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Frederick Street Art Walk

Come see us at the Frederick Street Art Walk

Happening THIS Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  We’re a proud print supplier of the event, and have have unique and artistic custom pieces for you to see!  Art Walk special pricing in effect for tomorrow only, so be sure to stop by!!

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Thanks for visiting, and we hope you have a GREAT day!!

– Jenn & Dan Givlin –
Entrepreneurs, Partners in Crime, Jack (or is it Jill?) of all Trades
You know, everything a business owner is…
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Artals Promotions Inc.
11 Samuel Street, Kitchener, ON, N2H 1N9
Ph: 519.744.5946, Fx: 519.744.7962
Email: info@artals.com
Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!
Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com
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I’ve Been Thinking…You’ve Been Warned!!

A Dan Good Idea - Customer Testimonials

A Dan Good Idea – Volume 1

Yes, I’m tattooed (5 and counting), I like spicy food, and I own a cat who wears a tuxedo 24/7. I’ve also almost died twice (white water rafting, and eating salad on cruise ship), had a near miss (riding motorcross – I swear that tree moved!), and I readily admit I’m a shirt whore (Tommy Hilfiger anyone??). I also believed I was Irish and Scottish, turns out I’m Newfie and Amish.

I do my best thinking between 3am and 4am, used to work for the Guelph mob (but didn’t know it when I was hired), and I have a rather extensive watch collection. I listen to heavy metal (who doesn’t??), but I also enjoy fine wine and Michael Buble (my wine coolers hold “just” 76 bottles).
I’ve broken 3 ribs, dropped an 8 pound sledge hammer on my head, and I won’t out loud admit it …but, yes… I do shave my head, due to a lack of growth.

I started driving snowmobiles at the age of 10, motorcycles at 12, cars at 13, and had both my first sport bike and sports car at 16. Yes, I do know what 260 on the 407 looks like, but I was late for work and I had to get around some trucks. Just, don’t ask how old I was when I did it, because my answer will be “Old enough to know god-damn better!”. Which, surprisingly, is the same phrase my wife said to the poison control centre, when I was too drunk to crawl up the stairs…I think, I’m not quite sure to be honest. The best part of that weekend was the next morning – I couldn’t have a shower, the water hurt too much so I wound up having a bath (in the fetal position) instead. Oh, and what happened to the pumpkin costume that night???

I know a fair bit about construction (my dad used to build custom homes), I know what it feels like when you cut a live wire (stupid electrician got the wrong breaker marked), and I know everything you need to know about plumbing (hot on the left, cold on the right, sh*t doesn’t run uphill). I’m also in the middle of (kids…jump to the next paragraph) finalizing the plans to build a room in our century home that’s going to put 50 Shades of Grey to shame. Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus, and he’s going to see if you’re on his naughty list ;)…

I’ve been told I’m an advertisement for Canadian Tire camping – or, as some call it, “glamping”. Yes, I readily admit I’m only missing one piece of camping gear, a portable hot tub. I’ve also been told, “I love watching him think!”, “No-one thinks at the level that you do!”, as well as, “You never guess, you always make educated guesses.”. But, the most disturbing thing anyone has ever said to me is, “Can you engrave …Well dip my balls in sweet cream, and squat me in a kitchen full of kittens!!… on a wine glass?”.

I know what it means to think too much – I’ve driven to Toronto, Hamilton, and Back – only to realize at some point, “Hey, I’m passing Guleph again!”. I think so much I have to send reminders to myself about what I was just thinking on email or texts.

I’ve sat in a bath tub full of Saskatchewan moor mud (at Ste. Anne’s – NOT in Sask.), I purr when Jenn gives me a back scratch, I love The Far Side comic, I own a coffee pot that makes tea, and I don’t dance like nobody is watching. Well, that’s not necessarily true, I do dance (and sing sometimes) but usually only when nobody is watching, because I’m shy sometimes…

Having kidney stones sucks, Country music sucks more, and The Leafs suck more than both combined. If you drive a pickup truck with balls dangling off the end of a hitch, might I suggest your wife pickup some extra panties for you the next time she goes shopping. Real men don’t need to put their balls on display, real men cook for their wife and tell them everyday how much they love them, and how important they are to them. I have absolutely no idea, why married couples go on separate vacations.
I just thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself to you, and tell you …a little… about what I was thinking. To be honest, I had so much to say (based on what I was thinking) I had to separate my thoughts out into multiple posts…so stay tuned.

And of course, I’ll think of something else the moment I publish this…

…you’ve been warned!! 😉

 

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(Volume:1 Edition:1) Restart…lol…

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Bulova Watches 101

Precisionist Bulova Watch

Bulova Watches

Looking for that special gift for your special someone, or something unique for that over-achiever employee?  …might we humbly suggest a unique time piece from Bulova!  We carry the full line of watches available from Bulova, and if you want them personalized the backs can usually be engraved.

You can find a link to the Bulova database on our website here:
Artals – Our Products – Bulova Watches

Thanks, and have a GREAT day!!
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Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!

Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com

Embroidery, Engraving, Gift Baskets, Plak-It, Printing, Screen Printing, Awards, Trophies, Promotional Products, and so  much more!  If you’ve got a need to have your name or logo on something…chances are, we do that!
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Precisionist Bulova Watch

Crystal Bulova Watch

Frank Lloyd Wright Bulova Watch

 

Contact us today for a free quote!

