Custom shirtmaker inks lease for first brick-and-mortar

Custom Ink opened this year at 3401 W. Cary St. (Mike Platania)

Custom Ink opened this year at 3401 W. Cary St. (Mike Platania)

A Northern Virginia-based firm with a national reach has landed in Carytown for its first-ever standalone retail space.

Custom Ink earlier this year opened a shop at 3401 W. Cary St., offering customizable shirts and other apparel.

The company is leasing the 2,800-square-foot space, which formerly was occupied by Franklin Goose, a childcare goods store.

Custom Ink allows customers to print designs on apparel from companies like Hanes, Adidas, Nike Golf and Marmot. Spokeswoman Rebecca Noel said its biggest clients in the Richmond area are local businesses, recreational sports teams and schools. The Carytown shop has a staff of four.

Noel said the company is exploring more brick-and-mortar retail locations nationwide, to join its web of production facilities in Charlottesville, Dallas, Texas and Reno, Nevada.

Custom Ink was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Fairfax. It has been featured on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies nationwide.

Custom Ink is the latest option for Richmonders needing custom apparel and screen printed items. Navy Hill Co. opened this year in Monroe Ward, and nonprofit Studio Two Three recently announced it will add 6,300 square feet at its Scott’s Addition headquarters and debut a to-go truck. Savage Apparel Co. is purchasing a 2,200-square-foot space at 126 W. Brookland Park Blvd.

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