Our Story

Greetings!  I’m Melanie.  For 25 years, my husband, Matt, and I have been running pop-up book and gift  fundraising events at major employers’ offices in the Greater Washington D.C. metro area.  Our pop-ups began in 1995, before online sales and Amazon dominated the retail market; before brick and mortar retail stores were shutting their doors.  Our doors are still open—or to make the analogy more apropos—our trucks are still running.  We bring our store to you! And during those twenty-five years, our mobile book & gift store has raised over $1 million for charities and organizations in the Greater Washington D.C. metro area! 

Last year, we expanded our gift offerings at our pop-up events, and developed a personalization station (Yep. That’s how we got our name!)—a mobile laser engraving station.  Personalization was a natural fit to our offerings as we have two boys—Jamie (12 years old) and Aaron (10 years old). We put their names on everything they own. From sports equipment to water bottles to Chromebooks, and even on their electric toothbrushes.  When we found out that our laser engraver can etch, burn, and cut a plethora of materials--and the result is extremely detailed as well as permanent--we were impressed.  Our customers were too.

Due to the station’s popularity, we decided to make our Personalization Station available online.  Online retail can often feel cold and impersonal, we know.  We are a family-owned and run business and we hold ourselves accountable for our customers’ happy shopping experience.  Whether you are visiting us at one of our shows, or whether you are using our online store, you will always be met with friendly service and your gifts will be scrutinized for perfection.  That is our "100% Happy!" commitment to you. 

The Personalization Station is beginning simply-- with laser engraving Polar Camel drinkware. We have found Polar Camel's quality to be on par with other top brands, but at a fraction of the price.  Polar Camel is an excellent value to our customers.  We will expand our offerings with new and exciting products as well as through new and exciting partnerships. So please sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know, become part of our PS family.  Our emails will be fun, we promise! 

Feel free to email me with any questions and/or comments. We welcome your input. After all, The Personalization Station wants to be your customized gift source for every special occasion and for every special person in your life! 


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