 

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Awards 101

Swan Art Glass Award Trophy

Awards and Trophies – For Any Occasion

We have a wide variety of awards to suit virtually any need and budget.  We have budget friendly acrylics, absolutely stunning crystal, gorgeous glass, and all sorts of unique individual pieces that can be customized and personalized to you.   We can also create 100% custom awards that are unique and available to no-one else.

You can find more information on our website here:
Artals – Our Products – Awards & Trophies

Thanks, and have a GREAT day!!
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Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!

Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com

Embroidery, Engraving, Gift Baskets, Plak-It, Printing, Screen Printing, Awards, Trophies, Promotional Products, and so  much more!  If you’ve got a need to have your name or logo on something…chances are, we do that!
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Rigel Crystal Metal Star Optic Crystal Award Trophy

 

Swan Art Glass Award Trophy

 

Gold Blue Sunary Acrylic Award Trophy

 

Wave Hockey Male Hockey Resin Trophy

 

Regency Red Plaque

 

Vapour Soccer Crystal Award Trophy

 

Contact us today for a free quote!

 

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Top 5 Client Engraving Requests

Funny Sayings

Our Top 5 sayings that we’ve been asked to engrave are (drum-roll please)…

#5 – I don’t have a bucket list, but my f##kit list is a mile long.

#4 – Redneck Rule #1 – Most things can be fixed with duct tape and extension cords.

#3 – Redneck Word of the Day is “Budweiser”.  “She’s got a nice body, Budweiser face so ugly?”

#2 – We broke up, but she said we could still be cousins.

…and the winner is…

#1 – Well dip my balls in sweet cream, and squat me in a kitchen full of kittens.

This is the reason why, we love customer service ;)…  Happy Friday!!!!!!!!

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Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!

Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com
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Plaque Mounting / Plak It 101

Plak It

Plaque-mounting is a great affordable alternative to preserving those special pictures, certificates, posters and virtually any print item.  The finished process helps prevent scratching and fading, that is durable and easy to clean.

Come into our showroom to see a number of samples, and the variety of options available to you.

You can also find more information on our website here:
Artals – Our Services – Plak-It

Thanks, and have a GREAT day!!
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Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!

Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com
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Contact us today for a free quote!

 

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Printing 101

Business Cards Soft Touch 28pt 2

Print Products

Everyone needs top quality business cards at a reasonable price (how’s 1000 cards printed full colour on two sides, 16pt thick stock with a REALLY NICE matte finish for $47.50 sound??), but did you also know we do high-end luxury business cards too?  Well, let’s just say this …if you need something printed… we do that!!

We print A-Frame Signs, Banners, Booklets, Brochures, 3 types of Business Cards, Calendars, Canvas Prints, Car Magnets, Business Cheques, Window Clings, Coroplast  Signs, Door Hangers, Envelopes, Flyers, Greeting / Seasonal Cards, Labels, Letterhead, Magnets, Multi-Part Forms, Notepads, Post Cards, Posters, Tent Cards, and Tickets.  We also offer full service direct mail services as well!!

And yes, if you need full graphic design services to complete your artwork, we do that too 😉

You can find more information on our printing page here:
Artals – Our Services – Printing or
Artals – Our Products – All Print Products

As well as on our sister company’s website: truprint.ca

Thanks, and have a GREAT day!!
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Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!

Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com
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Business Cards Soft Touch 28pt 2

Business Cards Soft Touch 28pt 1

Business Cards Silk Matte 32pt 1

Booklets

AFrame Sign

Door Hangers

Coroplast Signs

Greeting Cards

XFrame Banner

 

Contact us today for a free quote!!

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Screen Printing 101

Silk Screening

Screen Printed TShirts, Hoodies and More

Got an event that you need some custom tshirts for?  …going on a group trip and you need something wacky for everyone to wear, putting together a fundraising opportunity with volunteers, selling spiritwear for your sports team or league, or just looking for something unique and different?  Let us put our screen printing expertise to work!

We offer a wide range of top quality corporate, individual, team, and unique apparel items.  We stock everything including TShirts, caps, polo shirts, activewear, wicking, work wear, specialty safety, toques, gloves, scarves, aprons, and more.  Be sure to inquire about our embroidery options too.

You can find more information on our screen printing page here:
Artals – Our Services – Screen Printing

If you’re looking for clothing and apparel, you can find more info here:
Artals – Our Products – Apparel & Clothing

Thanks, and have a GREAT day!!
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Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!

Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Laser Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com
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Silk Screening

Gildan Dryblend Youth TShirt 800B

Hi Visibility TShirt TS126R

ATC PTech Fleece Varcity Hooded Sweatshirt F2201

 

 

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Embroidery 101

Embroidery

Embroidery

Embroidery is a great, cost-effective way of promoting your brand, or personalizing a gift for that special someone.  We’ve been embroidering all sorts of clothing (tshirts, polo shirts, baseball hats, jackets, uniforms), apparel (work wear, woven shirts,  active wear), and more (horse blankets, back packs, golf bags, blankets, towels, house coats,  etc.) for over 20 years; let us put our expertise to work for you!!

Our minimum order for embroidery is 1 …yes… just 1 piece, and it doesn’t matter if you have your own article that you want embroidered or if you need to purchase something through us, we’re happy to help.

You can find more information on our embroidery page here:
Artals – Our Services – Embroidery

If you’re looking for clothing and apparel, you can find more info here:
Artals – Our Products – Apparel & Clothing

Thanks, and have a GREAT day!!
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Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!

Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Laser Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com
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Engraving 101

State of the Art Engraving Services

You’d be surprised at what you can engrave these days  – Clothing, Electronics, Fabrics, Film, Foam, Glass, Leather,  Metal, Paper, Plastic, Rubber, Stone (Man Made), Textiles, Wood, and so much more!  We like a good challenge, so if you’ve got something difficult that you’d like to put your personal touch on, just let us know…and we’d be happy to help.

