Matthew wears blue glasses, writes with fountain pens, plays jazz, operates a hundred-year-old piece of cast iron printing press, and thinks that modern life is missing something. He grew up with stone-washed denim and My So Called Life and wants his life to include the rituals and traditions from the people who came before him. Life shouldn’t be disposable, according to Matthew, so every new project of his is a chance to for him to tell someone’s story and to create something meaningful.
What is your business? A Fine Press is a luxury stationary studio and consulting business.
Who are your clients? Businesses who emphasize the quality of customer experience and a fluent families celebrating life’s big moments.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Understanding my DISC profile.
Business wins? Printing note cards for Conan O’Brien is certainly up there, as well as sponsoring The Knot’s annual gala at the New York Public Library. Though a more important win has been the relatively consistent growth in revenue.
Hardest thing about starting your business? As a solo entrepreneur, not having support staff with complementary personality traits that make up for my weaknesses.
Something interesting? There were two moments that attracted me to printing: 1) Seeing an invitation from Southeastern University for a fundraising dinner called the FORUM 2) Going on a tour with a friend to the Publix print shop.
Favorite things to do in Lakeland? Hanging out at Mitchell’s, going to the Food Truck Rally and First Friday events downtown, and seeing what other businesses are doing.
What would you like to see in Lakeland? I’m pretty excited to see and be a part of what happens in the newly named “Design District.”
Why Lakeland? I came here for school. I stayed for the community.
How has Catapult helped you? It’s given me a place to work from and the support of some incredible people I get to work around.
Secret Sauce? I try things that no other stationer has tried. Anything else? Whenever possible, support local business.