The Red Boots Story
Like many independents, Red Boots Design began humbly, in a chilly and dark screen-printing shop owned by a friend Erin met while working in an organic food store. She was soon bartering her screen-printing abilities for shop time to create her own designs, which she sold at the local farmers market. Not long after, Erin arranged a screen-printing setup and a new home for Red Boots in a bright and airy artist’s loft above a popular local caterer.
Many local, independent businesses embraced her business and signed on to have their tees, hoodies and hats printed by Red Boots. Five years later, Erin purchased a commercial building in the lovely Sunnyland neighborhood of Bellingham, with neighbors like Home Skillet restaurant, Hammerhead Coffee Roasters and Velveeta Jones, a large, friendly and colorful 3-D chicken sculpture.
Each morning, Erin walks to her shop, grabs her coffee mug and heads around the corner to fill it up at Home Skillet. Everyone there gets a high-five and a fun story before she heads back to her shop and gets to work. Screen-printing shirts, ordering inventory, communicating with customers, cleaning the equipment and taking care of business fills the rest of her day.
Fueled by strong, locally roasted coffee, and maybe a whisky when the workday’s through, Erin gets it all done—all on her own. She feels the most amazing when she sees a big stack of customer shirts printed and ready to go out the door.