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Ink Fountain owner retires; mother-son team take over

 

Last updated 12/31/2020 at 3:06pm

G. Connor Salter

Dimitri and Deborah Miller will take over ownership of Ink Fountain Printing in January, with Deborah as owner and her son Dimitri as co-owner. Ink Fountain Printing has been a part of Fountain since 1981. The shop has survived numerous changes to the printing industry over the years, and still provides printing, shipping and other services.

After more than 38 years in business, Fountain Valley resident Sandy Comstock has sold Ink Fountain Printing (721 Dale St. in Fountain).

However, Ink Fountain will continue to serve the Fountain community. On Jan. 2, 2021, ownership will transfer to Deborah Miller and her son Dimitri.

With the business taken care of, Comstock is looking forward to retiring and spending time at her new home in the mountains.

Raised in the Security area, Comstock became a part of Ink Fountain Printing when her brother Bob asked her to join the business. Bob Comstock founded Ink Fountain Printing in 1981 and sold his share to Sandy in 2006.

Comstock announced her plans to retire and sell the business in September 2019. Various factors made it hard for Comstock to find a buyer until Deborah Miller visited the store to have something shipped (Ink Fountain Printing provides UPS shipping as well as printing services).

Miller was working for Amazon at the time, and had received free boots from the company as part of an employee program. Unfortunately, the boots were the wrong size, and Miller ended up visiting Ink Fountain Printing three times to ship incorrectly sized boots back. On the second visit Miller talked with Comstock about potentially buying the store, and on the third visit she offered to buy it.

Comstock described the long waiting period to sell the business as an example of things not happening until the right time.

G. Connor Salter

Sandy Comstock (right) sold Ink Fountain Printing to Deborah Miller, who will run the business with her son Dimitri. Comstock is looking forward to retiring to her mountain home, and is glad the business will be carried on by someone who's passionate about the business.

"My house is now ready, this is in God's time," she said. "He didn't let it happen until my house was ready so I could move. I've always been a believer in it happens in his time, not mine. What I want and what I get, sometimes they're not the same thing, but that doesn't mean it's not the right thing. Deborah came along and she really wants it, and that's a big part of buying a business is really wanting it."

Miller is grateful for all the instruction that Comstock gave to her and Dimitri, showing how the business works so they could have a smooth transition.

"We're going to miss her, she's a sweetheart," she said.

Looking at the next year, Miller has high hopes for the business.

"I want to still treat the customers as special as they are," she said. "I want to still do the same things that Sandy offered, and if we can do even more, we can do even more. The customers come first, and we're here to accommodate them first."

For services, visit inkfountainprinting.com or call 719-382-8721.

 

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