A local social enterprise launched a project selling custom T-shirts and tote bags to support neighborhood businesses.
Juan Garcia, manager of the Grand Rapids-based screen printing and custom design shop Ambrose at WMCAT, kicked off a campaign called “Bound as One” in which patrons can buy swag featuring local brands and businesses, and 50% of the proceeds from the sales will go toward supporting the featured business.
“I saw the need, especially within restaurants and coffee shops owned by friends and neighbors,” Garcia said. “With the project aligning closely to the mission of WMCAT, which includes providing economic opportunities, we felt it was a great way to connect our community in support of our neighbors during this crisis.”
Bound as One limited-edition items include hand-screen-printed T-shirts ($20) and tote bags ($10), featuring businesses such as The Mitten Brewing Co., El Granjero Mexican Grill, Roots Brew Shop and more.
The first pre-sale orders are due Friday, and garments will be printed and shipped the following week.
Additional presale opportunities will be listed online at bit.ly/boundasone.
Businesses interested in participating in Bound as One can contact Ambrose at WMCAT online.
The other half of the proceeds from Bound as One sales will cover the cost of materials and labor for the items and will support Ambrose at WMCAT, a social enterprise housed within the nonprofit West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT).
More information on the mission of Ambrose is at printambrose.com.