Thirty five years ago Jim Martin took a gamble and moved his business Free State Press from Main Street Uptown to West Street. Over the years he has grown the business that started out with a mimeograph machine in a stairwell to a full service printing, copying and graphics business.
Now after 35 years Jim is moving the business again to take advantage of the ever evolving digital age. “Business is changing and we are going after business more efficiently using digital technology,” says Martin.
“Gone are the days when you needed an offset printing press, plates and special permits to deal with ink disposal. Today its all digital. The new machines are much more efficient and faster. In a new green economy people want to know that everything is produced fast and eco-friendly,” he added.
“Gone are the days when everyone would stop by hand you an idea and ask you to create it,” said Martin. Today business is coming to Free State Press on the internet through its website and email, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
Part of updating the business was finding a new, more modern and accessible location. At 115 West Street, across from Loews Hotel, we have more visibility to our clients and continue to provide free parking.
Jim, after spending the last 35 years on West Street, believes it is one of the most business friendly areas in Annapolis. It is filled with a strong diverse group of small, locally owned businesses that are the lifeblood of any local community.
West Street is filled with restaurants, galleries, hotels, banking and investment firms, lawyers and the added fun of street festivals. It is also close to the courthouses, Statehouse, the Naval Academy and City and County offices. The business group here is well organized and works great together. “I want to remain near the pulse of the Annapolis business community and that is West Street.” says Jim Martin.
Free State Press at 115 West Street is open Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:30 and 24 hours a day online at www.freestatepress.com.