Sponsor Spotlight: Sharpe Co.

April 3, 2024 by Sandy Lerebours

Family-owned printing business, Sharpe Co. has served local businesses for decades. We spoke to the team about the company’s commitment to their community, including their support of the Carolina Theatre. 

How long have you been serving the Durham community?

While Sharpe Co. has been serving our partners and customers in North Carolina and the Southeast for close to 70 years, we’ve had the continued pleasure of catering to the Raleigh-Durham community with the addition of our local office in 2009.

What services do you specialize in?

Sharpe Co. offers a wide range of services, including design, production, installation, and maintenance of graphics and signage. Whether it’s exterior signage, wayfinding systems, interior branding, or environmental graphics, we have the expertise to handle projects of any scale or complexity. We also offer small format solutions for everything from business cards to brochures, stationary, advertisements, mailers, and much more.

Who are some of the local community businesses that you have provided services for?

Sharpe Co. partners with firms across the spectrum from the retail, healthcare, financial and insurance, real estate and development, advanced technology, life sciences, engineering, design, and construction industries.

Local businesses we support include our BioPharma clients in RTP that provide lifesaving products to the market. We provide the graphics and signage for Lowes Foods in the Durham area as well as the rest of the Southeast. We work with firms throughout American Tobacco Campus, development groups such as Austin Lawrence Partners, and their fantastic project; One City Center,  all the way to Romeo Guest…one of the oldest General Contractors in the region. Last, but certainly not least, it is of course our high privilege to serve the team at the Carolina Theater of Durham.

What is one of your favorite services you have provided for your clients?

We love what we do, mostly because we’re able to turn a customer’s imagination into reality. If you can envision it, there is a good chance we can design it, and produce it. In some cases, our partners know they want a graphic, but are not sure exactly what. With little direction, our graphic teams can create renderings and ideas that can truly spur inspiration. One of our greatest rewards is being able to provide our clients with their vital visual communications while working with them closely through the process in order to see a fantastic result.

How has the company changed over the years from when it was run by Bud Sharpe to being run by his children?

This 3rd generation company began in Winston-Salem, N.C. as a blueprinter for architects, engineers, and contractors. Reproducing technical drawings on wide format printers for the A/E/C community was the core of our business. Our long-term partnerships and relationships with these firms have allowed us to expand, increase capabilities, and deliver an overall better experience & product to our customers by doing nothing more than being receptive to what they need and ask for.

How have services changed over the years of operation?

While beginning as a blueprinter, our services have evolved in order to accommodate, and frankly keep up with, the wide range of clientele we currently serve. This includes creating tailored, company-specific storefront software platforms that not only add value at a monetary level, but streamline workflows for teams that want to get projects completed on time with a quality product. We house safety & personal protective equipment for screen printing and embroidery services for our customers in the field. We provide tradeshow, presentation, and marketing graphics. When you drive by a construction site and see a fence wrapped with a beautiful rendering; chances are it could be ours. From business cards to privacy film to building banners….we can’t say enough about how much we like to make our customer’s vision come to fruition.

What is your favorite thing about the Carolina Theatre?

Without a doubt, it would be this history of the building itself. If you want to learn something cool…check this out (https://carolinatheatre.org/about/venue/history/)

Why is it important to support the Carolina Theatre and arts in our community?

Having the fortune of living in the area for the last 12 years, I’ve been a direct witness to the increase in Durham’s community activity, diverse culture, and overall growth. Seeing a group like Carolina Theater of Durham, whose members and volunteers work tirelessly to provide a great experience for their customers, is exactly why Sharpe Co. wants to provide a great experience and product for ours.