By Abbie Lahmers
What it is:
A commercial letterpress printing shop specializing in all kinds of stationery, business cards, promotional materials (even pencils!), art prints, and much more.
Where to find it:
On the west side, just off Broad, find DWRI on a side street not far from Urban Greens and Asian Bakery.
What makes it a Rhody Gem?
“Our shop has been described as part of Willy Wonka’s Printing Museum and Factory!” says DWRI printer and artist Lois Harada. “We have a lot of historic printing presses that we use regularly and we can also cast new types of metal.” The team of three printers specialize in fine letterpress printing and can take on jobs large and small, always with detail and artistry at heart, whether commissioned for simple but elegant business cards or hot wedding invitations. Alongside their commercial work, they have become known for their posters designed for rallies and movements, and an online store shows off their artistic side with intricate moon calendars, maps, bound notebooks and other creative pieces. Viewings are by appointment only with masked or Zoom consultations, and Harada says they’re always up for a design challenge: “We’re a team of artists and designers, so we love working on unusual works and help understand how to make our client’s vision come to life.
DWRI Typography • 40 Rice Street, Providence • @dwriletterpress