Our History

You could call it accidental entrepreneurship, at least at the beginning. What began in 1989 as a simple means to purchase blank T-shirts at wholesale pricing quickly turned into a full-time career for two former advertising professionals. Rick and Aly Salz met in college and blended their expertise to create a Pasadena, CA based business that provided custom screen-printed T-shirts for colleagues and friends. Within a few months the business had outgrown their hobby hours and became their full-time job.

With a growing family and wanting to be close to family, they moved to Oregon in the early 90’s and setup shop in the Portland area, hiring several young college students. Recognizing that business was moving to the Information Superhighway (yes, the web was called that at one time), they added e-commerce sites and fulfillment, with a special emphasis on serving the restaurant industry. No other industry adds as many jobs or provides the kind of low-rung career opportunity that the foodservice industry does. Both founders have early career restaurant experience and that exposure to hard work and reward helped provide the work ethic and service attitude that is hard-wired into the company.

In 2006 a second location was opened in Kansas City to better serve our numerous franchise customers located all over the US.

We are a Veteran and Woman Owned Enterprise.

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