- A new screen printing store in Tempe showcases the work of local artists and also prints T-shirts for local bands.
- With every% 2C item sold, the store will donate 10 percent to a local charity of the customer’s choice.
- Branded is located in part of the historic Creamery Comple.
A new screen printing store, Branded, recently opened in Tempe and aims to help members of nonprofit organizations while fostering a sense of community among Arizona artists and businesses.
Branded is near the Four Peaks Brewery, at the intersection of Dorsey Lane and Eighth Street, in part of the historic Creamery complex, which sat vacant for three years before Branded owner Drew Reyner rented it out. ‘space.
Reyner got involved in the sale and printing of personalized t-shirts after a family friend was diagnosed with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss. Reyner co-founded the nonprofit Give 1 Too and started selling t-shirts to help with the friend’s treatment. He was hiring a screen printing company before realizing he could reduce printing costs.
“I did some research and these companies were charging a ton,” he said. “I was like, ‘We could do this.’ “
Reyner found a bankrupt screen printing shop in Sacramento, bought the equipment, loaded a U-Haul, and returned to Arizona.
“I thought we were just going to print for ourselves,” Reyner said. “Then I wondered if people would be interested in printing their own stuff. “
Reyner opened a screen printing store in a small warehouse not far from the new retail space, where he began teaching local nonprofits, businesses and designers how to print their own shirts.
“I was like, ‘It’s perfect, I can do something that I love and teach,” Reyner said. “I have always been creative and an entrepreneur.”
In the original store, Reyner met Aaron Sipe, graphic designer and designer of the Wear Your Roots clothing line.
“He saw that I was there every day,” Sipe said. “We wanted to help other people learn to print, market and work together.”
Reyner approached Sipe to open Branded, which showcases clothing, accessories and artwork from 15 local businesses and three artists.
Reyner said he chose the location of the store because he liked the surrounding neighborhood.
It took nine months to renovate the building, which includes art installations by local artists and custom wood panels. Reyner’s friends and family helped with the store concept.
“There wasn’t really an art scene here and we wanted to do something different,” he said.
Branded’s screen printing side, known as Give Back Printing, makes T-shirts for local groups, businesses, and members of nonprofits at a fraction of the cost. Screen printing courses are also offered.
With each item sold, the store donates 10 percent of the sale to a local charity of the customer’s choice. There are currently two rotating charities for donation, including Mayday Pitbull Rescue and Phoenix-based Jette’s Journey.
“We will always be working with charities,” Reyner said, adding that
he specifically looked for Arizona-based companies that were different from each other and willing to meet as a team each month for brainstorming sessions on retail-related topics.
Local artist Brittney Bosak, whose work is featured in the store, met Reyner at a Chandler art show. She said she wouldn’t be in Tempe without Reyner.
“I told him I had never been in retail, but I would give it a try,” said Bosak, who is happy to be involved with Branded.
“I think it’s amazing,” she said.
“I hope that would inspire people a little more to support the art and the local Arizonans.”
Branded is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.