Recently I found myself doing some extensive research on local printers. In case you are in a similar situation, here is what I found. Let me know if I am missing any key players. Who do you love to work with?
Sentinel Printers - (831) 423-2198 - 912 Cedar Street
We used Sentinel to print our Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios business cards and flyers. They turned out beautiful and I really have nothing but good things to say about Sentinel. Their inks are vegetable based and “completely free of volatile organic compounds”. From what I can tell they are not the cheapest game in town (but also not the most expensive) and sometimes you do get what you pay for.
AlphaGraphics - (831) 425-9800 - 525 Laurel Street - Suite 125
They do design and printing. On their website they have some awesome post cards and flyers they did for The Abbey.
Mission Printers - (831) 423-4005 - 522 Soquel Avenue
Community Printers - 831.426.4682 - 1827 Soquel Avenue
I have worked with them for years through my other job and they have always been great. Totally professional and on point. I know this is the go to shop for a lot of old school Santa Cruz graphic designers.
Mpress Digital - (831) 420-1999 - 252 Potrero Street
Their website features referrals from some great local businesses.
Dynamic Press - 831-479-7920 - 1334 Brommer Street, Suite B-1
Looks like they are a certified green printer.
UCSC Print Service - 831-459-2925 - Basement of Baskin Engineering B66
Not just for UCSC students. They offer free delivery on orders for customers on and off campus.
Print Shop Santa Cruz - 831.429.5340 - 511 River Street
Bro Prints - (831) 427-BROS - 131 Center Street #3
Custom screenprinting including posters (but also t-shirts, hats, pins, stickers and all that other stuff).
Catto's Graphics - (831) 454-9742 - 1317 River Street Custom screenprinting but they recently acquired a printing, promotional products and embroidery company. We used them for our t-shirts, stickers and vinyl banners and we tend to love them.
Clutch Couriers - 831-466-0560
They are a bike messenger service, but also do printing at very competitive prices. We have used them to print and hang our event posters and are always happy with the service.
Fed-Ex/Kinkos – (831) 425-1177
Yes there is always Fedex/Kinkos but my experience (especially at the downtown store) has always pretty much sucked and they are expensive.
Staples - (831) 477-9002
OfficeMax - Santa Cruz - (831) 459-8910