Going Local: The Copy Shop
Bill Edwards started working as the manager of Nelson’s Copy Shop at 519 N. Main Street in downtown Bloomington in 1964. Today the business, now named The Copy Shop, remains a successful and creative source for printing, copying and graphics.
Bill’s wife, Bev, is head of Human Resources and Accounting, a role she took on in 1986. The couple actually lived above the previous Main Street location until 1970.
From 1976 until 1998 the business had two locations with the east side branch located at 1340 E. Empire Street. “I thought we needed to go east as many downtown stores had done,” Bill said.
When the business consolidated back to one downtown location, the East Side customers followed, and soon a bigger location was needed. In 2002, they acquired and renovated their current location, which is over 7,000 square feet, at 302 W. Washington Street in Bloomington.
The building has many distinctive features, including a tin ceiling in the front showroom, wood floors and exposed brick walls. “Every day we enjoy our new building as a great place to operate a business,” Bill said.
For many years The Copy Shop was known for making blueprints, but the company eventually convinced local architects to switch to white prints, which became standard until the late 90s. The company now has wide format printers the can print on many different materials including vinyl, canvas and paper. Customers went from hand drawings to digital files to AutoCAD. “Our digital copiers can print, collate, face trim and hole punch all in one operation,” said Bill.
“The internet makes our business very competitive, but we believe we are creative and offer excellent customer service,” he added. The Copy Shop also gets a large amount of business from wedding invitations and other customized printing.
“I want to thank all of our wonderful customers, who have supported us over all these years, as we continue to improve and offer new and better ways to communicate their ideas.” Bill said.