I Had An Emergency At My House This Week – Not The 911 Kind

April 8, 2019

My emergency this week was that I opened my last jar of strawberry jam that my daughter, Joy Day, and I make.  Strawberry is my favorite although we make peach, plum and apple butter. It is getting close to time when those beautiful strawberries will be in season and we can make more for us to stock up for the year.  It is quite a production as we make enough for her family and me.  It is also very messy and time consuming but sooo worth it. The jam that you buy in the store does not even begin to compare to what you can make at home.  We look pretty scroungy in the pictures of us making jam, so I though that I would put one of us together where we are looking a little nicer.

 

 

 

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AN Excel Guru I Am Not

April 4, 2019

Working on a mailing list today, I got very frustrated when I lost about 30 minutes of work. Now I don’t usually do files for mailing but this was a list that I wanted to go over to take out names that were no longer relevant.  Fortunately for me and for Burns Mailing & Printing, I have an employee who is way beyond Guru when it comes to Excel and our mailing lists.  She has many tricks up her sleeve when it comes to getting our customers files ready for mailing.

I am a mailer and I am about to do a mailing, so yes, I definitely believe in direct mail.

If you are ready for your next direct mail project, email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com or call 865 584-2265 for a free print and mail estimate.

 

 

 


What The Design Department Does At Burns Mailing & Printing

April 2, 2019

You may have the idea that our graphic designers just lay-out post cards, brochures etc., but they do much much more.  In fact our design department, along with our production manager, manage the print production. They control and run our digital presses. They send files to our plate maker so that our pressman can make the printing plates to go on the offset presses.  They can even program our paper cutter so that the the bindery operators can pull up the job ticket number and the paper cutter is programmed for that job. They also check graphic files and make a print out for our mailing manager to check,  to make sure that they meet postal specifications before printing.  We check each file that comes in, even if we did not design the job.

We say “we are a printer that knows mailing and a mailer that knows printing”.  This adds up to a true one-stop convenience for our customers. Each job moves from department to department efficiently until the final stop, the United States Postal Service.   All of these services under one roof…it is a big roof.

If you don’t need the cost of an ad agency, but want to have some printed materials printed or mailed, call me, Phyllis Burns, at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.


Fall Reminds Me Of Purchasing Our Building

November 5, 2018

In 1993, we were purchasing the building where we current operate Burns Mailing & Printing.  I had been out looking for a building and property and asked my neighbor Ron Kirkham if he knew of any commercial buildings where his business was located.  He told me that a lady had some property across from him.  It was owned by a lady whose husband had died and the business was shut down.  I decided to drive by and the lady just happened to be at the building.  We talked about the business that she and her late husband had run together.  She showed me around the building and I asked her if Ken and I could come back later in the afternoon so that he could see it.  We came back and he liked it as much as I did so we gave her a down payment and purchased the building. In 1994 we remodeled the building and added another 5400 square feet of production.  She liked the idea of another husband and wife purchasing and running the business together.

It was in the fall and the leaves looked much like the picture that I took this morning.  Things change just like the leaves in fall, but 25 years later Burns is still offering quality printing, graphic design and direct mail services.

Call me for a free quote at 865 584-2265 or email me for a free estimate – phyllis@burnsmp.com.


Look Who Made The Knoxville Focus

October 4, 2018

Thanks to Mike Steely and Steve Hunley for doing a feature story on Burns Mailing & Printing. We are indeed a company that can take a mailing from concept to the mailbox.  You will love the journey.

phyllis@burnsmp.com or call 865 584-2265

 


Burns Mailing & Printing Has A Great Graphic Design Department

August 13, 2018

One video is worth a thousand words.  Play the video to hear about our great graphic design department.


Friends for 50 Years

July 13, 2018

 

I just got back from Blue Ridge GA on Wednesday.  I was invited by my friends of 50 years, Willie and Charles Stancil.  Charles and Ken worked together at Lockheed back in the 60s and the two families quickly became friends.  At the time they had Doug and we had Kathy who were just 6 months apart.  It was Doug’s and his wife Allison’s cabin in the mountains where we stayed.  On Sunday their daughter NIcki and her family came and we spent some great time catching up.  What is really special about this friendship is that Ken and I moved back to Knoxville about a year after we met them but we have kept up over the years, visited, camped, and enjoyed the times that we got to see them.  When we are together it is just like we saw each other yesterday.

If you have not been to the mountains in North GA, I highly recommend it.  The drive from Knoxville is beautiful, but the roads are winding. Weekends are very busy in Blue Ridge, but we visited on Monday and it was not crowded.   Also if you are in the area, I recommend you go to an apple orchard called Mercier’s.  They have fresh baked goods, honey, a brewery and of course, apples when they are in season.

It was good to have some time with friends, relax and see a new place.