September 18, 2013
Sweet Pea Print is selected as a "preferred vendor" on for Colin Cowie Weddings
ROCHESTER September 2, 2013 -- Sweet Pea Print has been selected for the
2013 Best of Rochester Award in the Custom Invitations, Favors and Stationery category by the Rochester Award Program.
Each year, the Rochester Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Rochester area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Rochester Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Rochester Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Rochester Award Program
The Rochester Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Rochester area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Rochester Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Rochester Award Program
Rochester Award Program
Rochester Business Journal
October 28, 2011
A childhood love of all things paper and the decision to study graphic design led to a dream career for Samantha McLarney.
The 32-year-old owner and designer of Sweet Pea Print founded her specialty printing business in 2009, but the dominoes
had begun falling in that direction when she was a child, dragging her mother into stationery stores to buy glitter pens and stickers.
"I just love beautiful things and all the fine details," McLarney says.
In 1997 she went to school to study graphic and computer-aided textile design and spent some time as a CAD designer at
Hickey-Freeman Co. Inc. Aware of her love for paper and design work, several friends asked her to design wedding invitations
and note cards.
But it was in 2007, when the man who is now her husband proposed to her, that McLarney began to get a feel for what she
might be capable of. She was unable to find the perfect invitations, so she designed paper goods for the big day.
"That was a lot of fun for me to put a personal touch on what we were trying to convey to our guests," she says.
"We had so much great feedback."
In 2009, McLarney's daughter, nicknamed Sweet Pea, was born and with her the idea to start a new venture.
"During the beginning of that time I designed her birth announcements, and we received great compliments on the design
and I was asked to make some for friends," she says. "I started posting them on social networking, and I started getting
more people interested."
While McLarney declines to discuss company revenue, she says Sweet Pea Print has turned a profit since the beginning, partly
because of word-of-mouth advertising and social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
In addition to wedding invitations and birth announcements, McLarney offers personalized stationery, note cards, business cards
and logo design. Her customers include individuals, small-business owners and corporate clients.
"What makes my company different from other stationery vendors is each one of my products is 100 percent original," McLarney says.
"My design goal is to provide my clients with the best service possible.
I design everything myself, and you won't find my stationery anywhere else."
Her designs vary from the simple to the ornate, from the understated to the bold, she says.
"The choice is my client's, and I make their vision come to life on paper," McLarney adds.
Her job is especially enjoyable because she gets to work with many different clients, McLarney says.
"It's so much fun for me. I'm doing what I love. I like every twist and turn along the way," she says. "I eat and breathe this."
Additionally, McLarney enjoys the ever-changing styles and trends in custom stationery and can use embellishments
such as ribbon and buckles.
Her goals include moving the business to its own boutique with a print shop in the back and adding several employees.
McLarney says she is fortunate to have had the opportunity to stay home with her daughter and start the business, and she advises
other fledgling entrepreneurs to just "go for it."
"I would say just do it," she says. "If you really have a passion for it, it's going to end up working out. I really believe that."
October 27, 2011
RYP bringing young entrepreneurs to Memorial Art Gallery
An inaugural expo featuring cereal and drink makers, web developers, career and life coaches, and other businesses run by the
under-40 crowd is expected to bring at least 200 members of the community to the Memorial Art Gallery Thursday.
More than 30 locally owned business are signed up to attend the Rochester Young Professionals’ free entrepreneur’s expo, with
companiesfocusing on health and fitness, networking, graphic design and more. There will also be a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.
on how to start and grow a successful business in Rochester.
About a year in the making, the expo is showing that “there is talent here and they are happy to be here,” said Rob Speciale, 25,
co-chair of RYP’s professional development seminars and vice president of operations for Beyond Green Inc., an environmentally
safe cleaning product that will be featured at the expo.
The Rochester Young Professionals was started about 11 years ago and hosts regular socials, volunteer and networking events.
It began the professional development seminars a year or so ago.
Monthly programs have featured things like higher education opportunities, seminars on money management, effective
communication with coworkers, how to create a healthy work/life balance and dress professionally, among other things.
Samantha McLarney, 32, started Sweet Pea Print about two years ago and is participating in the expo.
She attended the State University College at Buffalo for graphic and textile design, and now designs and prints paper goods
including greeting cards, wedding invitations and birth announcements. She also crafted the programs for expo.
“I’m really looking forward to networking and to be able to influence somebody else to follow their passion,” McLarney said.
Visitors will be able to network and learn more at information booths for the businesses. Representatives from the
Rochester Business Alliance, the Small Business Council, Memorial Art Gallery Young Professionals and RYP are also expected.
High school students looking to learn more about a career and more established professionals seeking some connections are also
invited to attend.
“This is an event not only for young professionals, but the entire Rochester community,” said Speciale.Hanus is a Rochester-area freelance writer.
May 25th 2011
An Art Deco Inspired Shoot
Photo courtesy of Bellaria Designs Photography. www.bellariadesigns.com
Photo courtesy of Bellaria Designs Photography. www.bellariadesigns.com
Team of Wedding Professionals:
Photography: Bellaria Designs Photography
Cake: Confectionery Designs
Floral and Table Design: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design
Paper: Sweet Pea Print
Dress: Cinderella's Bridal Salon
Tuxedo: Carl Anthony Tuxedo
Hair and Makeup and Hair Accessories: Sara Faella Artist Designer Stylist
Venue: Avon Cinema