In our 6th round of the Business Spotlight, let's take a journey to Nashville, TN, and sit down with Stacey Huddleston. What started out as fun hobby when she received a vinyl cutting machine for Christmas, had sparked an internal imaginative desire and unlocked a nonstop creative shop. Finding unmatched joy and enthusiasm when witnessing the reaction from her customers to her custom creations, she's reaching for the stars, striving to perfect every design, one after another. And without further adieu...
T-Shirt Wholesaler - How did the idea for your business come about?
I received a cutting machine for Christmas a few years ago. At first it was just fun to make things for my three girls and friends. I started out monogramming things for them, then onto shirts, and that was a lot of fun. I was starting to have more and more friends wanting shirts. My husband then encouraged me to make it into a business and with his help, that's exactly what I did.
T-Shirt Wholesaler - How did you come up with the name of your business?
I knew I wanted to have the word vinyl in the name. We live in the Nashville area and our area code is 615, which is kinda a big deal locally, lots of pride. You see it on hats, shirts, bumper stickers, pretty much anything. My husband suggested what about “vinyl615”? I said “yes, that's it” The rest is history, as they say.
T-Shirt Wholesaler - When did you start your business?
I did my first monograms for money in April of 2018.
T-Shirt Wholesaler -Can you describe your business? Location, Size, Number of Employees, Etc?
We are located Nashville, TN. My business is super small, as it's just me, myself, and I!
T-Shirt Wholesaler - What motivates you?
I love making people happy about the end product they receive. It puts a big smile on my face and warms my heart, when I see how excited they are upon receiving it.
T-Shirt Wholesaler - Can you describe your typical customer?
Women in their 30's-50's looking for something original for themselves, their children, or as custom gifts.
T-Shirt Wholesaler - What have your biggest challenges been and how have you overcome them?
My biggest challenge is I'm a perfectionist. I want it to look perfect, so it can be rather time consuming.
T-Shirt Wholesaler - What sets your business apart from the competition?
I'm good at getting my product to the customer in a timely manner. I would say I'm easy to work with. I want it to look perfect for my customer, so I'm always letting them see the design before I cut it. I also try to create things that you have not seen anywhere else.
T-Shirt Wholesaler - How do you define business success? Is it money? Freedom? Influence? Creative expression? Something Else?
I define my success by being able to create something that someone else is going to enjoy. Having money come along with that is not bad either :-)
I'd like to extend a huge thank you to Stacy and for her letting us in on what makes her and her business tick. If you'd like to visit her virtual vinyl transfer shop, please feel free to stop by either their Instagram page to see her latest and greatest creation or swing on by their Facebook store. We wish you the best of luck with your business and future endeavors. Thanks again Stacy!