EDMORE — Main Street Portraits has long offered photography and painting classes for residents looking for artistic opportunities.
Robin Miller, the studio’s proprietor and photographer, is now operating the business under a new name, Triumph Design Studio, and working alongside her son-in-law, Jeramee Gilman of Blanchard.
The new name comes with other changes. The business now offers graphic design, custom vinyl printing and apparel in addition to Miller’s photography and painting classes.
“At this point, the photography and the art have been my thing, and while I still continue with that, I look forward to pursuing a little bit more on the graphic design end,” Miller said.
Triumph Custom Vinyl & Apparel began three years ago when Gilman bought a vinyl cutter to do vinyl lettering signs and “mess around with it.”
“One person found out we had it and asked for a custom decal,” Gilman said. “Then, one thing led to another, and here we are. We just kind of snowballed into this.”
The business continued to grow, and Gilman welcomed Jesse Hockstra, a Montabella alumnus, aboard to help with graphic design.
Eventually, Gilman decided to take the leap to work full-time with his custom vinyl business. As business continued to grow over the years, he decided to expand to Edmore and open The Spirit Store.
“It wasn’t a bad facility, but the exposure here is so much better,” Gilman said. “It’s easier for people to find us here. Meetings are much more comfortable here than they were in a pole barn.”
Miller added that they are going to keep working to improve the facility and add expand the showroom to showcase more of the T-shirt designs.
The Spirit Store offers local school printed apparel, and being tied with the vinyl cutting business, Gilman can also take custom orders.
Some printing is done in Edmore, but the bulk of it takes place at the Blanchard facility. Between the two locations, Gilman has the capability to print on anything from socks to shirts to hats to oversized banners to pontoon boat wraps.
“Anything apparel-wise we can do, and I mean from flip-flops to beanie hats. We do custom dye sublimation, so literally, we can do flip-flops,” Gilman said. “We equip some companies with their entire clothing line from head to toe.”
Another highlight of the business is there are no minimums. Gilman said it makes their jobs more difficult, but when they sell a single person one custom shirt, that customer usually comes back with a bigger order.
Gilman, who is also Montabella’s middle school football coach, wants to be able to give back to the community. When a customer from a school organizations makes an order, Triumph Design Studios will make a donation back to that school. They use the same principal for fundraisers, too.
“I think above all our main purpose here is to be very involved and try to help out with fundraising opportunities for different schools,” Miller said.
Wearing the hat of Triumph Design Studios owner and a football coach, Gilman is working on a fundraiser to purchase and an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for outdoor youth athletic events.
The AED costs $1,600, but Gilman said the chances of a child surviving a cardiac event increase from 15 percent to 85 percent.
Triumph Design Studios has five shirt designs available at triumphdesignstudio.com/homepage/design-servicesproducts and a portion of the proceeds go to purchasing an AED.
Triumph Design Studios and The Spirit Store are open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 424 E. Main St. in Edmore.
Triumph Design Studios
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Address: 424 E. Main St., Edmore
Phone: (989) 427-5367
The Spirit Store, a part of Triumph Design Studios, shares the same contact information and hours.