With autumn weather finally arriving in Clark County, now is the perfect time for local clubs, businesses, and other creatively inclined consumers to think about bundling up in fashion.
Jamie Young and her team at Uptown Screen Printing are here to help customers put their own unique stamp on sweater weather season with custom-made apparel.
Jaime Young is the owner of Uptown Screen Printing, 713 W. Main St., Battle Ground. The company uses the process of screen printing, transferring stenciled designs onto fabric using a mesh screen, ink and a squeegee, to create unique customized pieces of apparel for customers and collaborating businesses.
Before starting Uptown Screen Printing, Young began with her previous brand Attagirl Promotions, primarily focusing on promotional products and giveaway items as part of a large trade show. She said the connections she made there kindled her joy for working directly with customers making one-of-a-kind products.
Young began making the shift to this new business, officially starting the Uptown Screen Printing brand back in 2018, starting small and creating mainly small giveaway souvenirs, trinkets, and goodie bag items before buying out a local screen printer to make the expansion to custom clothing and accessories.
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“Taking the plunge on opening my own business felt like a crazy decision at first, but it couldn’t be more rewarding,” Young said. “I get to connect more deeply with my local community now. I love being able to see people in town wearing shirts and hats my team and I have decorated personally in our shop.”
The coming fall and winter seasons have proven to be particularly busy as local clubs and businesses flock to the store to stock up on specialty printed hats, beanies, and sweatshirts to rep their respective designs and logos during the chilly months.
While booming business can often be overwhelming, Young is grateful for the challenge.
“When you truly love what you do, it can be hard to leave work at work sometimes,” Young said. “I think the hardest part of owning your own business is keeping that balance between work and home. As a wife and mother, it’s so important for me to be able to honor my business hours so that I can have that time to truly focus on my family.”
From early brainstorming sessions to rough prototypes and design mock-ups, all the way to the finished product, Uptown Screen Printing works closely with its customers in creating their product.
“The most important thing I want people to know about Uptown Screen Printing is that we really do care about our customers and the fun creations we get to make for them,” Young said. “There may be larger chain or online services who make similar products, but no one is going to give you the personalized experience we can. Supporting small businesses really does matter; the more we support one another the more our local community gets to grow and thrive together.”
For those interested in having their own custom creations brought to life by Young and her team members at Uptown Screen Printing, more information can be found on its website at www.uptownscreenprinting.com.