Shirt Designs Online
P.O. Box 961611
Boston, MA 02196
Telephone: (800) 970-1774
Product: $29/month Design Studio software for Screen Print and Embroidery shop websites.
Contact: Mark Stoddart
About Shirt Designs Online (Boston, MA)
Our team is probably the most diverse group of people ever put in one place, but we all have one thing in common, well a couple things, okay a few things.
All of us have some type of background in engineering and we all have a desire to make doing business easier for both the customers and the company owners. Some of our engineering experience goes back as far as the 1980’s (that’s right folks, big hair, leg warmers, the Walk-Man...), when computers were just beginning to show us the possibilities of what they could offer us in the future.
Some of us are strong in software development, hardware, technical expertise and customer service. About five…maybe ten years ago (we are mostly guys with no sense of time), some of us decided to veer off from our professional career path and ventured out into other types of industry, construction, management and automotive were just a few. But one (the smart one, the visionary, the Grand Pu Ba, The Man) ventured into the embellishment industry and discovered that screen printing and embroidery was awesome with tons of great, creative people that were not afraid to get their hands dirty (literally...have you seen our hands?).
So, we brought our collective backgrounds to the table. We felt that some things in this industry could be changed, and one was customers being able to use a design studio by themselves…on-line. We looked around and found a lot of great companies that already had this idea and launched their products years ago, but they were very advanced… too advanced for the typical Joe Schmo who just wanted to have some shirts made for his brother’s bachelor party. There were lots of terms like “layers” and “vector” and most customers thought of onions and Star Wars (think about it . . .) and had no idea what that meant. All they wanted to do is design a shirt, not become a Graphic Designer. We also found other issues with these high-end, high-cost products. If all you wanted to do is design a t-shirt, being required to pick a t-shirt from over 20 different brands and styles was a distraction and took away the fun and created frustration for the customer. Lastly, and most importantly, we found the cost of the service to be far too expensive for the small to mid-sized shop. The startup cost was huge, and the monthly fee on top of that was a bit to high for most shops to afford.
That brings us to our Design Studio. We wanted to K.I.S.S. it (Keep It Simple Stupid)! A Design Studio for everyone. It is simple to use, easy to setup and all at a low cost. We hope you feel the same way.
Screen Printing, Custom T-Shirts, Custom Embroidery, Signs in Berks County, Pennsylvania (New ASPA Member)
Giant Robo Printing
300 Ben Franklin Hwy E
Douglassville, PA 19518
Telephone: (484) 787-3845
Services: Screen Printing, Custom T-Shirts, Signs and Banners, Custom Embroidery
About: Giant Robo Printing is a full service print shop based in Berks County, PA. We offer screen printing, DTG printing, dye sublimation, pad printing, embroidery and sand blasting. While we are based in a small town, we have the capabilities of serving customers all over the world.
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Contact: Brian Welch
The Story of Giant Robo Printing
My name is Brian Welch and I have walked a rather long and winding path to get to where I am today. From an early age, I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. My parents used to dissuade me from that path, claiming it was too difficult and uncertain but my mind was made up and I can be rather stubborn. I am 43 now so back when I was in High School, the Internet was still in it's early stages. I fell in love with computers, technology and the Web.
My first business was building computers for both individuals and small businesses. I would source the components, build them, set them up at their office and offer some basic training to their employees on how to use them. I was a teenager at the time but there weren't a lot of people offering that and computer stores were few and far between. Still, it was a lot of work and expense and I knew it wouldn't work long term.
I decided I wanted to move my business to the Web and start making websites for companies. The Internet was so new there were no college classes on programming for the web. If you wanted to learn how to build websites, you had to figure it out on your own so that's what I did. At this point I was fresh out of High School, working full time during the day and going to college at night. Looking back, I am not sure when I slept because after doing my homework, I would teach myself to code. I built a few websites for some friends that I knew and once I had a small portfolio, I started my next company, Perfect Presence, a web design and hosting company. It really took off and I ended up quitting my day job and dropping out of college after my 2nd year to focus solely on my business. It drove my parents nuts but they were very supportive.
