Catherine Dounies & Greg Dounies

Hall Letter Shop

What started as a one woman secretarial and mailing business back in 1963 has developed into a local mainstay business that also sells printing nationally. From the very beginning, Hall Letter Shop was a printing and mailing company, even when it wasn’t popular for printing companies to provide mailing services. For 53 years, this company has grown with the community.

Rosedale Highway facility
Rosedale Highway facility

Capabilities have increased dramatically since the stencil and mimeograph days. Using advanced softwares, high tech equipment and highly trained technicians, they are pushing the envelope into variable data one-to-one marketing, email marketing, statement and document printing, full color printing and specialty niche markets.

On their custom built website, customers can upload their graphic files and pay online without ever leaving the comfort of their office. The site also offers ready-made templates that allow retail customers to easily customize and create a business card, a flyer, tickets and many other products completely online.

Being a family business is what made this endeavor possible and owner Catherine Dounies confirms this, “No person is an island. In whatever you do, you need help and my family brought that help to me when the business needed it.”

The Dounies Family, 1988
The Dounies Family, 1988

Catherine’s husband, Don Dounies, who passed away in 1993, was instrumental in helping the business succeed for its first 30 years. A cabinet maker by trade, Don built the counters and offices for those early years and later he joined the company full time to run the printing and binding departments. Her oldest daughter, Celine, also contributed by taking care of her younger sister while her parents were working. Later on, her daughter Rita worked in the graphics department for several years and daughter Therese also worked part time to help out during emergencies.

In 1976, her son Greg joined the company full time after graduating from Cal Poly SLO’s Graphics Communications School. Armed with the latest knowledge of technical innovations, he helped Hall Letter Shop move into the age of computerized graphics, data processing, production printing and mailing.

Hall Letter Shop had moved three times since opening its doors. In 1993, new equipment required further expansion. They designed and built a new 19,000 sq.ft. energy efficient building on the corner of Rosedale Hwy. and Landco Dr., a far cry from the original 500 sq. ft. office. The new location seemed like the edge of town, but the city has since grown around them and they can count many new industrial businesses as their neighbors and customers.

Naturally, they couldn’t have done so well without the patronage of the good people of Bakersfield. Most business comes from loyal repeat customers, some of whom have been doing business with Hall Letter Shop for decades. Employees are also one of their best assets, most of whom are again loyal and long term. Customers are greeted with a friendly and familiar face every time they visit the shop. It is no wonder that Hall Letter Shop, Inc has been progressing for decades.

Hall Letter Shop – Established 1963
5200 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield CA, 661-327-3228

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