San Mateo, Calif. – CafePress, a service that allows people
to create and sell custom t-shirts, mugs, posters and other unique gifts, said
on Thursday it has acquired North Carolina-based Canvas On Demand, an online
service for creating personalized custom canvases from photographs.
terms of the deal — which also includes sister companies Canvas On Demand Pro
and Great Big Canvas — were not disclosed.
CafePress said the acquisition
complements its 2008 deal for Imagekind, an online art community where artists
sell their art on a range of canvases and frames.
Canvas On Demand’s co-owners
and co-founders, Joe Schmidt and Tom Lotrecchiano, will become general managers
for all of CafePress’ art business, overseeing management of Canvas on Demand
Canvas On Demand operations will remain in Raleigh, N.C.