The relocation of APU’s graphics center and bakery to spacious, upgraded, off-campus facilities marks the first time these services become available to the local community in addition to APU faculty, staff, and students.
The graphics center, rechristened Evoke, A Print Studio, moved across the street from East Campus, now located on busy Alosta Avenue. Outfitted with a larger space and updated equipment, the center offers screen printing, color copying and printing, lamination, mounting, photo-quality prints, and more. “We have built relationships with area churches, schools, organizations, and neighbors, and now we design for them,” said Donna Rutherford, senior manager for Duplicating Services and Evoke. “Evoke comprises a team of students and staff that helps customers transform their ideas into art. APU faculty members have helped art and design students develop exceptional skills to apply in a real-world environment like Evoke.”
Just a few blocks east on West Foothill Boulevard, APU’s Glendora Café and Bakery supplies the campus and community with fresh baked goods from its new location. Student workers, under the guidance of professional bakers Bruce Blair and Dean Gotto, bake bread, muffins, buns, sandwich rolls, and cookies from scratch. “We don’t take shortcuts by using cheap ingredients or preservatives,” Blair said. “Our simple recipes use great staple ingredients like real butter, flour, sugar, yeast, and eggs.” The bakery also includes a small dine-in café and baked goods store.
By offering quality services to the public as well as APU, these business endeavors generate revenue and new possibilities for the university. “The bakery and Evoke represent exciting university-to-business opportunities and service venues to the Azusa-Glendora communities,” said President Jon Wallace, DBA. “These enterprises garnered the support and excitement of both cities’ Chambers of Commerce as innovative choices for the local consumer.”
“The move of the bakery and the graphics functions into the local community allows these enterprises to be self-sustaining and available to the community at large,” said Roger Hodsdon, associate vice president of university services. “The Azusa and Glendora communities can now experience what the APU community has enjoyed for many years: creative, professional graphic design services and wholesome gourmet baking.”