You can find more information on our engraving page here:
Artals – Our Services – Engraving

Thanks, and have a GREAT day!!
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Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!

Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Laser Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com
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Laser Engraving Electronics

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4 Days Later, a 3rd Website is Born!

Waterloo Engraving New Website

Yes indeed, our newest edition to the Artals family …Waterloo Engraving… has a brand new website!  We’ve given it the usual flair and flash that you’ve grown to know and love, and come to expect from us, so be sure to check it out and let us know what you think.

Be sure to watch for random funny stuff being added in the future, kinda like this blog in case you missed it!!!

Challenge Us

Challenge Us

…actually, to be honest, this is how we feel after working practically 28 of the last 48 hours to get this website up and running.  Kinda feels like an all-night-bender, without the fun!  Where’s our wine of the month club when you need it ;).

Please peruse the newest addition to our family at your convenience, and let us know what you think, and tell us WHAT ELSE you’d love to see!!!!  Just click on the image below…

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A little about our Laser Engraving on Leather

Engraving on Leather

Leather is a wonderful product that always creates some unique and interesting looks,   We do leather belts, bags, purses, attache cases, and leather bound book covers, and journal covers all the time.  How the finished piece comes out, is all based on the quality of the leather, and what colours are on the inside.

If what you have though is pleather (fake leather), be warned, this stuff is like plastic and it melts like a hot knife through butter.  Quite often pleather pieces will have a foam backer in behind the top layer to lift it up a bit.  If we laser through the pleather and wind up hitting the foam, well, let’s just say things get a little hot in here and occasionally we have to bring out the fire extinguisher 😉.

If you’re into sports teams, here’s an idea!  We have a number of baseball teams that ask us to customize their baseball glove for the team, kinda like hockey teams to with jackets.  We laser on the kids name, number, and sometimes the position and team.  Sometimes we just put on the kids name, year and the team that they played for, so as time goes on the glove has years and years of memories on it.

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Updated Website – truprint.ca

A New Website for TruPrint Printing Services

In an effort to provide more information to our clients, and in keeping with brand recognition best practices, we gave our TruPrint Printing Services (www.truprint.ca) website a bit of an overhaul.  Have a look, let us know what you think!!

Watch for an overhaul of the Waterloo Engraving (www.waterlooengraving.com) website soon, it’s next on the hit-list!!

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Breaking News – Artals & Waterloo Engraving

Breaking News

Breaking News!

We are pleased to announce that we have merged with Waterloo Engraving as of January 1st, 2016, and are now doing all operations here at 11 Samuel Street, in Kitchener.  Waterloo Engraving will technically operate as a division of Artals Promotions Inc., just like TruPrint Printing Services does.

Offering engraving services is one of the core business offerings, in fact, we used to be known as Artal’s Laser Engraving before we changed our name to Artals Promotions Inc. a few years back.  So, we believe it will be an excellent opportunity for both companies, and a great enhancement to TruPrint.

Breaking News

 

Here’s the official announcement…

Waterloo Engraving has been around for the last 9 years and is well established in KW for providing excellent customer service, and top notch laser engraving services.

Artals Promotions has been servicing KW for the last two decades, and used to be known as Artals Laser Engraving, before making a name change a few years ago. Artals also owns TruPrint Printing Services (a division of Artals) who is proud to have been awarded 2nd place in the 2015 Record Reader Awards.

The benefits of this merger will serve as a foundation for providing a much greater access to a wider variety of services and products to our clients. With these three great brands all under one roof, you will now have access to over 500,000+ promotional products through Artals Promotions, including embroidery and screen printing services, full digital and press printing products from TruPrint Printing Services, and the same great quality and service for engraving that you know and trust from Waterloo Engraving.

Although we will now operate as one company – Artals Promotions Inc., with TruPrint and Waterloo Engraving operating as divisions of Artals – you can still rely on the same personal working relationships that you have had in the past, and you can depend on the same high quality service. We understand that this merger represents a change in our company name, but we want to ensure you that our services will only grow stronger through this merger.

Please note that the existing phone number, fax and email addresses for Waterloo Engraving will remain the same. You will now have the benefit of a larger team and expanded product line for 2016.

Thank you for your past business, and we look forward to assisting you with even more of your projects in 2016.

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

Dan, Jenn and Bill

Family owned and operated for over 20 years!!
 
Three great brands, all under one roof!
Artals Promotions Inc.: www.artals.com
TruPrint Printing Services: www.truprint.ca
Waterloo Laser Engraving: www.waterlooengraving.com
     
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A little about our Laser Engraving on Wood

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Wood Engraving

At the heart of our company is the service that started it all over 20 years ago – laser engraving. With our brand new state of the art laser equipment, we can laser engrave a wide range of materials.

Engraving wood happens to be one of our most favourite types of media to engrave!!

We engrave wood plaques all the time, butcher blocks, memory boxes, signs, doors, pens, table tops, chairs, shoes, baseball bats, clocks, toilet seats, fence posts …you name it.

The trick to working with wood, is to keep the laser from scorching and/or burning. There’s a few different ways we can help mitigate that risk, but one of the easiest ways is to simply not overpower the settings. You can also get different kinds of effects based on the type of wood you’re using, such as pine vs bamboo vs maple.

Laser Engraving Wood

 

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Contact us today for a free engraving quote!

