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Shop Talk Exterior
Designs don't need to be
radical to set you apart; just slightly
different than all the others.
Thinking outside the box
by Russ Griffin
O
ur company, Northcoast
Marine Specialties LLC,
has had two decades of great
success due to our unfamiliarity with the
outdated and unimaginative techniques
many canvas shops fall into the habit of
re-creating endlessly.
Many people entering this trade have
a vision of creativity. Often, however,
the day-to-day operations of running a
business can get in the way of it.
After receiving our training, my
brother and I opened our canvas shop
not knowing the day-to-day obstacles
that steal one's natural gift of creativity.
Quickly, we became known for our outof-the-box
solutions, which I will share
with you. Everything we saw appeared
old-fashioned in design and we were
determined to change that.
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When clients came to us wanting
canvas, I asked them what they liked
about their canvas. The list was
always short. Then, I asked what
they disliked about their canvas
and the list was typically quite long.
So, I went to their boats and just
spent time sitting. I looked for the
leaks the customers talked about
and the impossible zippers they
were dealing with and tried them
out myself. I thought about the
level of diffi culty the customers
dealt with when using their current
canvas. Then, I designed their
enclosures to solve those issues.
In those days, canvas-life was
simple. Creativity gave us the joy!
Happy customers were our only
earning source and profi t center.

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