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Frye-Williamson Press celebrates 50 years of print

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As Frye-Williamson Press enters its 50th year of providing high-quality print communications in central Illinois, in appreciation it is offering Eighteen21 readers, during the 12 Days of Local campaign, a custom 16 x 20 giclee photo stretched canvas for $50.

Frye-Williamson Press uses eco-solvent high-resolution canvas printing, hand-stretched over exceptionally sturdy 1.5” kiln dried poplar frames. This year, why not make a great holiday memory with a personalized, lasting gift to someone special? 

Frye-Williamson Press was the result of two of Springfield’s oldest printing establishments merging together in 1968. From the beginning, Frye-Williamson Press has been an innovator in improving the print communication process. The goal has been simple – to make customers look great in print. From postcards to pocket folders, the team at Frye-Williamson Press listens to your needs and develops a customized solution to getting the word out on time. Due to customer feedback over the years, Frye-Williamson Press has expanded its services to include in-house mail processing, large format graphics, and high-speed digital production to complement its multicolor offset printing and full-service finishing capabilities.

Frye-Williamson Press is proud to be a part of the Local First community. Because of the support from those living in and around Springfield the business continues to grow. As Frye-Williamson Press looks forward to the next 50 years, it will continue to invest in print – the ‘original social media.’


Gem PR & Media spearheads Local First campaigns 

Gem PR & Media has spearheaded two Local First Springfield campaigns as 2017 draws to a close. Gemma and Chris Long own the public relations and media company, headquartered on the west side of Springfield, Illinois. The husband and wife team returned to the city in 2014 to make Springfield their home, to raise their family, and invest in the community.

The company works with organizations that range from The Real Estate Group to Engrained Brewery & Restaurant and Sensible Innovations to Warren Boynton State Bank, which are all locally owned and operated.

“We were so excited to get involved with Local First Springfield and develop the concept for two campaigns towards the end of this year, which both highlight the importance of buying local and spending your hard earned cash right here in the great city of Springfield,” said Gemma, 34. “We worked with Local First Springfield, The City of Springfield, and Mid West Family Broadcasting to produce a weeklong social media, video and radio campaign in the run-up to Thanksgiving. We also worked with more than 50 local businesses to produce 12 days of local guide to buying local in our free online lifestyle magazine, –we hope you enjoy.” 

If you are seeking support with your social media, marketing, public relations, or want to be featured in Springfield’s only online lifestyle magazine – email  

The launch of  from Gem PR & Media.

The launch of from Gem PR & Media.


Telecom Café is a one-stop shop for any business needing assistance with its communications or technology needs. 

“We are passionate about educating and helping businesses of all sizes make the right decisions regarding cloud services, network connectivity, NaaS (Network-as-a-Service), phone service, phone systems, SD-WAN, and storage solutions,” said Marc Hamilton. 

Telecom Café has been helping companies make important decisions about communication and technology services since 1993. “Through the years we have positioned ourselves to provide a myriad of technologies,” said Marc. Currently, we provide services and products through more than 75 vendors. We are a vendor-neutral communications and technology company, representing all major telephone companies and all major cable companies nationwide. We provide services such as Google Apps for business and Microsoft Office 365 and offer over 15 different phone systems.

“At Telecom Café we never lose sight of one simple fact; it’s about your needs, not ours,” said Marc. “We’ve built our business around clients, not products, and we view every client relationship as a partnership dedicated to building value. Our goal is to help organizations gain efficiencies by defining and implementing the best solutions available.”

The solutions are based on the best interest of clients and tailored specifically to individual client needs with unbiased and objective recommendations, taking into consideration all available products, plans, and pricing. 

“We’ll do the research and legwork for you free of charge while you run your business.”  
For more information about Telecom Café visit:


Fancy a bit of TV during the holidays? 


WSEC/PBS Springfield is the local public TV station that began broadcasting in 1985 and is licensed to the West Central Illinois Educational Telecommunications Corporation. Its mission is to collaborate with people and organizations in the communities it serves to bring quality programming, learning opportunities, and economic development to our region.