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We’re So Thankful for You – We Thought We’d Do Something Special to Prove It

“An offline solution purveyor who doesn’t print and send an awesome dimensional mailer or even a card to show appreciation for its clients on Thanksgiving,” you say? Bingo. This year, instead of putting our creativity and resources into a cool mail piece or delicious pie delivery, we decided to raise the bar and focus on thanking those in our community who have given just about all they have left to give – senior residents of the Little Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart Home in Oregon.

On Sunday, November 9th, Homewood’s leadership and staff volunteers attended mass, served lunch and called bingo for guests of the home, all in the name of our customers. Don’t get us wrong – printing and mailing are in our DNA, but our psyche can handle sending an online greeting this year and placing our energy into a truly worthwhile cause. As we all know, in the big picture, giving thanks frequently involves giving back. Regardless of what some football coaches and a certain college president may say, no one can beat the Little Sisters of the Poor, especially when it comes to compassion, care and love.

If we don’t have another opportunity to tell you in the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving from Homewood!

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From left to right:

Stacey Belkofer, Rita Cardone, Brian Barton,

and Mario Cardone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right:

Stacey Belkofer, Scott Dubuc, Brian Barton,

Ernie Zuccarell, Emily Dubuc, Dan Curson

and Mark Dubuc.

Homewood Tees Off in Support of Franciscan Living Communities

Homewood was proud to sponsor the inaugural golf outing of the Northwest Ohio members of Franciscan Living Communities, held in September at the Catawba Island Club. Franciscan Living Communities is a Catholic elder care organization sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, and provides comprehensive and spiritually enriching senior services through its member organizations.

In addition to event sponsorship, Homewood fielded a team that finished a respectable 8-under par. After a day on the links under ideal weather conditions, participants enjoyed a buffet dinner featuring prime rib and Lake Erie perch, and, most importantly, the satisfaction of having supported an extremely worthy cause.

 

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New Equipment = Higher Capacity, More Solutions

Chances are you’ve heard the timeless response of “pick any two” when inquiring if your print supplier can meet requirements for a “fast, high quality and cost-effective” project. Thanks to the addition of a new Heidelberg Linoprint press to our equipment portfolio, Homewood can now deliver even quicker turn times and potential savings at the same impeccable level of quality you’ve come to expect from us – plus, a new bindery option to enhance the image of your literature.

The Linoprint proved its worth right out of the blocks, enabling Homewood to fulfill an urgent need of a client’s customer for a limited quantity of catalogs from an overall run of 25,000 for use at a trade show. The press not only provides Homewood with another solution for short-run and fast-turnaround jobs but offers options and efficiencies that can actually improve the overall graphic design of your next project, such as inline square-edge bindery. The square-edge fold provides a perfect-bound look, giving booklets and brochures a higher-end appearance and allowing the capability to print on the spine. Contact us today for more information. We would welcome the opportunity to show you samples or host a tour so you can see the Linoprint in action for yourself!

 

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Homewood How-to/Halloween Edition: Help Prevent Pumpkin Putridity!

With Halloween just around the corner, many of you will soon begin picking out pumpkins to carve for home and workplace decoration. Here are a few tips to help keep your Jack-O-Lantern jaunty through the holiday and from turning into a scary, stinky, gooey gourd before you return to the office on November 3rd.

• Mold and dehydration are Jack’s worst enemies. Covering the fleshy, carved areas and interior of pumpkin with petroleum jelly will help keep it from drying out and slow mold growth. Also avoid displaying it too close to heat sources, vents and ductwork.

• Other options include spraying the interior with a store-bought pumpkin preservation spray or mixing your own by adding a small amount of bleach with water in a spray bottle. Spray the interior of the pumpkin daily with the bleach mixture to prevent mold and slow decomposition.

• It’s a good idea to keep a plate or cookie sheet under the displayed pumpkin just in case some seepage occurs.

Even with taking these precautions, a carved pumpkin will only last for a week or less, so it’s best to cut your pumpkin no more than a few days before your Halloween festivities.

 

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Working Smarter

If you’re a designer, production manager or the person responsible for coordinating print projects at your organization, following a few simple steps can make your job easier and ensure the results are what you expect. To simplify the process, we’ve developed two checklists to use when requesting quotes and submitting art files.

