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Today we meet The Print Refinery at Click Incorporated of Vernon Hills. Formerly Click Incorporated Photolab in Libertyville. PR is those online photoshops in brick and mortar. Offering premier photo printing, gifts, and more.
Local Shop Profile: The Print Refinery at Click Incorporated, Vernon Hills
How many pictures are currently on your hard drive? On your phone? Now, how many are on your walls? You went through the effort to take the picture, maybe even cropping and editing it just so, then what? Upload it to Facebook? When the kids want to see pictures do you pull out an album or your phone?
I admit I am so guilty of taking photos, or worse, paying someone to take our pictures and then leaving them on our computer. I haven’t had prints made since last fall, which was the first time in way too long.
If looking at a photo site becomes overwhelming to you, so many choices and options! The Print Refinery is the answer. Their Premier Photo lab is the brick and mortar equivalent of every high-end photo site you have ever browsed. Anything you’ve seen online, they can do too, at a competitive price and with personalized service.
Want photo cards? They can do that!
We had our birthday invites done at the Print Refinery for our son’s first birthday. I designed them myself and used their website to have them printed. They now offer the standard size photo paper cards and multiple high-end paper options, including linen and felt. Not design-savvy? You don’t have to be! With The Print Refinery’s help and templates, you can get a custom photo card that looks exactly like you want it to and fast. Turn around time on photo cards is one day, and if you want cardstock, it’s only a week, plus no shipping fees!
When you walk into their store you can’t help but be inspired. Every month they feature a different local artist on their walls and they have handmade goodies from local artisans throughout the store.
Owner Miranda Jansen said,
“Memories don’t belong in a box, basement, or closet. Display your photos! “
And they have so many ways for you to do it. They have an expanded selection of frames and scrapbooks in their shop and do all sizes of prints. If you are looking for more artistic ways to display your photos they have that too. They currently offer canvases, wood, and metal prints.
The nice thing about having an actual storefront to go into instead of looking through a website is that you can touch and feel the product you are going to order. You can see the difference between a bamboo block print and birch wood. You can look at the metal print and ask how it’s mounted. You can also get ideas from them on ways to use it. For example, I love the look of the metal prints. They are so sharp and striking but a little too modern for my old home’s decor.
Co-owner Nick Gillenwater showed me another application, notebook covers. They come in sketchbooks and notebooks, and they are great. This would make a perfect gift for my artistic son, I could do one of his art images on the front, and he has a personalized sketchbook that won’t get torn up in his bag.
If you are intimidated at the thought of going into a photo store because you aren’t a “real” photographer, don’t be! Nick, Miranda, and all of their staff are beyond friendly and super helpful. With five kiosks available to work on, all you need is to bring a USB or phone with your photos on it. They can help as little or as much as you want and need!.
“ We can assist with everything from creating photo storybooks, archiving old photos & videos, printing images from your iPhone, & holiday greeting cards & calendars”
It’s time to get your photos off your computer and on your walls! Visit The Print Refinery today and make someone’s holidays with a great photo gift.
Disclosure: The Print Refinery at Click Incporporated is a paid advertising partner of Little Lake County, all thoughts and opinions are the writers own. If you are interested in having your business featured please contact us.