Looking for a cool and unique gift for a friend or relative? Innovative Laser Solutions in Ellington can help you out with that.
Open since Oct. 1, the business can laser engrave just about anything the customer wants, on just about any material.
Manager Brian Bearce said that they can engrave glass, awards, plaques, acrylics, wood, and stone. Stone examples include granite, marble, and travertine.
Examples of things the shop can make include small signs for businesses, corporate awards for employees, or data plates for trailers. They can also do things like bride and groom sets of champagne flutes or custom engraved champagne bottles for special events.
When business neighbor Sky’s the Limit Studio opened, Innovative Laser Solutions engraved a champagne bottle for the occasion. The business also created a nice memento for USMC Sgt. Greg Caron.
Bearce calls himself the “mad genius” who is always coming up with ideas and new things to engrave. He has recently come up with the idea of handmaking and then engraving keepsake boxes.
Customers can either come into the shop and decide on something they would like done, or they can bring a project into the shop. Owner Michael Keane is currently in Ireland so the hours are temporarily shortened from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. However, Bearce will still hold a consultation with a potential customer after 5 p.m. during the week. If someone is interested in doing that, they can call 860-930-0913.
While Bearce knows that the shop will do trophies and plaques, that’s not what he wants to be known for.
“Our goal is to do high end, classy, products and gifts,” he said. “The trophies and everything will be there too, but I don’t want to be pigeonholed as the trophy shop. It’s something I’m conscious of.”
He said that to that end, he could probably have the wooden boxes mass produced, but it makes a difference that they are handmade.
According to Bearce, the actual time a project spends in the machine is not long – only about six or seven minutes on average – but that the setup time can be significantly longer for some projects. He also said that wooden projects take longer to prepare and cost more than metal projects.
The engraving machine also has a memory so multiple same projects can be done quickly – like the Christmas Ornaments Bearce made for the Knights of Columbus.
When Keane returns, there will be a grand opening celebration, but in the meantime, the shop is open and Bearce is available to do projects.
For more information, stop in the shop, call Bearce at 860-858-5061, or check out Innovative Laser Solutions on Facebook.