Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a happy New Year!

To give our employees extra holiday time with their families, we will have limited hours between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Enfield Hours

Dec 23rdclosing at 2 pm
Dec 24thclosed
Dec 30thclosing at 2 pm
Dec 31stclosed

Springfield Hours

Dec 23rdclosing at 2 pm
Dec 24thclosed
Dec 27th – Dec 31stclosed – calls handled by the Enfield shop

Brattleboro Hours

Dec 23rdclosing at 1 pm
Dec 24thclosed
Dec 27th – Dec 31stclosed – calls handled by the Enfield shop

When the Springfield and Brattleboro shops are closed, calls are forwarded to our Enfield shop. During regular business hours, Enfield staff will be happy to assist with Springfield and Brattleboro orders, quotes, and questions.

We look forward to seeing all of you in 2022!

Time to Hit the Ice!

Time to Hit the Ice!

Those chilly mornings remind us that it’s time for backyard ice rinks!  In our family, Thanksgiving weekend is the time that we secure the boards into the ground.  Then when a hard freeze arrives, we’re ready to roll with the liner and water.  That backyard rink is a labor of love, but it also brings us countless hours of outdoor fun.

If you have a backyard rink, we can print vinyl graphics to customize your ice!  We can print team logos, family initials, or fun graphics.  Installation is easy once your ice has frozen.  We apply the graphics over the ice and then add a coat of ice to hold them in place.   If your rink is in total shade, the graphics won’t create solar melt (soft spots) when the sun heats them.  If your rink is in sun or partial shade, we can apply a layer of Solar Ice over the graphics to keep the surrounding ice cool and prevent solar melt.

We can also create and install graphics for larger indoor arenas.  We can add the logos for recreational and school teams for special events or for the full season.

If hockey is part of your world and you want to customize your ice, reach out and we’ll work with you to create a fun and personalized project.

Winter Styles Still Available

Winter Styles Still Available

This weather is quickly approaching…

…and because of nationwide shortages and delays, the time to order branded winter apparel is now.

 

Ordering now means you’ll have more color and style options.  Fleece items are going fast!

Port Authority Cardigan Port Authority Sweater Fleece
Port Authority Spectator Gloves, Hat, and Scarf CornerStone Winter Safety Wear

 

Our branded winter clothing and outerwear will keep you warm whether you’re on a job site or in the office.  We carry sweaters, fleece vests and jackets, raincoats, scarves and hats, work wear, and safety wear.  You can browse our online catalog or reach out to us and we’ll help you find the right style for your needs.  We’re here to help! 

Getting Gifts Before They’re Gone

Getting Gifts Before They’re Gone

Because of nationwide employee shortages and material delays, THIS is the time to think about holiday gifting.

Waiting until the beginning of the holiday season will likely mean back-ordered items and delayed shipping. If you order now, you’ll have a wider availability of products and colors.

We can add your name and logo to products ranging from lip balm to umbrellas…even snacks and chocolates! 

Some of our favorites this year are sustainable products and cozy items for the winter ahead.

   
Port Authority Flannel Sherpa blankets – available in 4 colors, 50″ x 60″   Hot chocolate on a spoon – includes custom mug   North Face Mountain Beanie with cozy fleece lining – 100% recycled materials
         

 

 

 

We can help you find the right products for employees and customers alike.   If you’re stuck finding the perfect gift for hard-to-shop-for family members, we can help with that too!  Our in-person customer service staff is here to help, or you can browse our online catalogs for promotional products and apparel

How To Create Lawn Signs That Get Noticed

How To Create Lawn Signs That Get Noticed

Though there are dozens of uses for custom-printed lawn signs, the end goal is the same for all of them — to get noticed and motivate your audience to respond in some way. So whether you’re advertising a tag sale, stumping for your favorite candidate, or celebrating a recent graduate, there are rules of thumb you should follow to make sure your signs command the attention they’re supposed to.

Follow Basic Principles of Good Design

You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create attractive and effective lawn signs as long as you keep the following in mind:

Fonts

  1. Choose easy-to-read fonts. In most cases, it’s best to stick with simple serifs or sans serifs, rather than scripts. Script (or cursive) lettering can be hard to read, especially in the short time a person sees it as he or she drives by.
  2. Make sure your text is large enough to read at a distance while driving or walking.
  3. Choose a font color that stands out well against the background. 

Information

  1. Less is more. Communicate what you need to as succinctly as possible — remember a person will only see your lawn signs for a few moments as they go by.
  2. On the other hand, include enough information for your audience to understand what your sign is for and what action (if any) they should take. 
  3. Include an address, phone number, or website to lead your audience to take action or find out more.

Graphics/Photos

  1. A great picture can communicate so much more than text alone, so consider combining graphic elements with your text to make your lawn signs look professional.
  2. Coordinate the colors of your text and background with your logo for a pulled-together look.
  3. Balance the size of your text with your visual elements, so each is large enough to be seen and read clearly.
  4. Using a photo or image as a background can be tricky to pull off well. If you do, make sure the image is transparent enough to keep the text legible.

Choose a Prime Location 

Where you put your lawn signs is critical to getting them noticed. If you plan to post them on your own property, decide what location is the most prominent and receives the most traffic. Place them away from trees, bushes, or other landscaping that may obscure them from view, keeping in mind your signs should be visible from both directions of traffic.

If your location doesn’t receive much traffic, consider placing your signs on a busier street, at intersections, or near shopping centers. Just make sure your neighborhood or town allows that, so you don’t risk getting fined and having to remove them.

Use a Quality Printing Company 

A good printing company will have several options of sizes and materials you can choose from and print your lawn signs in a high resolution with weatherproof inks. If you don’t want to create your sign from scratch, you can work from one of the many templated designs they offer. And, if you’d rather hand over the entire job to a professional, many printers also have graphic designers onsite to work with you to create exactly what you need.

At Minuteman Press of New England, we can help you get your message out there and get it noticed, with fast turnaround times and quality that can’t be beaten. Contact us for a quote today!