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Colorful print offers fun, new depiction of WC

Artist Shawn Moran creates playful map of businesses, landmarks

January 7, 2013
Anne Blankenship ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

A new, colorful print map featuring Webster City area businesses and landmarks, is now available for local residents.

The full-color map, with images created by artist Shawn Moran, a Webster City native, features original artist drawings of Webster City area businesses. The poster is a collaborative effort between the Daily Freeman-Journal and the Chamber of Commerce.

Moran, a graduate of Webster City High School, created the distinctive looks for the map. The full-color drawings of businesses was compiled into a montage, showcasing the many diverse and interesting businesses in throughout the county. Some stores and services are represented by a rendering of their shop, while others have a more iconic look, like a large pill bottle for Thrifty White Pharmacy, a tow truck emblazoned with the Tolle Automotive logo and a tall stack of pallets for Tasler Inc.

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Daily Freeman-Journal Advertising Manager Cory Bargfrede, Chamber of Commerce Director Carrie Fitzgerald and DFJ advertising consultant Josh Lovelace check out the new Webster City print, a joint project of the Chamber and the newspaper.

The map also features several area landmarks, like the Webster City welcome signs, the water tower on the south side of the community and the municipal pool. The Boone River even meanders through the print.

"I'm really excited to be part of a project like this in Webster City. This is my hometown and my family still lives here. I still know a lot of people here," Moran said.

"This project is a lot of fun," said Carrie Fitzgerald, Webster City Chamber of Commerce executive director. "It's something that's eye-catching in the stores."

Bargfrede said the poster is a fun and novel way to showcase businesses.

"It's a nice piece for people to see in the local businesses and it gets those people talking about it," Bargfrede said.

"The best part is it's being done locally, which we endorse. We like to see the dollars produced here spent in here," he said.

Copies of the print are now available at the Webster City Chamber of Commerce office.



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