LEWISTOWN - Tired of paying high prizes for ink and toner? A new business might be able to help.
At 9 a.m. Monday morning, D'Ann and Mark Mowery will throw open the doors of their new business on West Fourth Street, appropriately named - The Ink Garage.
Hoping to provide a cost effective alternative for consumers, the Mowerys are looking to fill an empty business niche in the community.
Sentinel photo by KIERNAN SCHALK
Mark Mowery stands with his son, Alex, who is responsible for the creative interior design of the family’s new business, The Ink Garage, on West Fourth Street.
D'Ann Mowery said they got the idea to open their business after they saw a commercial about a business chain that offered similar services.
"Started to do some research and the more I researched it, the more my husband got into it," D'Ann Mowery said.
The Mowerys are busy organizing their business this weekend, filling empty shelves and making last minute preparations.
"Right now we can pretty much refill 60 percent of what is out there," Mark Mowery said of the ink cartridges.
Mowery said that as he becomes more aware of his customers' needs, he will be able to adjust and expand that percentage of ink cartridges he can fill.
"We are also doing a toner service," he added.
"We are going to offer pick up and deliver for businesses," D'Ann Mowery said.
In addition to the ink and toner services, The Ink Garage will also have print paper, photo paper, specialty paper and greeting cards available for customers.
"We are going to offer the photo and specialty paper by the piece, instead of a whole rheem," D'Ann Mowery said.
"We will have other office supplies as well and soon will be able to do passport photos," D'Ann Mowery said.
Another service the Ink Garage will offer is a ink cartridge drop off program whereby a non-profit group can be reimbursed anywhere between 50 cents and $2 for each cartridge turned in.
D'Ann Mowery said if the cartridges are unusable and cannot be refurbished they will be recycled.