January 25, 2018
Whew how time flies! It's been over a year since our last post and a lot has happened since then! We've finally moved the business out of our house and found a much larger one room office suite. At least it seemed larger at the time compared to when we worked out of our living room at home.
The suite was actually part of a 2 room suite, we took half and passed on the other room. It's located on the 2nd floor of a shared Commercial building on Post Road in Fairfield, CT. Our neighbors on the 2nd floor are made up of various therapists, designers and I believe a garage door installation company. Todd Tuozzoli a therapist moved in a month right after we did into the adjacent empty suite we passed on. He's a real cool down to earth guy.
The above picture is the office suite obviously full. This was back in late July 2017 It took us a weekend to move everything and about a week to set up.
I saw some pics online on Pinterest of things built out of 2x4's so I actually built another desk out of 2x4's. After all lumber, screws, drill bits and sandpaper it cost less than $50.00 to make.
I purchased a couple more racks at Costco, put together a large 4x8' work table w/"Rhino Mat" which is a great product and a few other small purchases here and there to make it comfortable.
Then it got real busy...Class of shirts was hugely popular! Here's some pics of some of our happy customers kids.
Eventually sometime in October after only 2 months we started to think that the "large" office suite wasn't big enough anymore because we were getting even busier and work started piling up. Our normal 3-5 day turnaround time became 5-7 business days...then eventually it became 7-10 business days! We couldn't keep up and we needed help! We started to regret passing on the 2nd room of the suite, but it was alright Todd's a cool guy and I'm glad he got the space. But there was a point last year where I was really worried.
Then out of the blue without even asking our landlord, Abe randomly stopped by to speak with us about a larger space being available downstairs if we were interested. WOW It was fortuitous how things turned out.
So the first week of November 2017 we moved downstairs into a much larger space with an actual street level storefront. Our shop has been a work in progress for the past 3 months. Here's some pics of our space now.
Our main work area
The mannequins found a new home by our front door...
We picked up another Geo Knight heat press with stand...
The small office in the back we set-up with our Roland vinyl printer that we also picked up last year.
We hired two employees a very happy Ryan full-time (see below selfie) and Andrew part-time (not pictured). Dave's in the background (he's camera shy).
Finally our shop sign lit up at night over our front window!
This was our last big purchase made last year and it was actually installed by Superior Signs from Monroe, CT on December 22nd just a few days before Christmas.
2017 turned into a very memorable year and I want to take this moment to thank all of our family, friends and of course all our great customers for making it great year! Thanks everyone and thanks for reading!