Check It Out: Not Your Mama’s Craft Market!

 

Spring is finally here and at Sugar Pie Tees, we couldn’t be more excited! It’s the start of the outdoor market and festival season here in Ohio, and in just 1 week we’ll be pullin’ out our Sugar Shack and headin’ to Marysville, Ohio for the Not Your Mama’s Craft Market on Saturday May 4th, 2013.

We had the privilege to bring our Sugar Pie Tees to the very first Not Your Mama’s Craft Market this past November and it was absolutely awesome!   The vendors that attend this market create the most fun, fabulous and unique items…there is truly something for everyone at this market!

not your mamas craft market

Continue reading “Check It Out: Not Your Mama’s Craft Market!”

Great Companies Need Great Partners: Traxler Tees

Sugar Pie Tees may be a ‘Mom & Pop Shop’, but that doesn’t mean that we can do everything ourselves.  As small business owners, we understand that to build a great company you need to have great partners.  Still feeling a bit of the Valentine’s Day spirit this week, I’d like to share a little love with our screen printer, Traxler Tees.

Traxler, also based here in central Ohio, is a small, but growing company.  Founded and owned by Zachary and Erin Traxler, Traxler Tees employs a team of highly-skilled and friendly screen printers and designers.  They are huge advocates for supporting the local community and other small businesses.

traxler_teesSo what is it that we love about Traxler Tees?  I could probably sum it up in 1 sentence:  They are so friendly and easy to work with and they deliver quality work! That’s true, but let me elaborate a bit.

Here is the process we’ve experienced using Traxler Tees over the last 6 months: After we finish a tee design and we’ve created our artwork, we create a mockup that we email to Traxler.  We send our art files, describe the style of tee to be printed on and an amount of tees needed.  We always provide our own tees for printing, but Traxler can take care of ordering any style of tee and quantity that a client may need.  We then ask any additional questions and request a quote. A few hours later (it’s usually much quicker), we get a quote, our questions answered and we give the go-ahead for the job. Depending upon the size of our order, within 10 business days Traxler prints us top quality, great-looking tees that our customers love. It doesn’t get any easier or better than that.

But wait, there’s more!  Since they are relatively small and they’re a local startup just like us, the great people at Traxler understand that the little guys (and gals) are just as important as the big dawgs.  They have BIG business clients with large orders, and smaller clients like us at Sugar Pie Tees. When you work with Traxler, you never feel that size matters…and that is very refreshing indeed. They’re also more than happy to help clients with some basic (but very important) aspects of screen printing: how specific inks will look and feel, suggestions for desirable tee fabrics and styles at good prices, etc. They give small business the service they want and need.  I truly believe that using Traxler Tees for our screen printing has definitely played a part in our success.made_in_ohio_stamped_mockup

Yes, great companies need great partners. So if you have a screen printing job (BIG or small) and you want top-notch quality, friendly service and reasonable rates…give our friends (and partners) over at Traxler Tees a call.

And tell ’em Sugar Pie sends her love.

Visit Traxler Tees on FaceBook

Traxler Tees on Twitter

 

Happy Valentine’s Day From SUGAR PIE TEES!

Adorable AvaIt’s true what they say:  “All you need is LOVE.”

And at Sugar Pie Tees….we truly LOVE our FABulous customers!

Honestly, we think about our customers during every step of our tee creation process, for every tee we make.  Is this fabric soft & comfy enough? Would I wear this tee design out & about? Would I want this tee as a gift? Does this tee really look good on me?

Seriously. When it comes right down to it, we started Sugar Pie Tees to create fun & fabulous tees that WE wanted to wear….with the desire & hope that other people would want to wear them as well.

Luckily, others DO want to wear our tees….and we’re THRILLED about that!

 

Cute NatalieJason and I have been ‘officially’ in business and selling our tees for 5 months now, and we’ve learned a lot. Many designs and revisions, mistakes and successes. A large group of friends, fans (and total strangers!) have bought, worn and loved our tees….and given us great insight and invaluable feedback.

Customer feedback. We consider that to be one of the most important elements of creating and maintaining a successful brand and business. We always LOVE getting pics of customers wearing our tees. We share them and cherish each one. We also LOVE getting feedback, critiques and suggestions from customers…and we cherish those even more. This feedback makes us better, stronger and smarter.

When we first launched Sugar Pie Tees, we sold our signature MADE IN OHIO tee in a red tri-blend ladies v-neck and scoop neck style, in addition to a red tri-blend unisex crew and v-neck style. The ladies styles were more slim-fitting and very flattering, and our brand was aimed at women…so we created more of those tees and carried them in sizes small through large. We believed that the unisex style would appeal mainly to men, so we offered just a few MADE IN OHIO tees in the unisex style, sizes large through 2XL.

Lovely MicheleAfter many sales online and at a few festivals, we received customer feedback and quickly realized that the ladies tees were liked, but not necessarily the best or most desired style and fit for our core customer base. The unisex tri-blend tee was just as soft, flattering and attractive…but with a more comfortable and flattering fit for more people. We listened to our customers and made adjustments in our purchasing and supply. We also used what we learned for our other tee designs as well, most recently for our ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE tee.  Thanks to  feedback, we now have better-designed tees, happier customers and more sales. You can’t ask for anything better than that.

So this is a Happy Valentine’s Day message from Sugar Pie Tees to our fabulous and faithful customers. We thank and LOVE each and every one of you. We value your support and we learn and grow from your feedback. We are successful because of you and we will never forget that.

All you need is love….and we LOVE you!

 

OutLoud Magazine – Sugar Pie Tees Giveaway

OutLoud MagazineOutLoud Magazine guides women to live life louder.

OutLoud Magazine targets women in their twenties and offers encouragement, empowerment and entertainment in bi-monthly online publications.  Every month, OutLoud runs a contest through their Facebook page, offering a giveaway from local women-owned businesses.  This month, Sugar Pie Tees has been given the privilege to participate.

“If your T-shirt could say one thing about you, what would it say?”

Head over to the OutLoud Magazine FaceBook page, click on the cover photo and post your answer to that question for a chance to win your choice of a Sugar Pie Tees T-shirt!  Be sure to like OutLoud Magazine on FaceBook also.

*********************************************************

About OutLoud Magazine
Located in Columbus, Ohio, OutLoud Magazine provides women with an edgy, reliable resource for their day-to-day lives. From college to cribs, OutLoud helps women find fulfillment in their lives. OutLoud transforms a whisper to a shout—and they’ll help make that shout a loud one.

Learn more about OutLoud Magazine at their blog or read the latest issue of OutLoud Magazine.

 

Introducing Sugar Pie Tees Blog

Hello and welcome….we’re SO thrilled you decided to check us out! We create awesome tees and we LOVE to share them!

Want to know about us?
Well, we’re Kelly and Jason Blanton and we are Sugar Pie Tees. Honestly, we’re just two crazy, obsessed longtime tee-lovers who got tired of seeing and buying so-so tees…so we decided take the leap and start our own business designing, creating and selling awesome tees. We have always had the entrepreneurial spirit and we put our whole heart and soul into this entire process.  We knew that we wouldn’t be able to do everything from the very beginning, but we know where we want the Sugar Pie Tees brand to be — so now we have our plan to get there.

What’s important?
First and foremost, the tee has to be awesome! Continue reading “Introducing Sugar Pie Tees Blog”