While it may not cover every situation or design consideration, using the following list as a guideline will generally define project specifications and eliminate guesswork or questions during the estimating process. Regardless of the provider selected to fulfill your project, Homewood recommends coordinating with your print representative to see if they can offer an alternative or better way to achieve your objective.

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Local Firm Takes Brand Image, Communications to a Different Dimension

Do you wish you could make one call that could lead to the transformation of your current corporate image to one that conveys innovation and edginess? Thanks to 2-Scale, you can, as demonstrated by company president Sharon Skilliter during an overview and tour she provided for Homewood personally earlier this month.

She explained how the company evolved from primarily a designer and builder of trade show exhibits to an organization acknowledged among Fortune 500 clients and small businesses alike as an expert in creating memorable brand touch points. Today, in addition to ideating, constructing and managing exhibits from its 25,000 sq. ft. Holland facility, 2-Scale’s capabilities include developing branded environments such as corporate reception areas and workspaces as well as interactive displays ranging in size from a table top to a full-scale 2-story home mock-up.

At the tour’s conclusion, Homewood’s president Scott Dubuc remarked: “2-Scale has closed the loop in delivering end-to-end dimensional solutions – planning, printing to a variety of media and substrates, then building or installing the resulting product. With image being so vital to attracting and retaining not only customers but top talent, they are certainly unique in enabling customers to extend their brand from workplace to showroom floor.”

To learn more, visit www.2-scale.com2scale_logo

Homewood Brings Home the Hardware

Our own spikers of State Line Road captured best dressed honors at AdBASH 2014, contested earlier this month at The Docks. After a couple of preliminary round victories, we were eventually bested on the competitive front by teams with superior firepower and vertical leaping ability. But, no one could top the haute couture of our wind turbine-inspired logo, blue and orange jerseys, accessories and tutus! #stylepoints

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Everyone Loves a Good Card Trick

If you’re looking for a way to make a lasting first impression, check out our new tear-off business cards. Interactive, innovative and practical, they’re sure to get the conversation started and your contact info retained. Please contact us if you are interested in getting a quote.

 

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August Testimonial

Hi Mark,

Once we learned that Bishop Donnelly wouldn’t be long for this world, I knew I wanted to work with Homewood Press because of the great success we’ve had with you in the past.

It is always a pleasure working with Paul Juhasz, but this project proved to me that Paul is a true professional in every way. Not only did he expedite everything he could for us, he was calm through the entire process, no matter what obstacles we came across. Not only that, but he offered alternative solutions when we asked the impossible.

Beyond Paul, I know the rest of the crew had a huge role in making sure the programs and holy cards were printed and ready to go before visitation began today. Quotes were delivered to me quickly, proofs were ready in almost no time at all and I was kept in the loop during the entire process.

I’m sure your prepress, press, finishing staff and delivery crew had to juggle other jobs to be sure ours was ready in time, and words cannot express how grateful I am for that.

I also have to mention that when I was looking at the electronic file this morning for some information about the services, I found a typo. As you might imagine, I was horrified. But when I received a copy of the finished book, the typo had magically disappeared. I can only imagine one of your eagle-eyed staff caught that for us!

A simple thank you seems so inadequate for what everyone did, but please accept the simple thanks I can offer to you and kudos to everyone who had a hand in this job.

Gratefully,
Angie
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Leading Local Photographer Hosts Homewood

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Eric Eggly Photography recently hosted Homewood leadership, sales and design representatives for an overview and studio tour. Recognized by brand leaders such as Ford, BP and Forbes, purveyor Eric Eggly, accompanied by his wife and studio manager Sandy Santini, provided background on his business and a portfolio review, followed by a facility tour and Q&A.

Homewood participants included president Scott Dubuc, sales manager Paul Juhasz, and offline solution team members Chelsea Arndt and Kyrsten Dubuc. “We always welcome the chance to connect with others who help businesses promote themselves, and appreciate the time Eric and Sandy spent sharing their story and educating us,” stated Scott Dubuc. He continued, “Before meeting him, I was only slightly familiar with Eric’s talents, namely his hauntingly cool portraits of the local roller derby team, the Glass City Rollers. I came away from the tour extremely impressed with the breadth of his creativity for renowned clients like Audi, Converse and the Detroit Red Wings. We’re fortunate to have a photographer of Eric’s magnitude in Toledo, and now as part of our network.”

To learn more, visit ericegglyphotography.com