Too Cool T-shirt Quilts(R) Opens Second Franchise in Florence, Oregon
Published on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 10:29 Written by TradersHuddle Staff
CHARLOTTE, Mich., June 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Too Cool T-shirt Quilts® (http://toocooltshirtquilts.com), founded by entrepreneur Andrea Funk in rural Charlotte, Mich., has been growing 25-30 percent annually for the past 20 years. Producing high-quality, uniquely handcrafted T-shirt quilts, this woman-owned company has consistently created great jobs for the local economy and met a steady demand for a truly "Made in the U.S.A." novelty. Funk's company made a record 911 quilts last year, and now she's doing something that's practically unheard of in today's craft industry: She's franchising her business with the second location now open in Florence, Ore. (http://toocooltshirtquilts.com/florence.html)
"I'm thrilled to announce that our second Too Cool T-shirt Quilts franchise is already off to a great start, thanks to the talented owner Cindy Russell," Funk says. "She has the necessary equipment plus a strong background in quilting that makes her an ideal owner for a craft company that delivers a very personalized approach to T-shirt quilts."
Unlike its "competitors," which take a cookie-cutter approach to producing T-shirt quilts; Too Cool T-shirt Quilts creates a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork for each of its customers. No two quilts are alike. All quilts are very soft and free of sashing and iron-on stabilizers (http://toocooltshirtquilts.com/index.html), and their blocks are cut, sewn and individually quilted in various sizes. A great way to capture memories in one snuggly, warm, colorful place; customized quilts are popular gifts for graduations, birthdays, sorority women, athletes and more.
"T-shirts are the billboards of our lives," Funk comments. "They tell everyone what we do, what we like, what we believe, and who we are. They have meaning and are a huge part of our society, too. We receive orders for quilts that capture anything and everything, from a hodgepodge of someone's personal experiences to something with a more specific theme, such as their favorite sports, causes, sorority or travels."
Considering that Too Cool T-shirt Quilts are handmade in an intimate business environment that supports the craft culture and good jobs, the T-shirt quilts come at a premium price. The cost for the quilts, even in tough economic times, however, has not prevented the company's success or growth of the product's reputation.
"You definitely get what you pay for," Funk says. "Our customers don't mind paying a little more for a quilt that's superior in terms of construction, materials and aesthetics. In fact, business is booming, so much so that the franchise is my solution to sustaining its success. As we expand, we'll not only be growing a company and its brand, but generating new jobs and building an appreciation for the craft, too."
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