Our Story

Our Story

When you tell your story with PicFoams™, AcryliPics™ and all of our other photo tiles, you're also supporting a small family owned and operated Michigan business.

Thank you for your support! You are the reason the stars are listening and answering our dreams!

Hi! My name is Marisa and with my family and some close friends, we own and operate Hilts Printing Innovations! HPI is the parent company to our main brands, one of which being AcryliPics.com :)

My dad's entrepreneurial venture began in 2008, operating from the basement of our family home. Back then, our focus was on creating customized products for customers across the nation. My dad demonstrated remarkable dedication by waking up at 4am each morning to meticulously handcraft every item. Although my siblings and I would occasionally assisted him, an amusing incident involving my little brother taping an empty package led to the decision that we should prioritize our education rather than becoming little entrepreneurs ourselves. I can still remember the smell of acrylic piercing the morning air when my siblings and I would head out to catch the school bus. Oh yes, our neighbors certainly knew how hard working our dad was, too!

Thanks to Dad's incredible work ethic and perseverance, his hobby manifested into a full fledged business serving customers across the country. I joined the team after settling into my freshman year of college and it has been an absolutely amazing experience to learn and work alongside such an incredible man. 

As we worked through the various obstacles of growing a start-up business, my family was also tackling challenges at home. My grandpa, Dad’s father, developed Alzheimer’s and the disease rapidly took root within him. What we noticed, though, was that Grandpa would always keep a picture of my late grandma close by him. It comforted him greatly; he’d sometimes even talk with her, remembering and laughing about the memories they created together throughout their lives. It was then we truly understood the incredible power pictures hold within them. 

Our company took on a whole new level of importance for us. My dad and I started really focusing on what we wanted this company to be and how we wanted to connect with our customers. Soon after, we updated our mission statement: We recognize every picture tells a story and holds powerful memories. To honor this, we want to engage with customers to create lasting, beautiful pieces with them so they can treasure their memories forever. 

We’ve had the amazing opportunity of working with you to create pieces worthy of displaying your most precious memories and it’s been an absolute pleasure for us. (We still make custom pieces from your photos on our website: www.PicFoams.com)

After graduating in 2019 with my Bachelor's Degree in English Lit, I dove headfirst into my job. Around that time, I stumbled upon A Court of Thorns and Roses. Little did I know, it would completely change our lives! I couldn't get enough of the series, falling in love with the world and its vibrant characters. It became a bit of an obsession, and I started making acrylic bookshelf decorations inspired by the series. When I shared them on BookTok, I was amazed to see others interested in these pieces too! 

After reaching out to SJM's team about licensing, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a prompt response. Shortly after that initial email, we successfully obtained a license from SJM, making us an official merchant. As a result, I spearheaded the creation of a new division within our company: AcryliPics.com. Since then, we've worked with incredible authors, publishers, distributors, and artists within this amazing industry. We've connected with hundreds of thousands of the most fantastic people within the most passionate and exciting communities ever! We're living our dream thanks to all of your incredible support. It's been an exciting journey, and I can't wait to see the fantastic opportunities that lie ahead!

Thank you so much for your support! It means the absolute world to each and every one of us, especially to me and my dad! Here's to the future and the thrilling adventures it has in store for us all!

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