MELMORE - Amanda Mack is stitching memories and special gifts at Thread Designs, her new screen printing, embroidery and sewing shop in Melmore.
Mack said she purchased the former Aqua Tech Environmental building and, with her family, has been renovating the property to get it ready for business. The location, she said, needed "lots of building work and renovations," but she felt it was a perfect setting to establish and expand her business.
Before purchasing the building, at 6878 S. SR 100, Mack said she worked from home since August 2012. Since hosting a grand opening at Thread Designs in mid-November, Mack said she has experienced a substantial increase in business and additional orders have "kept her busy."
Mack said she and her mom work at Thread Designs, and together they strive to serve "very unique people with unique items."
Often, she said, people think only of T-shirts when they think of screen printing and embroidery, but the products at Thread Designs are diverse.
Examples of items that can be created at the shop, she said, include stockings, cornhole bags and quilts.
Mack also offers a line of stuffed animals that can be personalized with names and birthdates as baby gifts. Towels, tablet covers, wine totes and duffle bags are featured on the shop's Facebook page as additional examples of Thread Design's gift ideas and personalized projects.
While Mack said she has the capacity to fulfill large orders, up to a few hundred items, she prefers small, more personal orders.
Other services offered at Thread Designs, she said, are bridal alterations and other projects that involve sewing.
Mack said her turnaround time is about two weeks and her prices are "comparable and competitive." Shipping is available for out-of-town orders.
Mack said she is relying on Facebook and word-of-mouth to attract business. Facebook,
she said, "has done wonders for me."