But if the business has hummed along, it's required some adjustment amid the rise of competitors of all kinds. At least one — Justseeds, a Pittsburgh-based, worker-owned collaborative run out of an old detective agency — has a similarly social-minded mission, pulling together print artists from across the country (including Providence's Meredith Stern) to do works of radical political consciousness.

"In order for us to stay on top of this," Buonaccorsi says, "we have to release things that are more interesting. We have to be more compelling."

Tiny Showcase sells pins, T-shirts, and rubber stamps turned out by Buonaccorsi's dad's old hockey buddy down the street.

And it increasingly aims to distinguish its mainstay — the print — with old-timey handcraft: screen printing out of the Head Light Hotel, a separate shop Buonaccorsi runs at the Steel Yard complex, foil-stamping done by W.E. Jackson & Co in Centerdale, and letterpress work performed on decades-old machines at DWRI Letterpress on Knight Street in Providence.

Sometimes change means plucking from the past.

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