In a way, Seattle Logo Pro in The Junction is a new business – in a way it’s not.
David Groves has taken over the former Sports Junction space at the west end of the breezeway that’s next to the liquor store (across from Many Moons), after working upstairs for a few years.
And while he and his staff are screenprinting shirts, uniforms and other apparel, as well as making plaques, trophies and signs – as well as other promotional items (keychains, mouse pads, etc.) – there’s one part of the business that really piqued our interest: They’re setting up a retail space toward the front, where they’ll sell some of the only-in-West-Seattle shirts and other apparel they’re printing.
Groves, a fourth-generation West Seattleite, says that’ll be great for those who “miss the days when you could go to Shafrans and buy the West Seattle shirts.” Of course, the imagery’s updated now – if you’re familiar with the WEST SIDE “knuckles” T-shirt (see the image on artist Jason Olcott‘s MySpace page), that’s the kind of thing you’ll find, or maybe something branded with your favorite West Seattle establishment’s logo (West 5 proprietor Dave Montoure was in talking to Groves when we stopped by for a short interview, for example).
Not just the establishments you know and love now – Groves says he found a treasure trove of old printable images for long-gone places like Herfy’s and Snubby’s. The synergy makes sense, since he worked in restaurant and clothing businesses before starting Seattle Logo Pro. He says you’ll be able to count on him for higher-quality materials: “If you get a good shirt, people will actually wear them.”
Seattle Logo Pro is open for business now but the retail spot isn’t up and running yet – look for it by April.