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About "Downtown" Dan

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

DCP Nation Responds to the Earthquake

Just when we were getting into our groove, Mother Nature threw us a vicious curve ball.  Fortunately the team at Downtown Printwear is always prepared for a natural disaster – we even took out cloud insurance:

You can never be too safe when operating heavy printing equipment.  The last thing we want to experience is a misprinted shirt or devastation like the pictures below:

Earthquake Damage Table

Complete Destruction

Earthquake Damage Salt

What a mess!!








Earthquake Shake and Bake

The Show Must Go On!


Revolutionizing Vehicle Advertising

It doesn’t happen all too often that a new product comes along and revolutionizes the marketing industry.  We’ve all noticed advertisements along the side of bus, truck, or even the magnetic door advertisements people throw on their personal vehicles.  Aside from custom detailing there are few options for window advertising – at least few that aren’t permanent.  Toyota presents “Window to the World” – imagine the possibilities if you could easily your message each day or target a new prospect as you arrive for a meeting.  That is just the beginning!

How far away is this reality?  Perhaps we should ask: How far away are we from “mainstream” functionality?  Sure, Bill Gates probably contacted Toyota and has this technology in one of his 32489234o7 cars, but what about “normal” people like you and I?  I say less than 5 years.  We’re due for another revolutionary product.  Every 5-7 years it happens.  By my calendar the last truly revolutionary product was the iPhone.  Can you think of something more revolutionary in the past 3 years?

DCP Nation Representing on the West Coast

It was only a matter of time before word spread to the West side of the country and our friends on the West Coast jumped aboard the DCP Nation bandwagon!

DCP West Coast

Our good friend Chris showing off his DCP swag in San Fran - you stay classy!

Testing Customizable Sponges and Rags

You leave people alone with a bunch of sample products to play with and things are bound to get interesting.  With the assistance of George from Apple Wiper & Supply, we tested the absorbency of a nifty new product.  George knows a thing or two about cleanups.  That comes with the territory when you have 3 boys at home and you manage a second-generation family cleaning supply company that has been around for over 30 years!

We put the free samples to the test.  Of course we didn’t miss an opportunity for shameless self-promotion either.  George and I quickly agreed that a printed company logo, slogan, website, or image on these products will have your customers thinking of you each time they set foot in the kitchen or have a spill to clean up.

(Next time we’ll try to plan the video advance and not look like we just woke up.  Cut us some slack – it was a Saturday morning!)

The products seen in the video are available for custom printing through Downtown Custom Printwear.  Need suggestions on ways to incorporate a promotion like this into your current marketing plan?  Give us a call!

For more information on similar products and a huge selection of products that fit all of your cleaning needs, contact George at Apple Wiper & Supply.  He also maintains an awesome blog that keeps you up-to-date on breaking news and features contributions on a variety of topics that don’t always make front pages – Kid Frank Knows What’s Up!

On This Day: Drowsy Driver Awareness Day

Drowsy Driver Awareness DaySometimes you need to hear it straight from the source!  The team at Downtown Printwear thought it was only fitting for me to post on Drowsy Driver Awareness Day since I’m notorious for my early morning and late evening commutes between Boston and Schenectady.  We all get tired, but there are a number of things you can do while driving to protect yourself and other drivers.  First, if you are too tired to be driving, get off the road!  Pull into a well-lit rest area and take a 1-hour nap.  You’ll feel surprising rejuvenated.  Don’t forget the obvious ones: coffee (or Red Bull if you’re like us), crank the radio, crack the window, and have a jam sesh.  That’s right, jam out while you’re driving.  People will look at you like you’re ridiculous, but it sure beats running them off the road if you fall asleep behind the wheel!

Student AthletesOther Holidays:

  • New Beer’s Eve – celebrates the anniversary of the evening before prohibition ended
  • National Student Athlete Day
  • Army Day – proclaimed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942
  • National Day of Hope – stop child abuse
  • Tartan DayParaprofessional Day – every Batman needs their Robin
  • Tartan Day – a day for Scottish-Americans
  • Teflon Day
  • North Pole Daysee below

Also On This Day:

  • John Astor incorporated American Fur Company, which eventually made him the 1st U.S. millionaire (1808)
  • MoneyThe 1st credit union was formed in the U.S. (1909)
  • The U.S. entered World War I (1917)
  • Varney Airlines (predecessor to United Airlines) made its 1st commercial flight (1926)
  • The 1st Tony Awards were presented (1947)
  • TV DinnerThe 1st TV dinner went on sale (1954)
  • New York City ended trolley car service (1957)
  • Early Bird was launched – the 1st communications satellite (1965)
  • The “designated hitter” rule went into effect in MLB’s American League (1973)
  • Post It notes were introduced (1980)

Birthdays & Remembrances:DJ Tanner

  • Candace Cameron (35), aka DJ Tanner, Full House
  • Paul Rudd (42)
  • Butch Cassidy (1866-1908)
  • Raphael (1483-1520)
  • RIP Raphael (1483-1520)

That’s all I’ve got for your folks.  It’s time for me to hit the road…not too tired of course!

~ “Downtown” Dan

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