Igloo Letterpress expands to the historic Snow House in Worthington


1421101_10151787400168341_1620838511_o (2)It’s hard not to be enthralled with Igloo Letterpress. From the owner’s story about inheriting her grandfather’s printing presses, to the charming Worthington carriage house where they are housed, this is a captivating business success story. Igloo Letterpress is a letterpress and bookbinding company that knows what it takes to thrive in a digital world.

Knowing this, it’s not surprising to learn that earlier this year Igloo Letterpress had completely outgrown its space at 39 West New England Avenue. That’s when owner Alison Chapman and her studio director, Beth Dekker, set out to find a new location. “We visited 60 spaces in central Ohio—all within the I-270 loop,” Dekker said. “We did not want to leave Worthington necessarily. The physical structure of the carriage house is great for our heavy presses; it is built on a cement slab, and it has a double door.”

In early September, after an exhaustive search, Igloo Letterpress expanded to the historic Snow House, located only a stone’s throw from the original location. Finding a space next door at 41 West New England Avenue was nothing short of a miracle, according to Dekker. Today they use the nearly 200-year-old building, which is also the oldest structure in Worthington, as a retail space, book bindery and party/workshop area, freeing up more space in the carriage house for the nearly five tons of printing presses.

The Snow House

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features a wide selection of gift items from Igloo Letterpress and various artists. At the bookbinding bar, you can choose your own book cover, pages and colors, and a bookbinder will show you how to bind your own book. Or, you may want to rent the party space for a party, workshop or teambuilding activity like creating your own personalized stationery. “We love having parties here,” Dekker said. “From the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, to birthdays and anniversaries, it’s a really fun party area.”

Today the Snow House, which is named for its best-known owner, John Snow, seems like the perfect fit for Igloo Letterpress, a company that is dedicated to preserving history through its printing presses. “It’s really fun to have people come in who have seen the Snow House stand empty for almost a decade,” Dekker said. “It really is a beautiful building.”

For more information about Igloo Letterpress and the Snow House, visit iglooletterpress.com.

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