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A Dan Good Idea – Customer Testimonials

A Dan Good Idea – Customers are #1

Customer testimonials are an important aspect to your business, and you should shout them out loud and proud for everyone to read!  True, you can’t please everyone all of the time, but you know the saying:

People do business with businesses they know, like and trust!

Suppose you have a new customer that doesn’t know you yet and they’re perusing your website.  You haven’t established any trust with them, and considering they haven’t communicated with you yet they certainly don’t know you and they don’t know if they should like you.  (Seriously?? …what’s not to like?? 😉 )  Highlighting a well placed customer testimonial, will help establish a little credibility and provide a little education.

Besides…it’s good to toot your own horn every now and then, and people like reading positive news!  So, in case you haven’t had an opportunity yet to see some of our customer testimonials (we have 17 posted), checkout the links below:

On Our Home Page – Near the Bottom – it randomly displays 4 at a time.
On Our Customer Testimonials Page – You can find all of them here.

Ayyy….

 

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A little about our Canopy Tents

Canopy Tents

Canopy Tents

Our canopy tents are printed in vibrant full colour sublimation, and come in three standard sizes on most packages.  Light duty tent packages are our most economical tent starting at under $200, and our most extreme custom tent packages with a more robust steel frame and surrounding walls and flag banners can go all the way up to close to $3,000.  So, let us put our expertise to work for you, to ensure you get the top quality canopy tent you need that suits your budget.

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Today’s Specials – Ogio Backpacks, Messenger Bags, Duffel Bags, Golf Bags, Travel Bags, Jackets, along with Dryframe 3-in-1 jackets!

Today’s Specials – October 8th, 2015

In this edition of Today’s Specials we have a huge variety of Ogio products: Backpacks, Messenger Bags, Duffel Bags, Golf Bags, Travel Bags, a variety of jackets.  We are also featuring a line of Dryframe 3-in-1 jackets as well.

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We’ve been family owned and operated for over 20 years, let us put our expertise to work for you!  Be sure to visit our website for a full list of our services and products.

 

 

Backpacks Duffel Golf Bags

Ogio Jackets

Dryframe Jackets

 

 

 

 

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A little about our Gift Baskets

Elegant Delight Gift Basket

All Sorts of Gift Baskets

We have a wide variety of gift basket options that are suitable for any occasion – Christmas, New Years, Anniversaries, Divorces (they generally involve a LOT of chocolate – and sometimes the occasional Ken or Barbie doll so you can rip their head off ;), Valentine’s Day, Birthday’s, Corporate Events, or …Just Because.

You can choose from our pre-made baskets, or you can create your own adventure by selecting what products you’d like in your gift basket and create a fully custom basket, or we’d be happy to make some suggestions that will suit your style and budget.  One of our personal favourites is a custom wine-lovers gift basket – it includes an engraved pair of glasses, a premium wine opener, decanter, cheese parings (if available), and your favourite bottle of wine (which you supply – because we can’t sell liquor).  But, we can also laser engrave the wine bottle too, if you’d like!!

For gift basket orders of $75 or more we will include free shipping to the location of your choice within Canada.

In addition to this blog, you can find more information about our Gift Baskets on our main site (with more info coming soon!!) under:

Artals – Our Products – Gift Baskets

 

With Love Gift Basket Wine Partner Gift Basket Valentine Delight Gift Basket Sweet Romance Gift Basket Sweet Dreams Gift Basket Savoury Plus Gift Basket Premier Gourmet Gift Basket Little Snacker Gift Basket Lasting Romance Gift Basket Godiva Lover Gift Basket Golden Collection Gift Basket Golden Elegance Gift Basket Golden Impression Gift Basket Gourmet Galore Gift Basket Gourmet Snacker Gift Basket Gracious Gourmet Gift Basket Grand Gourmet Gift Basket Happy Holidays Gift Basket Elegant Delight Gift Basket Divine Ambassador Gift Basket Corporate Delight Gift Basket Classic Collection Gift Basket Brighter Side Gift Basket Bon Appetit Gift Basket Bank of Chocolate Gift Basket Gift Basket - Large

 

 

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The Record Reader Awards – 2 Nominations

Record Reader Top 10 Award Logo

Record Reader Awards

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been nominated in two categories in the Record Reader Awards for 2015!!  Be sure to get online and vote today!!

Click here: Record Reader Awards

Professional Services – Favourite Marketing Firm – Artals Promotions Inc.

Professional Services – Favourite Print Shop  – TruPrint

 

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A little about our Dance Trophies

4 Column Assembled Trophy Award

Dance Trophies 101

Traditionally speaking, trophies that are given away at dance events are custom made to each event.  Here’s a small sampling suggestion of some trophies and ribbons that we typically use at dance events.  And, if what you see here doesn’t tickle your fancy, that’s ok, we have MANY more trophies available including traditional column trophies.  What you see here are our most popular selections, we can certainly give you a few more choices to choose from.

 

Dance Awards, Trophies and Ribbons

4 Column Assembled Trophy Award

 

Custom Assembled Trophies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ribbons

Custom Ribbons

  • Be sure to see our Ribbons page for options!

 

 

 

 

 

Dance Medals

Be sure to see our medals page for more options!

 

Dance Street Tags Medal Medallion

 

Street Tags Dance Medal (AOD)

  • 1.5″  x 2.25″ – $1.65

 

 

 

Other Suggestions

We have a variety of types of dance awards & trophies that can be easily customized:

In addition to this blog, you can find this (and more updates) under:

Our Products – Awards & Trophies – Dance

 

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A little about our Clothing & Apparel Lines

Clothing, Apparel, Uniforms, Sports Team Items …and more!

