ST. MARYS - Fourth Floor Graphics, which does full-graphic, high-definition signs, banners, vehicle lettering, wraps, guitar skins, shirts and hats, is holding its grand opening Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its location at 106 South Michael St. in downtown St. Marys.
The business is a family affair, owned by Dave Lowe, his father, Wayne, and his brothers, Tim and Scott.
Dave Lowe said the business will offer various services to the area.
"What we specialize in is high-definition printing. We do signs, banners, full vehicle wraps, vehicle lettering, and we also do our electric guitar and bass skins," Lowe said. "Basically, we're able to take pretty much anything we can take a picture of, design it on the computer, the printer will print it out to look exactly like it. So everything comes out crystal-clear and detailed. I guess basically what we're bringing to the area is kind of like the type of advertising you see in the cities, like all the wrapped vehicles going around and all the fancy signs and stuff, we're able to kind of bring that here.
"We also do clothing. We have our own stuff, and then we can do custom if somebody wants shirts for their business or volleyball team or whatever."
Lowe, who plays the guitar, said the idea for the business was first inspired by him trying to liven up the body of his guitar. The business will design skins, which are similar to cellphone skins, to the customer's specifications and install them on the guitar, or the customers can put them on themselves.
"Paint is permanent. These things here, if you get sick of it in five years, you can peel it off and put another one on," Lowe said.
He noted that while guitar wraps may be done elsewhere, car wrapping is unique to the area.
"Nobody around here does it. You have to go to Pittsburgh to get a vehicle wrapped," Lowe said.
Wraps, primarily used on vehicles for businesses, are made of special vinyl designed to mimic paint, and Fourth Floor Graphics guarantees them for seven years. Lowe said it's a great way for area businesses to advertise, and added that the company is currently offering a weeklong special for wrapping that can be heard in ads currently running on local radio stations.
It takes about a week to get a vehicle wrap design finalized and approved and another week to install it. Lowe said the company will offer delivery and pickup of vehicles for wrapping in Elk and neighboring counties.
In addition to vehicles, Fourth Floor Graphics is also able to wrap many other items.
"What we can do with it is such a broad spectrum. I mean, I've wrapped a refrigerator for somebody in a Pittsburgh Steeler theme," Lowe said.
He encouraged area residents to stop in Saturday during the grand opening, where shirts with graphics designed by his brother, Tim, will be given away, as well as hats, a guitar skin installation and two tickets to the Mayhem Festival in July.
"It's just kind of a chance for people to check out what we're doing," Lowe said of the grand opening.
Fourth Floor Graphics will hold regular business hours Monday through Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m. To contact Fourth Floor Graphics, call 814-335-5686, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.fourthfloorgraphics.com.