Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More has opened its first store in Canada in South Edmonton, Alta., to offer a wide variety of custom apparel.
The recently-opened shop, which specializes in direct-to-garment printing, is owned by long-time local residents Shannon and Brian Marowitch. The new location will participate in the brand’s just launched “Shop Local All the Way” campaign, a grassroots marketing initiative to promote how small businesses help rebuild local economies and support the community with other give-back programs.
“We are excited to be the very first location in Canada,” said Shannon Marowitch. “We’ve built a really strong team which includes our designers Ayden and Albert, who have helped foster our amazing culture while creating an environment our customers and our staff love to be in. I mean, who doesn’t love a custom designed and personalized t-shirt that is made in minutes and you’re able to walk out with right away?”
The Marowitchs are no strangers to small business, having been long-time partners in five Edmonton-area Boston Pizza locations. According to a news release, Big Frog appealed to them because of the “fun, creative, casual, and collaborative atmosphere each store generates as well as the ability to give back to the community in which they operate.”
Later this month, Big Frog South Edmonton will provide in-kind t-shirts, hats, and hoodies to volunteers at a Stollery Children’s Hospital fundraiser and the shop is planning a spring sponsorship with the local Humane Society.
“Not only are we contributing to the community, but we are also hiring young people and learning new things every day with them, thus fostering the growth of young business entrepreneurs,” Brian Marowitch said.
Big Frog South Edmonton had a successful first month by securing a contract to produce 1400 t-shirts for Amazon in just 10 days.
“New owners like Shannon and Brian are pretty much a dream come true for our established Big Frog franchise brand,” said Tina Bacon-DeFrece, Big Frog Franchise Group president and CEO. “With their deep business franchise system background, their community commitment, and their professional passion, we know they will inspire success in their own shop and in the larger Edmonton economy.”