We offer a wide range of top quality corporate, individual, team, and unique apparel items.  We stock everything including TShirts, caps, polo shirts, activewear, wicking, work wear, specialty safety, toques, gloves, scarves, aprons, and more.  Be sure to ask us about about our embroidery and screen printing options too.

We’ve put together an apparel-only database from one of our major suppliers.  Simply click on the link below to browse our selections, but do keep in mind this is only one supplier we deal with…so if you don’t find what you’re looking for, just let us know and we’ll be happy to go digging for you.
(Link will open a new tab in your browser…)  

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Top Staff Picks

Gildan Ultra Cotton 2000

 

GILDAN® ULTRA COTTON® T-SHIRT. 2000

  • 10-oz, 100% cotton preshrunk jersey knit
  • 7/8″ rib knit collar
  • Taped neck and shoulders
  • Quarter-turned
  • Meets ANSI/ISEA 107 high visibility compliance
  • Adult sizes in S to 5XL in selected colours.
  • Youth sizes under code: 200B

 

 

 

 

Coal Harbour S4001

 

COAL HARBOUR® SNAG RESISTANT COLOUR BLOCK SPORT SHIRT. S4001

  • 6.3-oz, 100% polyester flat tricot micropique knit
  • Self-fabric collar
  • Tagless
  • Contrast colour at side panels and center back of collar
  • Ladies version under code: L4001

 

 

 

 

 

Coal Harbour J7604

 

COAL HARBOUR® EVERYDAY COLOUR BLOCK SOFT SHELL JACKET. J7604

  • Exterior: 100% polyester with mechanical stretch
  • Interior: 100% polyester anti-pill micro fleece with laminated insert
  • 1000mm/1000g/m2 waterproof/breathability rating
  • Contrast colour side and under-arm panels
  • Reverse coil zipper at center front and pockets

 

 

 

 

 

ATC S3519

 

ATC™ PRO TEAM HOME & AWAY JERSEY. S3519

  • 6-oz, 100% polyester jersey knit
  • Tagless
  • Contrast colour panels at shoulders and sides
  • Cationic dye process resistant to colour bleeding
  • Youth sizes under code: Y3519

 

 

 

 

Gildan 1801

 

GILDAN® HEAVY BLEND™ CREWNECK SWEATSHIRT. 1801

  • 14-oz, 50/50 cotton/polyester preshrunk fleece
  • Air jet spun yarn for a softer feel and reduced pilling
  • Set-in sleeves
  • Rib knit cuffs, collar and waistband
  • Quarter-turned

 

 

 

 

 

ATC Y459

 

 

THE AUTHENTIC T-SHIRT COMPANY® Youth Wicking Mesh Shorts. Y459

  • 6.4-oz, 100% polyester mesh knit
  • Full tricot lining
  • Elastic waistband with no drawstring

 

 

 

ATC C1304

 

 

ATC™ CONTRAST TIPPED VISOR CAP. C1304

  • 100% cotton twill
  • 6-panel
  • Micro Velcro® closure

 

 

 

 

Red Cap SY20

RED KAP® SHORT SLEEVE CREW SHIRT. SY20

  • 7.1 oz, 65/35 polyester/cotton ripstop
  • Touchtex™ technology with superior colour retention, soil release, and wickability
  • Suitable for industrial wash, light soil or home wash
  • Easy care durable press finish
  • Convertible collar with sewn-in stays
  • Concealed, no-scratch, 6-button front placket
  • Button-through right chest pocket
  • Left chest pocket with double pencil stall
  • Utility pocket on left sleeve
  • No back pleat

 

Contact us today for a free apparel quote!

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A little about our Annual Plaques

Rosewood Piano Finish Scroll Annual Plaque

Annual Plaques

These laser and rotary engraved annual plaques are unique works of art and can be personally engraved.  And, if what you see here doesn’t tickle your fancy, that’s ok, we have MANY more awards available.

See our Our Products – Plaques – Annuals page for pricing and sizes.

 

Rosewood Piano Finish Scroll Annual Plaque

Rosewood Piano Finish Metal Star Annual Plaque Rosewood Stafford Annual Plaque Thomas Annual Shield Annual Plaque Walnut Annual Pocket Annual Plaque Walnut Finish 2 Annual Plaque Walnut Finish Annual Plaque Black Piano Finish Annual Plaque Rosewood Piano Finish Annual Plaque Rosewood Annual Pocket Annual Plaque Grant Annual Shield Annual Plaque Genuine Walnut Deep Grove Annual Plaque Citadel Cherrywood 2 Annual Trophy Citadel Cherrywood 1 Annual Trophy Cherrywood Small Annual Plaque Cherrywood Medium Annual Plaque Cherrywood Large Annual Plaque Cherrywood Annual with Figure Annual Plaque Black Piano Finish Art Plate Annual Plaque Rosewood Piano Finish Photo Plaque Annual Photo Plaque Black Piano Finish Photo Plaque Annual Photo Plaque Cherrywood Annual Plaque 10x13 Photo Plaque Bamboo Annual Plaque Bamboo Art Plate Annual Plaque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A little about our Optic Crystal Awards

Chesapeake Optic Crystal Award Trophy

Stunning Crystal Awards

We’re in the midst of a MAJOR overhaul with our website, and our most recent update is with our laser engraved crystal awards and trophies.  Be sure to drop by our website and see the changes we’ve made!!  And watch for an upcoming contest announcement – you could win!!

These crystal pieces include paperweights, wine stoppers,  bowls, stars, icebergs,  clocks, and more!

