But the name has caused some awkward moments with a few people, said owner Cindy Lyskawa.
A man, from another shop, asked us if we only wanted female customers because were doing the female thing. I thought, What is he talking about? Then I realized, it must be our name. Other people have walked in and said they were expecting to see two big guys dressed in womens clothing.
The truth is, Lyskawa isnt a drag queen and would never turn a male customer away. Lyskawa and co-worker Gayle Gallagher just consider themselves royally experienced in copying, collating, and designing all that is paper. After all, theyve worked a combined 30 years in the business.
After Lyskawa set up her shop on 14th Street in Traverse City a year ago, the two women feminized it with wooden blinds, new carpeting, paint and pretty flowers. The store feels relaxed with Buddy, a yorkie-poo, greeting customers as they walk in. The women say theyve been together so long, they speak their own languageand sometimes they dont need to speak at all, as they quite easily read each others minds.
DISCOUNT FOR FUN
Lyskawas husband jokingly calls himself the bookkeeping servant of the Copy Queenz, (the slave!) and they all seem to have a great timethink Car Guys without the radio show.
One customer told us, we should give a discount for fun people, and sometimes we do! Hey, thats a great joke. By golly, heres 20 percent off, Gallagher said. Um, dont write that. Okay, go aheadwe can always use a joke.
So whats special about Copy Queenz?
Lyskawa said there are a lot of talented people who want to showcase their creative art with their special greeting cards or note card. Others, who havent yet discovered their inner artist, come in with beautiful photos, drawings or other creations, be it their own or their childrens.
They arent quite sure of what to do with it... so we show them. You can take this art and put it on a note card, in a calendar, or on a placemat. I feel like Im helping people put their dreams into print, Lyskawa said. They love It!
In her new role as owner, Lyskawa holds to one principal for successtreat all people with respect, no matter what their station in life.
Gallagher and Lyskawa themselves rarely disagree.
Gallagher handles the copy and production work, while Lyskawa designs business cards, flyers, posters, invites, you name it, on the computer. Shes self-taught, having made up her mind several years ago to become proficient with desktop publishing.
More challenging has been her new role as a business owner. The stress, responsibility, hours and the bills were initially overwhelming, and the hours still are. But its ultimately been very satisfying. She has three words of advice for any womanor man for that matterwho wants to open their own business: Go for it.