Printed to Perfection

D & S Printing is located at 917 Fremont Ave. in South Pasadena. Photos by Kamala Kirk

During the 1970s in Vietnam, Danny Huynh grew up around his family’s printing business, which they closed down after the war. He eventually relocated to the United States, where he worked for a company until he was laid off. Huynh began looking around for other opportunities and after coming across an available business space on Fremont Avenue in South Pasadena, he decided to revisit his family’s roots by opening D & S Printing in 1994.

“I live in San Gabriel and thought this was a really nice place to have a business,” Huynh said. “D & S stands for ‘Danny and Sons.’ At the time, my sons were little and I gave the business that name in case they wanted to take it over one day. It’s been 25 years since we opened our doors.”

D & S Printing offers a variety of printing services, including stationery, business cards, booklets, programs, letterhead envelopes and invitations. It regularly prints graduation and play programs for South Pasadena High School, as well as the Senior Center newsletter. Huynh also provides in-house graphic design services and works with a team of designers that he outsources more complicated projects to.

“Before starting a project, I always meet with my customers to discuss what they are looking for,” Huynh said. “When they come in, I have them take a look at our paper stock and color selections, then we discuss the layout. They want to feel the paper and see the colors in person. Often when people order from other places online they are unhappy with the finished product, so it’s important that they come in to look at and feel everything. Many customers create their own designs, which we print for them.”

The other main component of the business is large format signage, such as banners, posters, magnets, window decals, retractable banners and metal signs. Huynh has created many different types of signs for various companies as well as the local school district, library, churches and City Hall.

“We’ve created signs for the schools, businesses such as Mama’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, the Public Works Department and Friends of the Library,” Huynh said. “We also do cross street banners for events and signage for parking garages.”

Additional services provided by D & S Printing include passport photos, black-and-white and color copies, book binding, large volume cutting, scoring, perforation and notary services. It also has a retail area that sells greeting cards, a small selection of pre-printed signage and other office materials.

“I really enjoy working with people,” shared Huynh. “A lot of our customers have been coming here since we opened 25 years ago. We continue to get a lot of new customers as well. I’ve been in the industry for more than 30 years, so I know all the ins-and-outs of providing customers with what they need. We pride ourselves on customer service. You have to treat your customers well and be able to accommodate their needs. Sometimes people need a fast turnaround for their projects, which we work hard to fulfill. We are knowledgeable, friendly and care about our customers, which are the most important things.”

D & S Printing is located at 917 Fremont Ave. in South Pasadena. It is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. For more information, call (626) 799-1129.

D & S Printing Business Spotlight appeared in the print edition of the South Pasadena Review on 6.21.19. Support Local Business.

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Kamala Kirk is a contributing writer for the South Pasadena Review, San Marino Tribune and The Quarterly Magazine. Kamala formerly served as Managing Editor of Beauty Launchpad Magazine, West Coast Editor of American Salon Magazine, and Digital Editor for E! Online. A native of Hermosa Beach, California, she is a proud USC Trojan and pug mom to Wrigley the Pug (@pugofpasadena).