CHARLESTON -- A local business owner looking to expand his offerings and another looking to get out of the game spawned the Shirt Factory move to 18th Street.
Jeff Browning, B & B Trophy and Charleston Graphics owner, has taken over ownership of the Shirt Factory and within the past year, the shirt printing business finished its transfer over from the Charleston square to its new home at 807A 18th St. with Browning’s other businesses.
Browning said Rich Sanderfer, Shirt Factory owner, and he had been throwing around the idea of going in together on the business.
Browning was excited by the prospect, especially as much of the work Charleston Graphics handled waned with the introduction of regulations surrounding the Affordable Care Act. For years, Charleston Graphics has designed forms for hospitals to use, but Browning said the ACA regulations and developing technologies have made it challenging as the business is going electronic.
According to Browning, Sanderfer was ready to retire, at least partially. So, Browning absorbed the T-shirt business and now that lot on 18th covers services for trophies, graphics, and T-shirt creation.
Browning said much of the work the two did was in the same area and the addition of Shirt Factory works.
“It all just fit very nicely,” he said.
Sanderfer still takes on the actual printing but has been phasing out of the other roles in the business.
While technically a separate entity from the two other businesses, the inclusion of the Shirt Factory is seen as an addition to what is offered at the location already.
The Shirt Factory still provides customized clothing for customers including embroidery, vinyl, T-shirts, hoodies and sweaters. Browning said not much has changed for the business other than the location. He said the services are the same as what they offered when on the square.
“It is pretty good the way it is,” he said.
The T-shirt store will continue to stay open 8 a.m until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with availability for appointments over the weekend.