TOWERING TROPHY — Dan Hoffman, owner of Hoffy’s in Delevan, said he “can make any kind of sign, any kind of trophy.” Photos by Joshua Gordon.
DELEVAN — If it can be printed on a T-shirt or sign, sticker or decal, trophy or plaque, Dan Hoffman can make it stick.
“I can make any kind of sign, any kind of trophy,” said Hoffman, owner of Hoffy’s, a printing and engraving shop in Delevan, N.Y.
Hoffman said he started making shirts, signs and trophies in 2001 “as a cost-cutting move for another business.” Business was successful enough that he moved into the printing business full-time and, in 2008, hung out a shingle at 50 North Main St. in Delevan.
Since then, he’s filled orders for a major private college, sent shirts as far away as Florida and erected a 9-foot trophy for a street stock race in Smethport, Pa.
“I couldn’t even stand it up in this building,” he said.
Hoffy’s handiwork can also be found hanging around Springville. On South Cascade Drive, the sign on the roof of Cheap Chollie’s is Hoffman’s.
“I have a lot of fun doing this stuff,” said the printer. “I enjoy it immensely, because it’s nice that you go out and you see your product; you see someone wearing one of your shirts; it’s really cool.”
Hoffman, a self-taught artist, said he designs most of his T-shirts himself. “I have a graphic artist that helps me if I get into a real sticky situation,” he added, though “probably 99 percent” of the designs are his.
That includes a “save a rack” shirt, featuring a pink breast cancer ribbon flanked by a set of antlers, drawn up as part of Hoffman’s efforts to raise breast cancer awareness. That one, he said, was an improvement on an existing design.
“I do a lot with breast cancer awareness. There was another design that was a wimpy ribbon and wimpy antlers – I got a better ribbon and a better set of antlers and it just took off like wildfire!
“The ‘save a rack’ shirt, that’s the most popular shirt out there,” he continued. “I’ve sold hundreds of them. Hundreds of them – they’re all over the place.”
SHOWING OFF — Dan Hoffman prints signs, decals, stickers, engraves trophies and plaques and designs his own T-shirts, which he sells from his shop in Delevan.
Aside from business, Hoffman said he is also involved in efforts to combat hunger locally. This year marks the fifth annual Hoffy’s Christmas Bazaar, which benefits area food pantries, including one at the Methodist Church in Delevan.
“Nobody should be hungry in this country,” said Hoffman. “And so, when I started this bazaar, it was for business awareness, but I wanted to give to charity, so I picked the food pantry, and it’s just been phenomenal.”
The Dec. 7 event, at the Delevan Training Center, 1006 Main St. in Delevan, will run from 4-9 p.m. Hoffman said it will feature a variety of items for attendees to peruse and purchase, from more than three dozen registered vendors.
“It’s like a craft show and vendor show,” explained Hoffman, “A lot of homemade products and a lot of retail products. [There will be] 38 different vendors this year, from homemade maple products to clothes, tools, jewelry, a lot of homemade wreaths and Christmas decorations and crochet, candy, artwork.
“Last year,” Hoffman added, “there was a lady selling negligees,” in the same room as “some awesome gigantic Christmas wreaths. Anything you can think of is probably going to be represented – or close to it.
“It’s good, quality stuff. Some of this stuff is phenomenal. You see some of the talent some of these people have. The variety is really, really good this year. We utilize the whole building, everything we can.”
PRESSING ON — Hoffy’s has designed, printed and sold shirts from New York to Florida, according to owner Dan Hoffman.
Hoffman said the bazaar is also a way to keep shopping local during the Christmas season.
“I’m also president of the [Arcade Area] Chamber of Commerce,” he noted.
“So I’ve been trying to educate people on what it costs, when you don’t shop local. By running this show, it also helps to showcase the importance of the local shops. That’s another reason I do it.”
He encouraged bazaar shoppers to bring non-perishable food items for donation. According to Hoffman, vendor fees cover the cost of event advertising and rental fees for the training center; the rest goes to the food pantry.
For more information about Hoffy’s printing and design services or Hoffy’s Christmas Bazaar, call 492-2674 or visit Hoffy’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hoffysenterprises.