Build Your Business: Shop Talk

Repping Rad Clothing

June 1, 2018 |

In 2014, Mel Lay founded Gladstone, Oregon-based SandiLake Clothing to satisfy an unmet demand. She saw a trend in “statement clothing” for children, as well as matching sets for kids and adults.

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Stumbling Upon a ‘Hit’

May 17, 2018 |

Stuart McKown doesn’t have a long history in the decorated-apparel industry. In fact, he was in a different industry during the country’s most recent economic recession in 2008.

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Putting in the Work

May 7, 2018 |

Don’t quit your “real jobs.” That’s what everyone told Adam McCauley and Ryan Dost, co-owners of Michigan-based Sandlot Sports LLC, when they floated the idea of starting the business in 2008.

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Following the Signs

April 3, 2018 |

Fortunately, Doyle Rogers is as good at reading signs as he is at making them. When he took over his father’s Bridgman, Michigan-based sign shop in 2003, he soon realized the company was missing out on a lucrative business opportunity.

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Tipping the Scales

February 23, 2018 |

Every successful company has a “secret sauce,” that special element that allows it to rise above the competition and achieve prosperity. The ability to identify and fulfill a niche is, and always has been, key.

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Retail at High Tide

October 5, 2017 |

At first glance, Virginia Beach,Virginia-based Surf and Adventure Co.’s past appears rather complicated. But based on the retail shop’s current status, it seems that its history has positioned the printing business for a solid future.

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Life’s Calling

February 21, 2017 |

She smokes cigars and drives fast cars. But looking past the wafting smoke clouds and revving engines reveals a different side of Suzanne Whatley, owner of Branding Matters! LLC.

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A Different Decorator

May 3, 2016 |

Stephen Terrell wanted to prove the naysayers wrong when they said his way of doing business wouldn’t work. That desire ultimately catapulted his company, Print Works, to notable success in a relatively short time period.

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Keeping It Local

April 4, 2016 |

In 2005, Tom Rauen was working as a bartender in the small college town of Dubuque, Iowa, and — like most new college grads — wondering where life might take him next.

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Shop of All Trades

March 7, 2016 |

Large, high-volume printing shops don’t just appear. It takes years of
hard work to grow into a successful apparel-decorating business.

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Process Engineering

February 8, 2016 |

When Michael Rothermund got laid off from his fourth job in the engineering industry, he knew it was time for a change — and all signs pointed to the T-shirt business. 

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A Much-Needed Jolt

January 11, 2016 |

It started in his high school graphic-arts class in the 1990s. That is where Jason Lansdell, owner of Rome, Ga.-based High Voltage Prints, learned about the printing industry…

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Powered-Up Printing

September 8, 2015 |

It seems fitting that Hi Voltage Productions, Mike Ritchey’s aptly named apparel-decorating business, occupies a former 5,000-square-foot electric power station.

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Rapid Rise

August 7, 2015 |

It took Andrew Blood six years to regain his independence after an accident, and he’s been working almost non-stop since to make up for lost time…

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True to its Roots

April 6, 2015 |

Yellowknife, Northwest Territorries is home to more than picturesque views and the Northern Lights. Sarah Erasmus, co-founder of Erasmus Apparel (EA), has made her dreams come true there, creating apparel for residents and visitors alike. 

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Pushing Boundaries

March 19, 2015 |

The secret is simple, really, according to Rich Santo. Success not only comes when you can creatively and efficiently deliver on promises to your customers, but also when can push the limits.

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Rolling the Dice

March 13, 2015 |

Sometimes, an opportunity comes along and you just have to take it. Whether it’s a sure bet or a leap of faith, a new and different path can pay off handsomely.

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