By the mid to late 90's I had built quite a few websites for local business but I also worked on a few of my own projects. I had created the first directory website for online business services and had built the first (I think) ad network that was based solely on text links rather than banners. Those projects had peaked the interest of an Internet startup out in Orange County, CA called eFront Media. They were a rapidly growing network of content websites that was on the path of going public during the insane dot com boom. They purchased my side projects for over $1,000,000 in stock options and hired me on as a Director. I got the cover story of the local paper and word quickly spread among people that knew me. I was in my early 20's and just struck it rich (or so everyone thought).
We were just a few months away from our IPO when the Dot Com crash happened and the company took a dark turn. They asked me to do some things I thought were unethical so I quit and went back to running Perfect Presence. I still owned the stock options which were supposed to be the big payoff so I wasn't too worried about it. A few months later, the CEO's computer was hacked and his chat logs were released outlining some really shady business practices (most of us were completely unaware). Later it was found that he was working under a false name and was already wanted for fraud in his previous business. Needless to say, the company never went public and those stock options weren't worth the paper they were printed on. It was a crazy roller coaster and to this day, I run into old friends and acquaintances that think I am this eccentric and humble Internet millionaire.
With all of that behind me, I decided to get int the world of Ecommerce. Amazon was still in it's very early stages and the world of Ecommerce was exploding with small shops. I developed my own Ecommerce platform using programmers from the Ukraine and built a network of niche Ecommerce stores. It got the attention of an investor out in Seattle who was impressed with what I was doing. He was looking to get into the world of Ecommerce but didn't know much about it and didn't have any facilities. At the time I had a small 2500 square foot warehouse and office space along with a few employees. We decided to partner together and in 2006 we purchased SuperHeroStuff.com.
When we acquired it, the site was only doing about $100K in revenue every year. I was a huge comic book nerd (still am) and was pretty excited to take this project on. Over the next 12 years we grew to a company that was doing over $10,000,000 a year in revenue, had 35 employees and had expanded into nearly 20,000 square feet of warehouse space.
It was with this business that I learned a lot about the printing business. We didn't own the license so we couldn't print these products ourselves but since we had become many of these license holders biggest customer, we were able to work with them to get custom shirts and hats produced. We worked with a wide variety of shops that did screen printing and DTG for t-shirts and we worked with New Era to develop a pretty impressive line of embroidered superhero hats. Even though we didn't do that work ourselves, being part of that process was really fascinating, I loved the idea of starting with a design on a computer and making an actual product that people wanted to buy and wear.
In August of 2018 we sold SuperHeroStuff.com and I knew right away that with the money I made from the sale of that business, I wanted to start a print shop. The NBM show in Indianapolis was the first trade show I could find so I went out, took a bunch of classes, met a bunch of suppliers and started on my plan. By November of that year I had purchased my first Epson F2100 DTG printer, my Sawgrass SG800 dye sublimation printer and an Ikonics sand blasting cabinet to do glass etching.
I was pretty familiar with the world of Ecommerce so I launched https://www.brewswag.com, a store selling merchandise to homebrewers and craft beer fans. I never intended to open up an actual print shop. My plan was to launch my own stores and control my supply chain by doing all the printing myself. However, the word got out that I had this equipment and more and more people started asking me to print stuff for them so in early 2019, I launched Giant Robo Printing, our full service print shop. We just moved moved everything out of my basement and garage and moved into our brand new commercial space at the beginning of March. We are excited to see what the future brings and we are really loving the print life.
507 Springfield Rd
Boiling Springs, SC 29316
Telephone: (864) 578-7844
Services: Screen Printing, Custom T-Shirts, Signs and Banners, Custom Embroidery
About: Turner Graphics specializes in Screen Printing, Graphic Printing, and Embroidery. We're proud to offer our services to businesses across the United States right from our hometown of Boiling Springs, SC.
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Contact: Todd Turner
ASPA launches new ASPAMembers.com website for 2020.
