It isn’t easy moving a business. Ours was in the same Tenleytown location for 25+ years, so as you might imagine, we had gathered many things that either had to be organized, packed and moved, or packaged and disposed of. Plus, since we’re in the printing business, those things that were definitely coming with us — printing presses, finishing equipment, materials and technology — were a bit on the “big” side.
But somehow we did it. The move was certainly tiring and at times frustrating, and there were some injuries! But we were able to keep our business operating throughout the transition from Tenley to Georgetown, during which time we continued to pump out on-time jobs. There was some juggling, of course, but our clients depended on us to finish jobs as promised regardless of what was going on in our world. In some cases we had to print portions of projects in Georgetown, cut them in Tenley, then score and fold them in Georgetown… and then deliver these jobs throughout the Metro area. Yes, all on the same day. When something needs to get done by a certain date and time, our team just does what it takes to make it happen.
We’ve completed the physical move but there are still a lot of things to organize and configure in Georgetown. And after 10 days operating in our new space, a few common issues have arisen that are worth mentioning here.
Finding our Shop
Some customers have had a hard time trying to find us. Since we are in a new place, that’s understandable. But, please trust me… our shop is really easy to find. Even if you don’t know where Cady’s Alley is, if you know where Key Bridge is you can easily find us. 34th Street is the last left turn before Key Bridge as you head West on M Street on your way out of Georgetown. Plus, if you take 34th Street south from anywhere (such as from Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park), if you keep heading south on 34th you’ll eventually end up at our front door. Cross M Street as you go south and within a half block, you’ve arrived.
When you do end up at our front door, you’ll see that we have 2 reserved parking spaces in the pad right out in front of our shop. It’s actually easier to park at our shop in Georgetown than in Tenley, with what became an UBER parking lot in the courtyard at 4000 Wisconsin. Plus, there are no time restrictions at our new place. Come and stay as long as you like! We’ll have a pot of coffee and snacks ready for you.
Unfortunately, some of our customers had trouble trying to find us and park in Georgetown. Hopefully they’ll read this post and decide to give it another try.
Nothing about our service has changed. All of our staff and all of our equipment made the move with us, so we can handle everything in Georgetown that we handled in Tenley. We are still the only full-service, boutique graphic design and print shop in DC that does everything in-house, fast. Plus, we are happy to deliver — FOR FREE — to our clients in Tenley, Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Glover Park, AU Park, Palisades, Friendship Heights, etc. who used to be very close to us and either can’t or don’t want to come see us in Georgetown. We know you’ll come around eventually!
In May 2015, we earned the right (after being a loyal Kwik Kopy Printing franchise for 25 years) to re-brand ourselves as “KKP”, so that’s what you’ll see on the signs here as well as in our collateral and our advertising. We’re still part of the Kwik Kopy Printing franchise network, but we prefer KKP because it doesn’t limit the impression of what we do or are capable of. You can call us whatever you like, just please continue to call! We appreciate your business!
Some customers complained that they weren’t notified about our move. And although we did alert our many mailing list members about our impending move back in October, we did avoid conducting any outreach that might be considered SPAM because, quite frankly, that is a problem WE are sick of dealing with. To turn around and do that to our customers didn’t make sense, as we figured word would travel soon enough — and many of you will find a postcard or other hardcopy notice in your mailbox.
Oh, one final note. We’re in the midst of a big equipment upgrade. On December 21st, a fabulous new press plus a new cutter and other neat equipment will be delivered to Georgetown, and they’ll be coming into our second floor production center VIA CRANE, through a window! They’ll need to close Cady’s Alley for a few hours for this.
If you’re in the area, it might be worth a visit just to see that happen. Please say “hello” if you do come.
Hope to see you, and to continue serving your needs.