Rhody Gem: DWRI Letterpress

May 2021


What it is:

A commercial letterpress print shop specializing in all variety of stationery, business cards, promotional materials (even pencils!), art prints, and much more. 


Where to find it: 

On the West Side, right 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 printing museum, part Willy Wonka’s factory!” says DWRI printer and artist Lois Harada. “We have a lot of historical printing presses that we use regularly and we can also cast new metal type, too.” The team of three printers specializes in fine letterpress printing and can take on jobs big and small, always with detail and artistry at the core, whether they’re commissioned for simple yet elegant business cards or hot foil wedding invitations. Along with commercial work, they’ve become known for their posters designed for rallies and movements, and an online shop shows their artsy side with intricate lunar calendars, cards, bound notebooks, and other creative pieces. Visits are by appointment only with masked or Zoom consultations, and Harada explains they’re always up for a design challenge: “We’re a team of artists and designers, so we love to work on unusual jobs and help figure out how to make our client’s vision come to life.”

DWRI Letterpress • 40 Rice Street, Providence • @dwriletterpress


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