The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 1, 2013

Memories by Design opens in south Danville

BY JENNIFER BAILEY
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Owners of Memories By Design, Phil and Cindy Stumph, and employee Sandy Bailey, seem to be able to engrave or put a picture on almost anything.

“We are so excited about our product line,” said Cindy Stumph.

Bailey said when Cindy says, “It’s a one stop shop,” it’s true.

The new business is located behind the South Gilbert Taco Bell at 10 W. 3rd St.

The Stumphs, of rural Danville, started StumphCo out of their home’s basement in 2008. Phil is employed at Tridan International as an engineer, while Cindy also came from Tridan with graphic design experience.

Their creative visions go into the laser engraving for personalized meanings. They also have added “Photo Gifting,” a heat transfer imprinting process to their line of products. They can put photos on wallets, mouse pads, etc.

Also as an extension to the business, the Stumphs purchased the awards and engraving department including the customer history, phone and fax numbers from Danville Paper & Supply.

Business from that department has continued as usual, with no interruption during the move. The only difference is where customers now pick up their items.

Memories By Design, which opened March 11, offers custom laser, rotary and drag engraving performed in house. Items can usually be completed in three days. Product lines include plaques, trophies, awards, ribbons, banners, flags, signs, rubber stamps and various gift items.

Engravings can be completed on corkboard, glass, aluminum and other surfaces.

Bailey, who has experience in graphic design in the awards and engraving industry and is well-known since working at Woodbury’s, said they also work with customers on ideas for items.

Customers can bring in items for engraving, such as a candle, or the store also has frames and other items in stock.

Stumph said the engraving started out as a hobby for her and her husband. Then they started expanding.

“A lot of it was word of mouth,” she said about their expanding business.

The Stumphs looked for a location to open a shop in the city and thought the small building off South Gilbert, which formerly housed the Danville Computer Clinic, was a good location near Interstate 74, for city, county and Indiana customers.

The business specializes in unique personalized awards and gifts for wedding, anniversaries and other special occasions such as graduations, birthdays and sporting events.

Bailey said one customer came in already for a special Mother’s Day gift.

Stumph said engraved flashlights have become popular for groom’s gifts for weddings.

She and Bailey said customized trophies, such as for Wii video game competitions and fantasy sports leagues, also have been popular.

Other items include pet tags and other identification items, such as name plates and tags; garden stakes; luggage tags; various signage such as school banners; engraved barbeque tools set; tile pictures; sports clipboards; wine bottle holders; certificates; engraved rocks; dash plaques; ornaments; key chains; etc.

They also can personalize baby bibs, urns and other items customers bring in.

A grand opening for the business will be scheduled during the second week of April.