Print Shop Diaries Ep 1 - A New Way to Help Rescue Dogs BC
A few weeks ago I stumbled across a print shop that was going out of business and all the equipment was up for sale. I thought to myself that this could potentially be a good business move for Dog Days for a few reasons, as well as another full source of income if I set up a separate print shop business to service clients in my local area. So I went and check everything out last week and the seller and I came to an agreement. Yesterday I rented a 20’ uhaul, the 2nd biggest one, and drove north up island to Duncan and we loaded about half the equipment. The list of equipment is quite enormous, it is everything you need to run a successful print shop business with all main equipment and supporting tools. The seller, Mike, and I loaded up one truck full, basically all the smaller stuff that we could lift together, all the paint and supplies and most of the print screens. Rescue dogs bc will be benefited from this new business.
Today I began figuring out where I am going to put all this new equipment. Dog Days currently runs out of my double garage at my home in Victoria, BC. Daniel, the videographer has his own workstation, and I have a separate one as well. We have space in the garage to ship and receive, organize inventory and do a podcast with guests from different animal rescues, or anyone that wants to come on and talk anything dog or animal related, especially rescue dogs bc. We began re-thinking the organization and settled on making the garage the new home for the print shop which makes sense because customers can come in with an appointment and they don’t have to come all the way into my house, which might make them uncomfortable the first time.
So that means all Dog Days stuff is coming into the house and the business is taking over my living space. Oh well, I knew this would happen. The clothing inventory is moving upstairs to my 3rd spare room and the podcasting stuff and Daniel’s station is moving into my living room. There goes the couch, it has to be sacrificed, poor puppy and rescue dogs bc, no more comfy place to sleep downstairs.
This is all only temporary. The print shop will one day have it’s own, more appropriate industrial space. The long term goal for Dog Days is to get a 5 acre plot of farm land where we can have our own animal sanctuary and welcome everyone from the community to come visit. I’m picturing something big enough to hold community events, like a fair ground. And we would have farm animals and a foster home as well. Victoria has such beautiful plots of land all over so it’s a long term, but realistic and attainable that I am setting out for myself. There, I said it, now I have to make it happen!
I’ll share some pics and video of the move in the upcoming vlog this weekend so you can see the amount of equipment that’s coming into the house. I’m excited because now we have full creative control over our products. We can make any sort of color scheme or design that people like, we can test new idea, and it’s all in house! We can also help out local animal rescues and rescue dogs bc and foster care bc by making them their own custom clothing so they can get more exposure.