Igloo Letterpress' Kickstarter Campaign Ends Friday

Jenny Rogers

In 48 hours, Igloo Letterpress will know for certain if they've met their goal of raising $40,000 by the deadline of April 10. "We're looking really good," says Beth Dekker, the Worthington design company's studio director. "We're at 88 percent funding and have just over $4,500 to go. That's not bad at all."

After deciding to make the move from their current location on a side street near the Worthington Inn to the old Zettler Hardware store, Igloo launched their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new community space.

"This is the space we're most excited about … the community classroom and studio," Dekker says. "We were moving regardless, but the (Kickstarter funds) will jumpstart the creation of this space, which will be a nice wide-open area where we can host classes for calligraphy, book-binding and more. It'll be a space where the community can come in and get engaged."

The new community room will be available for private parties, monthly meet-ups and more, says owner Allison Chapman. In its current location, Igloo isn't able to welcome children, due to safety concerns and space constraints. That will change after the move.

"The experience I had as a kid printing with my grandfather gave me a sense that what I was thinking about was important-and that I should share it with other people," Chapman says. "It also gave me a pride in things that I had made."

"We definitely want to welcome younger kids in," Dekker adds. "It's just not something we can do right now, either for shopping or classes. But we want to be able to bring in kids and give them the opportunity to learn about the history of letterpress."

In general, customers can expect a better, more comprehensive experience at the new Igloo location, whether stopping in for a greeting card or wedding invitations.

"We ran out of space about two years ago, and that's when we took over the building next to us for our retail offerings," Chapman says. "That allowed us to get the immediate space needs taken care of, but it wasn't a long term business plan. Seeing the printing process is an important part of the customers' visit; we want them to see that everything they're buying is actually made her. That's why the come in, for the craftsmanship."