Click here for info about sizing and pricing: Our Products – Awards & Trophies – All Crystals

Note: Links will open a new window …so watch your pop-up blocker if you have it turned on.

Optic Crystal Awards

Chesapeake Optic Crystal Award Trophy Bethesda Optic Crystal Award Trophy Concord Optic Crystal Award Trophy Trenton Optic Crystal Award Trophy

Polaris Crystal Metal Star Optic Crystal Award Trophy Pinnacle Bowl Optic Crystal Award Trophy Osio Optic Crystal Award Trophy Okanagon Wine Stopper Optic Crystal Award Trophy Niagara Wine Stopper Optic Crystal Award Trophy Newcastle Optic Crystal Award Trophy Morningside Optic Crystal Award Trophy Metropolitan Optic Crystal Award Trophy Marquis Square Optic Crystal Award Trophy Forsyth Optic Crystal Award Trophy Galaxy Optic Crystal Award Trophy Gold Harp Optic Crystal Award Trophy Heart Paperweight Optic Crystal Award Trophy Letter Opener Optic Crystal Award Trophy Liberty Optic Crystal Award Trophy Magnifying Glass Optic Crystal Award Trophy Marquis Circle Optic Crystal Award Trophy Marquis Rectangle Optic Crystal Award Trophy Exeter Optic Crystal Award Trophy Excelsior Optic Crystal Award Trophy Diamond Paperweight Optic Crystal Award Trophy Desktop Paperweight Optic Crystal Award Trophy Crescent Clock Optic Crystal Award Trophy Cosmopolitan Optic Crystal Award Trophy Clearview Optic Crystal Award Trophy Citadel Clock Optic Crystal Award Trophy Bellington Paperweight Optic Crystal Award Trophy Blue Harp Optic Crystal Award Trophy Bookman Optic Crystal Award Trophy Burnaby Optic Crystal Award Trophy Carriage Clock Optic Crystal Award Trophy Centura Clock Optic Crystal Award Trophy Chello Clock Optic Crystal Award Trophy Aspire Bowl Optic Crystal Award Trophy Annapolis Wine Stopper Optic Crystal Award Trophy Ambassador Hands with Globe Optic Crystal Award Trophy

 

 

 

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A little about our Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards – For Any Occasion

Greeting cards are a  great way to express yourself – Christmas cards, event announcements, advertisements, wedding invitations, sympathy cards, happy to see you cards, sorry to hear about your divorce but you’re really better off anyways cards …er…uhhh…ya… the possibilities are endless 😉

Paper Types

  • 13pt Enviro Uncoated
  • 14pt AQ
  • 14pt Matte / Satin AQ
  • 14pt UV (High Gloss)
  • 14pt Writable on one side AQ (C1S)
  • 14pt Writable on one side UV (High Gloss) (C1S)

Sizes

  • 5.5″ x 8’5″
  • 8.5″ x 11″
  • 10″ x 7″

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Contact us today for a free quote!

Greeting Cards

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A little about our Standard Business Cards

Business Cards

Business Cards

Have You Heard?
Ever heard those advertisements where they tell you, you can get 250 business cards for $9.99?  Ever also heard, “You get what you pay for.”?  Well, what you’ll get at that price is exactly what you pay for, cheap business cards printed on cheap material, using a cheap printing process.  The paper will very likely be the thinnest stock available with no finish, and printed on one side only.

Our Best Standard Cards
Our business cards are always printed in vibrant colour on two sides, using quality paper with an impressive finish.  We don’t even offer the really thin paper those other companies use for one reason – we wouldn’t be happy with the end result.

Our stock business cards are of the following standards:

  • 14pt Thickness
  • AQ Finish
  • Printed in full colour on two sides.

Pricing for our stock cards are:

  • Qty 250 – $32.50
  • Qty 500 – $37.50
  • Qty 1,000 – $47.50

Other Business Card Stock
Of course we offer other types of cards and finishes.  Here’s some of the other options available:

  • Same day business cards
  • 13pt Enviro Uncoated
  • 13pt Linen Uncoated
  • 14pt AQ
  • 14pt Gloss Lamination
  • 14pt Matte / Satin AQ
  • 14pt Matte / Silk Lamination
  • 14pt UV (High Gloss)
  • 14pt Writable AQ (C1S)
  • 14pt Writable UV (High Gloss) (C1S)
  • 16pt AQ
  • 16pt Matte / Satin AQ
  • 16pt Matte Lamination with Spot UV
  • 16pt UV (High Gloss

Our standard turn around time for business cards is about 5 business days.

Be sure to also check out our Luxury Business Cards!

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A little about our Luxury Business Cards

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Luxury Business Cards

Our luxury business cards really leave an impression!  But, like most luxury automobiles, you do pay a bit more for luxury.  These business cards aren’t your everyday $37.50 coloured cards …no…these cards can have foils, coloured edges, embossing, and many more features.  Pricing starts at $100 for a minimum order of 250, and can go upwards of $1,000 on quantities of 2,500 with all the bells and whistles.

Starting Point
There are 3 styles to choose from, in different thicknesses:

  • Silk Matte – in 16pt and 32pt
  • Uncoated – in 16pt and 32pt
  • Soft Touch – in 28pt

Your Options
From there, you can customize your cards with these options:

  • Coloured Edges
  • Debossing
  • Embossing
  • Hot Stamp / Foils
  • Print on 1 side or 2 sides
  • Spot UV
  • Standard shape, or rounded corners

Turn around times on these cards is approximately 7 to 10 business days, depending on the quantity ordered and options.  Send us your artwork, or have us design a card for you!

