As a little girl, founder Carol MacColl had always dreamed of running a copy shop. Well, not really. But as a local resident of Northampton, she did realize there was something missing from the area. With western Mass bursting with creative arts and small businesses at the heart of the local economy, it was clear there was the need for a convenient full-service copy center.
In 1989, Paradise Copies was started in the basement of a unique downtown Northampton building on a shoe-string budget and built on the notion of supporting local culture. The business quickly grew into one of the most preferred printers for the five college’s community, as well as a valuable local space for sharing ideas. With increased demand, Paradise Copies rapidly expanded printing capabilities and began employing several full-time graphic artists. And the culture of the business had truly started to mirror the local scene, combining a welcoming open space with fast and diverse printing solutions.
In 2008, Paradise Copies followed a strategic plan to purchase and renovate a larger building just a block away from the original shop. The result is a significantly expanded space with a much needed parking lot, and still within walking distance to town. Along with the move, the company now has the ability to offer everything the big boys do, including prepress, color, digital, large format, offset, finishing and fulfillment.
A customer once called Paradise Copies the “Cheers” of copy centers. As the business continues to grow to meet the demands of a fast-changing digital landscape, it’s our goal to remain accessible and connected to our valued relationships. Call it Paradise Copies 2.0 if you’d like. Now twenty years later, we’ve far outgrown our old basement digs. But we still know where we came from and the same familiar faces keep rolling in.
SOMWBA (State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance) certified
Pioneer Valley Local First member
There’s not much of a science to how we’ve grown over the years. Basically, always be on the lookout for great talent that jives with our culture and shape the business around those capacities. If you think you might fit one of the following openings, or if you have something else to offer within a fast-paced printing solutions shop, we’re ready to talk.
No super hot jobs today, but we’re always on the lookout for experienced design and production folks. Please check back soon for other postings.