Vince Perricone Finds Success With Middleburg Printing Firm
by KRISTEN ARMSTRONG, Staff Writer
|Take a look at the Notre Dame
Academy's auction booklet, or at a Middleburg wedding invitation, and
odds are Vince Perricone is the man behind the paper and ink.
In business now for 21 years, Perricone owns Middleburg Printers, the only print shop in Middleburg, and is the town's resource for practically all its printing needs.
Perricone majored in English and minored in art at Shepherd College in West Virginia and originally wanted a job in art and design for an advertising company. But owning a print shop still fulfills his career aspirations.
“I'm using art and design every day, when I work with ink and paper,” he said. “It's not what I thought I was going to do, but I'm using what I learned.”
Perricone's business is not limited to basic printing and copying. He and his staff help clients create logos, personal stationery, newsletters and numerous other services, many of which allow for artistry and creativity.
“It's fun to start with a client's idea and to take the idea to a solid, finished product,” Perricone said. “In its own small way, it's like building a house.”
Perricone is aided by a staff of four, plus help from his wife Tutti Perricone, who owns the Back Street Café across the street. Also instrumental in Middleburg Printers' operation is Perricone's nine-and-a-half-year-old chocolate labrador retriever, Monk.
“He's the overall supervisor, regardless of what people think,” Perricone said jokingly in a recent interview. “He's raised an entire generation of children who come here.”
Before opening Middleburg Printers, Perricone worked for the Loudoun Times-Mirror and for employers closer to the District of Columbia. But he was never enamored with city life.
Living in the Middleburg area for the past two decades, he has enjoyed his surroundings and quality of life much more.
“It's just beautiful out here. The country is pretty, and the people are nice to be around,” he said. “It's a great place to live and work.”
Although owning his own business keeps Perricone very busy, he likes to stay connected with the community as a board member for the Creative Youth Foundation. He also loves fixing up his 1969 Corvette, and playing with his dogs.
“I love to take them out in the fields and let them get muddy and filthy,” he said. “We have a great time.”
Vince Perricone with his labrador retriever, Monk.
(Photo by Kristen Armstrong)