Oswego, NY – Oswego-based small business Zink Shirts is on the move.
Glenn Zansitis, owner of the custom screen printing company, is expanding his business to a larger location and plans to spotlight the move with a grand opening Dec. 7-8. The shop is currently located on the west side of town in the former St. John’s School, but will soon be opening for business at 19 E. Cayuga St.
“The grand opening will be more like a gallery opening,” Zansitis said. “My portfolio will be on exhibit and I will have a display of original designs paired with the final piece for people to view.”
Hailing from the Finger Lakes regions, Zansitis said he moved here two years ago, following his girlfriend who is currently attending SUNY Oswego. He said they immediately fell in love with the area and he wasted no time in putting down roots and opening a business in Oswego.
“I have been an illustrator and graphic designer all of my life,” Zansitis said. “I am self-taught but I am happy to show anyone my portfolio.”
He said he started with his own line of clothing and then expanded to include the commercial screen printing shop.
“We custom print shirts and apparel for businesses, sports teams, bands, fundraisers, events and anything else you can think of,” Zansitis said. “I do a lot of the design work, but I have other artists people can work with as well.”
Or, he said, customer can go right on the site and design their own custom screen printed clothing.
“You can upload your own art or use any of our text and artwork to create your own custom shirt right from our website,” Zansitis explained.
Zink Shirts and www.zinkshirts.com not only carries Zansitis’s own line of custom illustrated T-shirts, called Urban Naturalism, but a full line of Oswego apparel.
“Some of it is themed around the lighthouse and Oz life,” he said.
Zink Shirts offers a huge variety of name-brand garments and apparel such as custom T-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, bags, coozies, aprons and more.
“Customers can browse through our online catalog or give us a call for a free quote,” Zansitis said. “We don’t charge for set up and if you want shirts but don’t have a design for them, we will customize your artwork or help you create a simple design free of charge.”
Zink Shirts will ship all over the country and has worked for some impressive regional clients such as Bully Hill Vineyards, Inc. and Cumulus Media, in Syracuse, which promotes of radio station such as 93Q and 95X
“(Zink Shirts) is a pleasure to work with,” Sean King, graphic designer with Bully Hill, said. “We here at Bully Hill Vineyards have been working with large apparel companies for the last decade. Honestly, the customer service, prices and attention to quality you get with Zink Shirts beats the large companies hands down. We are transitioning our clothing line to Zink Shirts.”
Once up and running in his new larger location, Zansitis plans to host monthly contests through social media with the winner receiving a free screen-printing class with him as well as allowing them to display their work by hosting an open house for them.
“I am a strong believer that art and music need to be incorporated into a community as much as possible,” he said. “Everybody needs a way to display their artistic talent and this is a way to bring people together in a very cultural and artistic way. It’s my way of giving back to the community I live in.”
Zink Shirts grand opening will be held from 5-9 p.m., Dec. 7, and from noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 8, and will include live entertainment and merchandise give-aways. For more information, go to www.zinkshirts.com or call 342-ZINK (9465).