Business Cards Soft Touch 28pt 1

Business Cards Soft Touch 28pt 2

Business Cards Soft Touch 28pt 3

Business Cards Uncoated 34pt 1

Business Cards Silk Matte 16pt 1

Business Cards Silk Matte 32pt 1

Business Cards Silk Matte 32pt 2

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Artals Renovations – 2.1

Artals Promotions Inc.

Office Rennovations

A couple of weeks ago we renovated our office area – we gave it some fresh paint, new lighting, new storage shelving, and this past weekend we’re happy to announce that we just finished doing the same thing to the front portion of our showroom.  We’ve got new display cabinets, new lighting, a better layout for walking around, and more opportunities to see and browse some of the products we have featured.   All that’s left to do, is to get our old salt water aquarium up and running again.

Next step, is to complete the ensemble by upgrading the 2nd showroom area.  Plans are in the works for some unique shelving opportunities from Ikea (we LOVE that store!), so be sure to drop in and see what we’re doing!!

And finally, considering we’re located in an old century building, we’ve incorporated some old unique antiques that we recently purchased from 4bidding.com.

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Hot Off The Press – Luxury Business Cards – 16pt to 32pt

Breaking News – Hot Off The Press

Checkout  our new line of luxury business cards!!

  • 16pt – Matte and Silk Matte
  • 17pt – Uncoated
  • 18pt – Silk Matte and Silk Matte with Spot UV
  • 28pt – Soft Touch
  • 32pt – Silk Matte
  • 34pt – Uncoated

Business Cards Uncoated 17pt 1 Business Cards Soft Touch 28pt 3

Business Cards Soft Touch 28pt 2 Business Cards Soft Touch 28pt 1 Business Cards Silk Matte Spot UV 18pt 4 Business Cards Silk Matte 16pt 1 Business Cards Silk Matte 32pt 1 Business Cards Silk Matte 32pt 2 Business Cards Silk Matte 32pt 3 Business Cards Silk Matte 32pt 4 Business Cards Silk Matte Spot UV 18pt 1 Business Cards Silk Matte Spot UV 18pt 2 Business Cards Silk Matte Spot UV 18pt 3 Business Cards Uncoated 17pt 2 Business Cards Uncoated 34pt 1 Business Cards Uncoated 17pt 3

 

You can also get these finishing options:

  • Embossing
  • Debossing
  • Hot Stamping
  • Round Corners
  • Custom Die Cut
  • Coloured Edges

Keep watching our Shop Online – Print Products section for pricing and details on these luxury business cards.  Information will be posted very soon – we’re just finalizing pricing right now, but you can be assured they will be our best price possible!

Artals Promotions Inc.
For more product information, checkout our shop online in these categories:  Engraving, Embroidery, Screen Printing, Awards & Trophies, Bulova Timepieces, Clothing & Apparel, Gifts & Gift Personalization, Glass/Glassware, Print Products, Promotional Products, Ribbons & Rosettes, and more!

Thanks for visiting!

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A Dan Good Idea – Business Essentials 101 – Part 1: Laying the Foundation Electronically

A Dan Good Idea

A Dan Good Idea – Business Essentials 101 – Part 1 : Laying The Foundation Electronically

Whether you’re self-employed or happily gainfully employed, how you promote yourself, your brand, your products and services requires an integrated approach.  In today’s world, it’s not uncommon to have a little friendly competition with similar businesses, but no matter if you’re starting out from scratch or wanting to expand your existing business, there are a few basic things that you need to nail down first.

Be sure to always keep this in mind – the business world revolves around a simple philosophy, you do your best business with those you know, like and trust.  Having those 3 factors takes time to build, so you have to start at the ground level and work your way up.  As part of that ground level foundation, you have to think and actively plan about:

  • Your electronic presence – You of course have to have a website, so how involved is it?  Is it informational purposes only?  Can people buy things from it?  Next, look at social media and decide which  ones will most benefit you?  …and having said that… do you know HOW MANY social media sites there are out there?  It’s mind-boggling, so you have to be choosy.  And lastly, how do you use electronics for communications – newsletters, and/or email distribution?
  • Your physical presence – do you wear a suit and a tie, go business casual, or prefer shorts and sandals?  How about polo shirts, t-shirts, hats, jackets with either embroidery or screen printing?   Do you wear a name tag or not?  And if so, do you go laser engraved or sublimated?  A standard size, or a special shape?  Do you use your logo or not?
  • Your marketing materials – do you have brochures, post cards, or flyers that you can leave behind after a meeting?  What about your business card – do you just take whatever the local office supply store gives you with a basic layout, or do you put a little bit of effort into it and for less price on volume go with full colour on two sides and let your creativity fly?  How about a thicker stock with a matte finish?  What about a folding business card?  Foil inlays?  Do you need a pop-up-banner?  How about something different and use an x-banner instead?  The possibilities are endless.

So, in this installment of A Dan Good Idea, I’m going to go into the details about your electronic presence.  Things to think about from the very beginning, because the decisions you make now, will be the go-forward choice in everything you do and how you run your business.  Keep watching this blog for parts 2 (and likely 3) as a continued thread.

