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Janior Alvarez enjoys thinking outside the box — literally and figuratively. After all, as part of the team at All Boxed Up, Alvarez works as the designer, creating unique shapes to customers’ exact specifications.

Recently pressing together a cardboard cut-out to finish a Texas-shaped box, Alvarez says he enjoys the creative and mathematical aspects of his work. He uses a large, flat table equipped with a computerized cutter to score the designs he creates via computer onto a 70-inch by 110-inch piece of corrugated cardboard. After the design is scored and notched precisely to his specifications, Alvarez taps out the pieces and puts together the uniquely-shaped box.

“I’m always creating something new,” he said.

Janior’s designs are only one of the many ways All Boxed Up is taking boxes to a new level. Inside the showroom at the Lakeside Business District in Flower Mound, boxes of all shapes and sizes offer an assortment of options for customers.

A cardboard playhouse, standing just over 3 feet tall, has proven to be popular among the younger set.

Decorated with designs, the playhouse invites not only an opportunity for play but also an extra element — an opportunity to color.

“I had a birthday party with my daughter and we set up seven or eight of them,” said Wade Stephens, e-commerce director for the business.

“The kids played for an hour and a half, coloring them,” he said, adding they also were able to take their personalized cardboard playhouses home with them as a party favor.

Other unique uses for boxes range from a desk complete with drawers to a tailgate bar, which can be broken down after a game and re-used for the next tailgate party.

In the center of the showroom, stacked one atop the next, is an array of colorful boxes, some with camouflage designs in different hues. The idea, Stephens said, is to make moving a lot easier.

“We know moving is a pain,” he said, adding All Boxed Up owners decided to create different patterns and colors so that family members can use certain colors or patterns for rooms or for family members to make it easier when they arrive at their destination and begin unpacking.

Along the back of the showroom on the top shelf, a line of gift boxes in different hues with a gift tag included in the design on top make gift giving a lot easier, Stephens said. The gift giver can grab the color they want, put the gift inside, write the names on top and it is ready to ship, put under a tree or take to a birthday party.

“It’s a lazy man’s gift box,” Stephens said, smiling.

The company has crafted trash cans for community events as well as created boxes for such large items as a treadmill.

All Boxed Up  is a sister company to Titan Corrugated, which produces boxes for such clients as Pepsi, RPG and Epson — to name a few. The company, also located in the Lakeside Business District, one of the largest buyers of corrugated cardboard in the region and creates 2 million square feet of boxes per day. Jon and Jennifer Reneau, owners of both businesses, has been in the industry for 25 years, Stephens said.

For more information about All Boxed Up, visit www.allboxedup.com, give them a call at 972-539-6400 or stop by the store and take a look at 1200 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 425.

If they don’t have the box you need, just ask for Janior Alvarez. He’s always ready to create something new.

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