They call their new office a Creative Cultural Center, as it is not only print shop but also features an art gallery, conference room, and small coffee bar. Their vision is to provide the community with an upscale and creative place to hold local events and meetings. Organizations such as the local Christian Business Network, the Community Foundation of Charles County, and the local football association have already begun meeting in the center. Quality Printers knows that these meetings are signs of greater things to come and believes that this space will create itself as a catalyst for change within the Charles County area. The ultimate goal having local companies supporting each other in as many ways as they can and beneficially increasing revenue within the small local business community.
“It's all about working together as a community network,” said Joe Namyst, owner and founder of the 30 year old company. “If we are going to get out of these tough times, we must understand that we are not fighting this battle alone. We have always done what we could to support the community through volunteering at local organizations and events and by providing a non-profit fundraiser for our clients. When we were told that we had to move from our old location, it became clear that Quality Printers had to not only support the community through our printing and volunteering, but also by providing a studio that supports group thinking, creativity, and design. Local companies are becoming the next group on the “endangered list” as we continuously are giving away local revenue to the large corporate chains. I think it is time we reversed that trend. We have always provided the highest quality of printing products for the Southern Maryland area, and now our vision is to provide superior experiences and relationships for the community while continuing to offer our excellent print product.”
The print shop is undoubtedly a unique experience, from the upside-down window display, to the company logo made up of thousands of thumb tacks, and the giant word search in the bathroom. Additionally, one of the most unusual aspects of this stylish studio is that it was renovated utilizing mostly re-used materials purchased locally from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Use Store, Craigslist, and other misc vendors. Namyst commented that using reused materials, “Saved the environment and my wallet!”
The studio's large gallery space is currently featuring the textile artist, David Frank. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, June 3rd and is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. Furthermore, it will be open for special viewings on Friday, May 13th and 20th from 6:30- 9:00pm. The artist will be in-house on May 20th for a brief discussion about the artwork (refreshments will be served). Admission is free, but Quality Printers suggests that visitors bring food items to donate to the Southern Maryland Food Bank; they are in great need of items such as canned vegetables and fruits, macaroni and cheese, tuna, rice, soups and stews, and other non-perishable pantry items.
Quality Printers can be contacted about community events, fundraisers, or any of your printing/design needs at 240.349.2953 and on the web atwww.qualprnt.com. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and by appointment only on the weekends.