March 6, 2014 · Leave a Comment
by Matt DeLaere, Marketing
|Great Canadians: A moose, a goose, former NHLer John Druce.|
Canada is a large and diverse land, represented domestically and internationally by icons that are instantly recognizable as being from the Great White North. Canadian Geese, moose, the Stanley Cup, poutine, loonies, toonies, toques, and mounties all represent the Dominion. And that’s not to mention the celebrities – everyone from the likes of William Shatner to Keanu Reeves, k.d. lang to the tear-jerking puppy defenses of Sarah McLachlan, originated in Canada. And now, like Rush or the Tragically Hip might do, Stahls’ Canada is embarking on their annual national tour.
From Vancouver to Halifax, the Stahls’ Canada team will be making ten stops, bringing the experience of heat printing to you. In late March the tour will hit Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Regina, followed by dates in Halifax, Moncton, Québec City, Montréal, and Ottawa in late April. Then, on July 15th and 17th, Toronto will host two special events to close out this year’s tour.
At each tour event you’ll be able to talk to Stahls’ Canada’s team of experts, see demonstrations of Stahls’ heat printing and sign making equipment, and enjoy special discounts.
We’ll be featuring the Hotronix® Fusion™ and MAXX® Clam 11″ x 15″ heat presses, the Roland® BN-20 print/cut system, GCC Expert 24 vinyl cutter, and the Heat Press Caddie™ and Caddie Shelves. Plus, we’ll have plenty of information on the new Epson® SureColor® F2000 Direct-to-Garment Printer.
Of course we’ll also have samples and demonstrations of CAD-CUT® heat transfer materials, the new TEK™ line of printable heat transfer material, Stahls’ DMS sign making media, and screen printed transfers from Stahls’ Transfer Express®.
The Toronto events will also feature seminars by Stahls’ Canada general manager Rob Gardiner and Steven Jackson of Stahls’, as well as live demonstrations of the Epson F2000 DTG printer and GCC laser engravers.
Plus, in addition to getting your questions answered and seeing the latest materials and equipment, at each stop on the tour you’ll get a souvenir T-shirt printed on the Epson DTG printer and a free sample of Stahls’ Custom Embroidered Patches. You’ll also be entered to win a free Mini-Tee Sample Ring (a $75 value).
Then there are the discounts, including 5% off all equipment, 10% off all DMS media, buy-one-get-one-free Great Dane Graphics art products, and more.
To learn more about each stop on the tour, get directions, and register, visit our National Tour page.
We’ll see you soon in a city near you!
March 4, 2014 · Leave a Comment
by Matt DeLaere, Marketing
|[Image from http://sheblogsfunny.blogspot.com]|
It’s Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. Maybe you call it Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or Pancake Tuesday, but if you’re in the Detroit area (or anywhere with a large Polish population), it’s Paczki Day. Wait, make that pączki – if we’re going to do this, we might as well do it right.
Pączki are basically jelly doughnuts. But they’re not. They’re better. Fried more. Doughier. Deliciouser. And pronunciation is a perennial battle, especially for the uninitiated. The most common pronunciation you’ll hear is “poonch-key,” while “punchkey” is also popular. From my Polish grandmother (and an email from my mom this morning) the correct way to say it is “poinshki.” But, as the T-shirt at left attests, they’re good no matter how you say it – as is proven by early-morning lines at bakeries around the Detroit area (I was only in line for about half an hour).
And fillings, don’t get people started on fillings! From those who claim that real pączki aren’t filled to those who prefer traditional fruit jams and tut-tut all those fake jelly fillings, you’ll find as many filling opinions as there are pronunciations. While they’re available in flavors like strawberry, lemon, custard, and even chocolate, the hard-liners stick to traditional prune-filled pączki.
|[Image from http://www.mlive.com]|
So, what do doughnuts have to do with T-shirts? Quite a bit, it seems. While holidays like Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day stick out as logical choices for custom shirts, smaller, more localized celebrations produce T-shirts, too. With bakeries celebrating the day, restaurants hosting special dinners, bars trying to make a Polish version of St. Patrick’s Day, and even charity runs (make sure to eat your pączki after the run), there are plenty of opportunities to turn this tradition, or whatever tradition is local to your area, into a big day for your business, too with custom T-shirts, caps, and more.
February 27, 2014 · Leave a Comment
by Matt DeLaere, Marketing
|Shamrock created with CAD-CUT Hologram heat transfer material.|
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Faith and begorrah, the year is goin’ by fast, and that’s no blarney! Alright, I’m pretty much out of stereotypical Irish phrases, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is the time of year when green is keen. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and everything from clothing to eggs to milkshakes to rivers will be dyed green.
To help you fulfill all the shamrock, leprechaun, and top hat design orders coming your way, Stahls’ is offering a discount on four popular green special effect CAD-CUT® heat transfer materials. Now through March 17th, you’ll save 5% on Green Flock, Hologram, and Pebble Puff®, as well as Green Prism Fashion-FILM® Electric*. The discount is in addition to exclusive online pricing and your trade discount.
So celebrate the luck of the Irish and be ready for those St. Paddy’s Day orders with these unique materials.
*Offer applies to US customers only.