Laying Your Foundation – Electronically

1) Your URL – Choosing your URL and having it properly registered is as important as naming your first born, seriously!  This is the hub that drives your web traffic, emails, sales and communications.  Much like your business name, you want something catchy, easy to remember, and won’t require a dictionary to spell.  Of course you want it to match your company’s name as close as possible, but generally speaking stick with the KISS philosophy – Keep It Simple …uh… Silly.  So, if your company’s name is “Bob Doles Restorations and Renovations”, do NOT have www . bobdolesrestorationsandrenovations . com be your URL …think about it… would you want to type bob @ bobdolesrestorationsandrenovations . com every time you write an email?  Go on, try it once,  see if you can even type bob @ bobdolesrestorationsandrenovations . com once without stopping to think about it.  Clearly you should pick something smaller in a case like this – how about www . bobsrestorations . com, or even bobsrenos . com?  Something your clients will easily remember, can easily type, and something that doesn’t take up acreage on your marketing materials.

Secondly, when you register your URL, make sure your contact information is publicly displayed.  As an example, checkout the “whois” information for our Artals site – Click Here to see it (it will pop a new window – so watch your pop up blockers).  Notice my contact name and information is there?  Now, if you have a URL already registered, do a WhoIs search on your domain and see how it compares.  Just go to whois.com if you have a .com, or go to whois.ca if you have a .ca.

Speaking of “.ca”, did you know if you have a .ca domain, the Canadian Government actually gets involved with the registration process?  Not that it matters, but it does create more red tape sometimes, and it can make for time delays.  So, a suggestion, stick to the .com address as much as possible, even if it means tweaking/changing your original idea for a URL name, shy away from the .ca if at all possible.

2) Your Email – Please do NOT go generic with your email – heremybusiness@gmail.com, or @rogers.com, or @hotmail.com.  It’s not professional, it comes across to some people as being cheap, fly-by-night, or that you’re not serious about being in business.  Seriously, we’re talking small money here – hundreds, not thousands, to get a URL registered and have your email associated with it.  If you’re planning on being in business for longer than a year, get it right from the beginning, get a domain and get your emails registered right away.  You can quite often get your emails distributed through your domain provider, or (like what we use) through Google Apps for Business – the business version of GMail.

 3) Your Website – How times have changed, when websites were first coming on scene you needed to have (or know someone with) a very technical background to build the site, and you needed to be as knowledgeable as Sheldon (from Big Bang Theory) to upload the site, integrate the pages, and ensure everything worked.  Not to mention, you also had to individually code for Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mosaic, or other web-browsers …AND… from there (once mobile devices started) you also had to separately code for them too – BlackBerry, Apple, Android, and more.  And, to add even more complexity to this, social media comes along and blows everything up with a nuclear bomb!!  There are SO many social media sites – Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Stumble Upon, Google Circles, 4 Square, which do you use?  Which do you know?  Which works best?  I think I could write a whole blog story just on social media….but not today.

When it comes to building a website, for a few hundred dollars, you can build your own site, post information and photos, even build an online storefront to sell stuff.  And (here’s the best part!) you can automatically build an interface for mobile devices – cell phones, tables, whatever, no more need to code separately.  You don’t need a coding background to do this, it’s quite easy actually.  Most small businesses can get away with a simple platform, but don’t get me wrong… we still need traditional coders for those complex sites, those fancy graphics, and huge database collaborations.

As an example – take our Artals site, we do all of the electronic side of the business ourselves.  Our online store has over 1,500 individual items in it and growing every week, and we can maintain the content on the site quite easily.  Believe me, if we can do it, so can you…and we can show you how.

And in conclusion…
I just wanted to give you a few “food for thought” ideas when you’re laying the groundwork for your business.  I hope you’ve found this electronics portion to be of benefit, and if you have any questions (or would like to run a few ideas past us) just ask, we’re here to help.

Oh, and did you see this from my 1st Dan Good Idea installment??  If not, you have GOT to watch this video to the end – it’s on my bucketlist!  Anyone else got something crazy on their bucketlist?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwaJwaTyOB4

Connect with me on LinkedIn
Find me here:  http://linkedin.com/pub/dan-givlin

Until next time …thanks for listening!

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Challenge Us – Personalize Something Unique

We Love a Challenge

Here at Artals, we’ve seen a lot of things over the years.  We’ve had people bring in baseball bats, canoe paddles, figurines, leather belts, baseball gloves, chairs, tables, toilet seats (brand new ones…thankfully ;), cell phones, laptops, speakers, you name it…we’ve probably seen it.  People have asked us to engrave everything except the kitchen sink …which really can’t be done.

So, if you’ve got something – a special gift, a keepsake, something you use every day, something that needs new life pumped into it, or something that’s a little weird and you’d like to make even weirder, bring it in …we love a challenge!!

And, no …that’s not Toby in the picture, toilet water is too good for him.  He prefers his water with ice cubes.

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Christmas Is Coming

Wow, it’s hard to believe that the winter weather is approaching.  The snow is starting to fall, the wind is getting a little bit of a nip to it, and it’s time to put away the shorts and sandals and get out the boots, gloves, and winter coats.

It’s also hard to believe that a lot of the retail stores start putting  out their Christmas items before Halloween has even finished.  I’m pretty sure Costco was starting to put up their displays mid-October, which just seems really weird to me.

Here at Artals, we have a wide variety of Christmas gift ideas, Christmas cards, and unique items that will make your holiday season extra special.  We have our engraving equipment on side, so if you’ve got something that’s really special to you (like your favourite bottle of wine) we’d be happy to personalize it for you as well.  You don’t need to buy something from us in order for us to engrave it.

If you own a business, we’d be happy to make some suggestions on corporate gifts for your staff, employees, and customers.

Come by our store and taste a free sample of our Gourmet Chocolate Truffles.  Lets talk about how we can help you today.

JennMe