A Colorful Start to a Brighter Future!
Back in the day when I was an active member in the Westbury Fire Department, Long Island, New York, we were having our annual Memorial Day Picnic. On that day, Colorfully Yours was born. My wife Deb is an outstanding artist, you know, the ones that can draw without a computer. That day Westbury FD had a call to a huge fire. When the alarm went off, all the men left and their wives were stuck with screaming kids at the picnic and of course we never returned back to the festivities. Deb later came up with an idea, “I should create a coloring book for the fire department so the kids can color!” Deb got to work and created a coloring book with Westbury’s Firehouse on the front cover with all their trucks hand drawn
A month went by and we got a call from one of our neighboring towns, Hicksville Fire Department, saying that they wanted a book for their department. Deb then created a book for Hicksville, but this time we printed 100 extra books and mailed them throughout our area. Within a few days, we got over a dozen responses saying that they also wanted a coloring book for their department. We then realized we had something!
Deb and I along with our daughter Jennifer, who was a toddler at the time, started visiting all the firehouses on Long Island every Sunday morning. Every fire department welcomed us with open arms, being a local Volunteer Firefighter and a New York City Police Officer. We sat down with the Chiefs of those departments and took orders for these coloring books. Deb took pictures of their Firehouses, Apparatus and got their patch. She went back home and created a book for each department. We brought these books to our local printer to print them. The average order was 2500 books. As it turned out the printer told us he couldn’t handle the work so we went to many local printers.
Our business was growing rapidly, it was unbelievable. We continued to visit firehouses over the years and continued to take orders. We expanded on the books, created stock coloring books, pencil kits, rulers, magnets, and much more. Over time we put a catalog together and in 1994, we decided to exhibit our products at the New York State Chief’s Show to expand our customer base throughout New York State. It was a great success, we were bombarded!
In the next six years, we did more and more shows all over the country and Deb developed many more coloring books and products to accompany them. In 2000, we moved into our building we are presently in. We continued to grow and offer more products and now we produce most of them right on our premise.
From our Coloring Books to our School Zip Kits, we also offer many other items such as Sportswear, Embroidery, Decals, Patches, Awards, Plaques, Trophies, Banners, Metal Badges, Glassware, Promotional Products, Gifts, Invitations, Journals and all types of Printing. We attribute our success to the 1000’s of loyal customers we worked with over the past 25 years. We thank you very much, Stay Safe and Healthy.
Deb & Joe Lindner
Owners of Colorfully Yours