The first and foremost function of Columbus Creative Cooperative is to provide support, encouragement and resources to our growing community of writers. One of the ways we pull that off is by partnering with local businesses who offer products that are useful to writers and other creatives – printing, photography, work space… you name it. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship – our writers get an additional value to their CCC membership, and our community partners get to do business with some new and groovy clients. Everybody wins.
To help you get to know our community partners, we’re kicking off a series of interviews with the businesses who are working side by side with the CCC. You can find a complete list of our partners here, but we’re starting off this series with the good folks at Igloo Letterpress.
As their web site describes them, Igloo is a small but mighty letterpress and bookbinding studio, retail shop and commercial printer. In addition to printing nearly anything you can think of (check out their work on Etsy), Igloo also offers classes and workshops on letterpress and bookbinding for beginners and pros; custom printing, and a beautiful gift shop nestled in the heart of Worthington’s historic district.
Owner and ‘letterpress aficionado’ Allison Chapman has poured a lot of love and hard work into her business, not just as a way to make a living, but to honor her grandfather. When she was a young girl, Allison’s grandfather would hand-set and print her poetry on printing equipment that he had originally found in a barn. Although Igloo is now a modern printing operation, much of its products are printed on that very same press.
“I’ve just always had a love of paper, all the things you can do with it,” Allison said. “I have boxes and boxes of the stuff my grandfather printed. It’s important to keep track of that history; I love to see how our technique and skill has evolved over time.”
While any number of Igloo’s services could be useful to CCC members, our partnership with Igloo Letterpress provides you with a discount on the retail side of their business. Just show your membership card in their store, and you’ll receive a 15 percent discount off your purchase. And while you’re there, see if they’ll show you the presses – the aroma of ink and paper will put any writer in a great mood for the rest of the day.
Once again, thanks to the folks at Igloo Letterpress for partnering with us, and for showing us around. It was a great visit – one we hope to repeat again soon. Once you’re done perusing their web site, make sure to follow them on Facebook as well.
Want to see the presses in action?
Click here to watch the folks at Igloo showing off their expertise.