Everybody knows you as the guys that run Absolute Print on Junction Road but how did you first meet?
We went to school together in Enfield, but actually we're real locals because we were both born at the old maternity hospital on Holloway Rd.
And how did you come to start a business like this?
Engin has a degree in computer design and Hak did an apprenticeship with a traditional printer plus a degree at the London College of Printing. So our skills complemented each other.
What brought you (back) to Archway?
It all started with a haircut! Hak used to come down to Junction Road to have his hair cut by a friend at Junction Barbers. The owner knew that we were setting up in business together and one day he mentioned that there were premises available on Junction Road. We've been here ever since – that's nearly twenty years now.
When we first came here we had a big old-fashioned printing press, which is long gone. Now we have state-of-the-art computer equipment.
And how do you describe your business now?
Much, much more than a local stationery and copy shop - we love that side of the business and the people that we meet as a result - but we've grown into a company which exports our designed and printed materials as far away as Monaco, Spain and China.
What's the most attractive thing about Archway?
The people, they have a great vibe and a great sense of community in a way you don't find anywhere else. After that we'd say the restaurants and cafés - there's a huge choice. Our favourite for breakfast is The Gate on Archway Island - that's where we were this morning.
Now tell me something surprising about Archway
We think it must be in some kind of time warp because of the number of Doctor Whos who live round here - David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Sylvester McCoy - and Matt Smith has actually been into the shop! We just wish our office was like the Tardis but if anything it's rather smaller than it looks…