Biz Buzz: The owner of a new photo printing shop likes to capture memories for his customers

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BRIEF BIZ

IDAHO FALLS

New photo printing store opens in Idaho Falls just in time for the holiday season

Pic-N-Go is now open at 625 1st Street in Idaho Falls. | Facebook picture

IDAHO FALLS – With the holiday season approaching, chances are there’s an occasion you want to film.

Pic-N-Go, a new photo printing service, quietly opened Nov. 2 at 625 1st Street in Idaho Falls.

Owner Jeffrey Olsen tells EastIdahoNews.com that the company prints photos and images in any size and on any surface imaginable: canvas, metal prints, vinyl, shirts, jackets, hats, mugs. , pens, stickers, vehicles and more.

One of the things he’s most excited about this month is a keepsake license plate for veterans. Veterans can put an image of a ribbon holder, their years of service and rank on a license plate, and Olsen and his team will place it on a rack for display.

“I’m a 34 year old veteran, and for Veterans Day, which I’m giving away for the whole month now…you can go online and download the image (for the license plate) or come in store. We’ll take the image and do it while you wait,” says Olsen.

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Olsen’s license plate. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

While other similar businesses are in the area, Olsen says what sets it apart is the personal connection to customers and their ability to provide same-day service.

“You can order things online and wait a week or two to get them or you can order online here and pick them up today. You can also pick it up the same day,” he says.

Olsen says all of his printers are new and he just bought a new $10,000 printer that no other business in eastern Idaho uses.

Olsen got his start 32 years ago when he opened Video Master, a slide and video transfer business, located a stone’s throw from Pic-N-Go. Photo restorations were a popular service for clients, Olsen says, but he had to send them to Sam’s Club to print.

Sam’s Club eventually stopped printing photos, so Olsen decided to open his own photo printing shop.

“For convenience and cost, our prices are better (than competing companies),” says Olsen.

Olsen is a passionate cinematographer and writer. He has produced work for many different clients including a music video for local band Quiet Nights Quartet and a film project for local filmmaker Spencer Woodhouse.

Olsen also has volumes of unpublished screenplays and novels.

“I can make up a story and make it quite believable,” says Olsen. “I started writing when I was a kid. I have a lot of short stories that I used to write.

It remains to be seen whether any of his work will be published. Olsen says serving customers keeps him pretty busy and he prefers to stay out of the spotlight.

Over the years he has collected lots of old film and recording equipment and enjoys tinkering with technology. Check out some of his collection in the video player above.

The majority of the work he does at Video Master involves shooting wedding and funeral videos. He also edits and digitizes home videos for clients. His clientele is national and he says it is rewarding to help them capture their memories.

“I have a plan. I shoot it. I edit it. I create it, and you watch it at your reception. Just to see the tears and the laughter, it’s invigorating for me to see that.

Business has been quite slow, he said, but he expects things to pick up in the coming weeks.

“I thought we would get a lot more customers, but I don’t think the word really got around,” Olsen says.

Although he would love to develop Pic-N-Go or Video Master, Olsen says his ultimate goal is to help others succeed.

Pic-N-Go is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visit the website or Facebook page for more information.

BIZ-BITS

Pocatello Insurance Company has a new assistant branch manager

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Annette Baumeister | Courtesy of AmeriTitre

POCATELLO – AmeriTitle Escrow Officer Annette Baumeister has been promoted to assistant manager of AmeriTitle’s Pocatello branch. In addition to serving clients with exceptional escrow services, Annette will now participate in the day-to-day operational management of AmeriTitle Pocatello. In this role, Annette will work closely with and report directly to Branch Manager/Escrow Agent Thai Ayre, while also being involved with the AmeriTitle Idaho State Executive Group. Baumeister has been with AmeriTitle for three years and has over 10 years of professional business administration experience. She is originally from Idaho and is active in the Pocatello and Chubbuck community. She is chair of the Chubbuck Development Authority and a board member of Bannock Development Corporation and recently served on the Chubbuck City Council. When not doing real estate transactions or volunteering in the community, Baumeister enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, and their children, Evan, Briana and Hayden.

Shoshone-Bannock Hotel Hosts Annual Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony

FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel held a small flag-raising ceremony in front of the casino property on Wednesday. Just under 30 people joined military veterans to raise the flags of the United States of America, the State of Idaho and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. The short program was designed as a way for members of the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel team to honor their colleagues who served in the armed forces. Acting CEO Colista Eagle kicked off the program with some remarks. Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Council Chairman Devon Boyer then thanked all military and honored veterans. Council member Lee Juan Tyler led the crowd in prayer as guests faced east to acknowledge the sunrise and the many blessings upon service members who serve with honor. The flags were hoisted to the sound of the song “To the Colours”. Refreshments were served.

Local utility named one of Idaho’s Top 100 Private Companies

ASHTON – Fall River Electric Cooperative has been named one of Idaho’s Top 100 Private Companies. The recent recognition came as part of the Idaho Statesman’s annual survey of the top performing Idaho-based private companies, compiled by international accounting firm KPMG. Fall River Electric was ranked #86 and was the only electric utility listed in the Top 100. Fall River Electric was one of 13 private companies based in eastern Idaho that made the list this year. The top five include WinCo, Simplot, Blue Cross, Jackson Foods and Melaleuca.

SPOTLIGHT ON SMALL BUSINESS

REXBURG

Owner of a costume design company hoping to create a new mascot for Pocatello High School

REXBURG — As the selection process for Pocatello High School’s new mascot continues, a local business owner hopes to design it.

Ann Stokes is the owner of Felistellar Studios, a mascot design company in Rexburg.

“Fur suits are another name for them. It’s a form of cosplay for some. For others, it’s a matter of marketing or school pride,” Stokes told EastIdahoNews.com.

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