Dan Harris saw a television commercial for an internet ad from a company that puts photographs on merchandise.
“I saw something about it or read about it and said, ‘I can do that,’” Harris said.
So, he is.
Harris started Rim Country Photo Gifts in December 2018. He transfers family photos onto just about anything you can think of from coffee mugs to coasters, T-shirts and many more items, including cutting boards. If you won a Payson Roundup Best of the Rim award this year, you also received one of Harris’ custom Best of mugs.
You can look at several of his products in his space at Serendipity on Main, where he has shelves filled with a variety of products with photos on them, including wall clocks with photos of eagles taken by the local photographer DJ Craig Miller.
So, you can put your favorite photo on a clock, if you like.
It isn’t the first business he has owned.
Harris, who’ll turn 67 on March 8, also makes soap, which he also has on display at Serendipity on Main. That business is called Dazzling Designer Soaps. He started doing that a couple of years before he thought of the new business. He came up with that plan in a similar way.
“It was just like this business,” he said. “I just saw something about it and said, ‘I can do that.’”
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That venture hasn’t taken off like he hopes this one will.
“I have a few customers but I’m not really making any money at it,” he said. “I spent six or seven months fine tuning the business. I haven’t been real aggressive, but at the start of this year I said I’m going to really push this.”
He made a big splash with a recent marketing move when he got the name of his business circulating throughout the community when he gave away personalized coffee mugs to this year’s Best of the Rim winners with Best Barber, Best Masseuse, etc. with the 2020 Best of the Rim logo on the other side.
He also sells his products at craft fairs.
Harris said he’s been self-employed for more than 40 years. Harris figures he’ll eventually retire from his full-time job as a home inspector in the Valley. He likes to keep busy.
“I can’t sit at home and do nothing,” he said.
He previously owned Custom Marble Products in Chandler for 15 years, where he manufactured cultured marble sinks, tubs, showers, etc. His first business was a remodeling business he operated for eight years called Dan’s Home Services.
Harris grew up in Pennsylvania and still has family there. He spent about four years in New York state and moved to Mesa in 1976. He started traveling to Rim Country about 40 years ago. He bought a second home here 30 years ago and he and his wife, Denise, moved up here full-time five years ago.
“I just love it here,” he said.
And he wants to help his customers transfer their favorite photos to just about anything they can imagine.
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