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Meet Desi, Eddie and Monica of Famly Printing in Hialeah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Desi, Eddie and Monica.

Desi, Eddie and Monica, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It’s always a funny story to us. We started off with a small four color station print press in the 120sq ft. efficiency of our house. Enough room for a twin bed, a computer desk, and the press. Maybe a bag chips. We first used the press to print our own personal items. Once we (kind of) got the hang of it, we started promoting the service to our close friends. Got our first order for about 75 shirts, took us all night and the next day. We continued to use it as a side gig throughout the first month or so. Still wasn’t a business yet – more like an experiment.

Eventually, the room became smaller as boxes stacked up. We knew we couldn’t stay there if we wanted to take this serious. Our cousin introduced us to Ben, a business owner in North Miami, who had his own machines and space but wasn’t using them. He offered to sub-lease out not only the space to us but the machines as well. Famly had put us on. We couldn’t let them down, let alone ourselves.

Six months in, Ben’s lease was set to expire, and he wasn’t looking to renew. Caught off guard, we had to act fast. We made an offer to buy the machines. But we didn’t think about maybe a bigger issue; where to put them? With nowhere to go, we went back to square one – home. But this time, we used the backyard under the patio. However, Hurricane Irma had other plans and took our patio roof. A tarp, rope, and sticks were the replacements for the next five months until we had another roof built.

Ten months of Hell is the total time we spent at the house. We loved the job itself, but not the work it took in order to get a job started, let alone done. If you’re not familiar with screen printing, it’s a tedious and extensive process. The usual process is coating a mesh screen with light-sensitive emulsion. Printing the according artwork on a clear film. Burn the artwork onto the screen with a UV light. Blowing the image in a dim-lit room, then let it dry. Get to printing. Similar to photography. This is the process we had at the house: Demanding everyone to turn off all the lights in the house so we can walk through with the coated screen, let it dry in the closet with a fan, turn all the lights back on. Two hours later, turn off all the lights (again), take the screen outside and pray it comes out clean since we’re in the shade and Sunray can still get to it, or just wait ’til night time. Usually had to do it twice. Not to mention, having customers meet for appointments at the local Burger King didn’t help our reputation either. To make a long story short, it was a lot of fun.

With the grace of the universe, a friend of ours (who is now our neighbor) informed us that the warehouse space next to his was open for rent. Here we are today. Finally, enough space for a bag of chips.

Has it been a smooth road?
It is never a smooth road, but it’s always a road trip. Road trips are great.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Famly Printing story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a family-owned and operated custom apparel business. Specializing in screen printing, direct to garment printing, and heat transfer vinyl, we can get a lot done. We also offer relabeling to make every product a staple of your brand. Catering to many business and organizations from schools to offices to clothing brands, there isn’t too many jobs we turn away.

Anyone who comes through our front doors (yes, we accept walk-ins, unlike most custom apparel shops) gets treated like a Famly member. Meeting deadlines, expectations and quality is our concern.

We are known as the Famly without the I in it, and that makes us proud.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The custom apparel is slowly but surely progressing into the digital worlds much like most industries. The technology in today’s printers are much more quick, easy, and environmental friendly. The industrial part of the industry might survive the next couple of decades but will eventually have to bow down.

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