More space means more potential, says co-owner.
Local silk screenprinting apparel company Traxler Tees has moved to a new building (4608 Indianola Ave. Ste. E) that is about two miles north of its former location. The move means the company has about 900 more square feet of much-needed space. "We've exponentially grown," said co-owner Zachary Traxler (pictured). "We wanted to expand but we didn't want to move the business from Clintonville. The local sustainability here is tremendous and the community is great." Renovation plans for the new space are already in the works. Traxler said they plan to double the size of the space in the next six months, giving the company an opportunity to increase production and expand their design of items other than T-shirts, such as gig posters, wedding invitations, tags for garments and notebooks. This all will help them lure more high-profile customers (such as The Black Keys, with whom the staff recently had a meeting) and promote Traxler Tees' start-local-buy-Ohio proclivity. "We've always wanted to buy more equipment so we could print more," Traxler said. "Now we have the space to do that… We can double or triple production." The new store will no longer have a retail area; however, Traxler Tees will still be available at retail stores like Celebrate Local and free in-store pickup of online orders is available 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The spring line debuts in about three weeks, Traxler added, and features the work of the company's pre-production manager and designer Graham Erwin.
As for the old location, Traxler said, "all we have to do is sweep the floor and get out our fish tank and it'll be ready to rent."