actually comes from the usb cord. Thats rare for a postage scale. They usually need a power cord.
The service has been nothing but adequate. Initially i couldnt buy postage. I called during the day, spoke to an english speaking person (fantastic) and they fixed the problem in 2 minutes. I called again the next day with a question, they picked right up….fixed the problem. I have NO issues with their customer service. Quick. Fast. English.
This is what ill say to wrap up this Stamps.com review. They are an adequate service for what they offer. 16 bucks a month saves me HOURS of labor between worrying about filling out customs forms and waiting in line. Believe me, if you ship alot of small packages its totally worth it.