American Screen Printing Association now has online a brand new version of the ASPAMembers.com website. Our new site is a complete remake of our old site which was launched in 2013. The new site is a "responsive" design that makes web pages display well on a variety of devices and/or screen sizes. Our site can now be viewed favorably on smart phones and tablets, a feature that the old version lacked. In addition, we've switched from a "dark" site to a bright white page design to make for easier reading. And equally important, our new site conforms to Google's search requirements for "mobile friendly" which should boost the ratings of our site for mobile users.
We will be adding new content on a regular basis to our new site and we welcome your content submissions. If you are an ASPA member and would like to tell the story of your business or how you got started in screen printing or have a story about graphics, signage, embroidery--or whatever, we'd sure like to hear from you. If you're a supplier and have an interesting "case study" story,
email it to us. People love to read stories about others "in the business" and it's a great online promotion for your print shop as well.
Thanks for supporting us for the last 16 years. Enjoy our new website (if you have any comments or suggestions, please send us a message.
We wish you a great year and hope to hear from you in 2020!
USA Custom Buttons
Baldwin, NY 11510
Services: Custom T-Shirts, Screen Printing, Custom Buttons
About: USA Custom Buttons is a service-oriented custom buttons and custom apparel business. We make custom buttons of all sizes ranging from 1.25", 2.25", and 3" buttons. We also make custom magnets, keychains, spinners, mirrors and more. We also screen print. We specialize in helping churches and organizations fundraise. We also serve entrepreneurs by helping small businesses build their branding, marketing approach and online presence. We pride ourselves in quick turnaround times, quality products, and excellent service.
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Contact: Hilary Greene
Sylvania Custom Apparel
7060 Sylvania Ave.
Sylvania, OH 43560
Telephone: (419) 885-1167
Services: Screen Printer, Custom T-Shirts, Contract Screen Printer, Graphic Artist,
Custom Embroidery, Embroidery Digitizing
About: We are a decorating business with both screen printing and embroidering capabilities. Both divisions do custom work as well as contract work. We work closely with customers on design and apparel selections to make sure that what they purchase will look good for the long run. We offer the ability to set up custom team stores for online sales for our high school and youth sports customers.
We are primarily an athletic management corporation located in Northwest Ohio. Due to the Pro Shop we run as a part of our operations the owners of both our screen printer and embroiderer independently approached us regarding the acquisitions of their companies, so we were faced with either finding someone to replace them as our service provider or to try to learn the industries. We opted to learn the industries while keeping their staffs in place. It's been rocky at times but interesting as well.
Seven years ago when we acquired the screen printing company we inherited two Riley Hopkins manual presses and added one M&R Diamondback automatic in the screen printing operations. Our goal is to increase production rates while maintaining quality product. We recently upgraded our graphics computer to an Apple and use both AI and Corel software (due to the backgrounds of our previous printing managers), as well as purchasing an Epson vinyl cutter for custom names primarily.
Our entry into embroidery occurred in the fall of 2018 with a 6 head SWF embroidery machine. Since November, we have purchased a second 6 head machine and a single head unit for personalizations and sew outs. The process of adding embroidery to our customer base and product lines has been much smoother, so maybe we learned some lessons along the way.
- Tom Cline
Custom T-Shirts, Screen Printing, SIgns and Banners, Promotional Products in Belleair Bluffs, Florida (New ASPA Member)
Collier Screen Printing
Collier Screen Printing | Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770
Services: Screen Printer, Custom T-Shirts, Sign Shop, Graphic
Artist, Sublimation Printing, Promotional Products Distributor
About: We are full service screen printer in the Tampa Bay area.
In addition to screen printing, we do a lot of sign business and
utilize digital printing to make us a one stop shop for our clients.
Contact: Quentin Collier
ASPA Member Story - TShirts On You.com - Custom T-shirts, Screen Printing and Promotional Products in Sarasota, Florida.
Tshirts on You - Custom Screen Printing
Have an interesting story about your print shop?