New Britain Herald – New Britain resident expands custom design and print business to Berlin
BERLIN — Brian Teske, owner of Sigma Wear in Berlin, has expanded his business with the opening of Ink Center, a boutique for custom design and printing.
Teske has spent the last three years developing proprietary software that includes in part a t-shirt and jersey creator.
“The brand that started it all is E Sports Jerseys. If you google custom E Sports jerseys anywhere in the world, we are one of the top suppliers in the country,” Teske said.
The concept of Ink Center is Apple meets T-shirts.
“We’ve all seen how bricks and mortar is and a lot of stuff is online now, so we wanted to do like a hybrid of that,” Teske said. “Let’s give customers the option to scroll down and click on a filter that says ‘in-store,’ and then people can see things while being in front.”
Their design software is free to use in-store or online. Customers choose their garment. Then upload your logo. Choose a drawing. Finally, place your order and pick it up in store or have it delivered right to your door.
The company’s motto is to elevate your brand with custom printed apparel and products.
“The difference with other t-shirt designers is that it’s ours; it’s our custom builder, on custom software, on a custom platform,” Teske said.
Teske signed the lease for 202 New Britain Road, Suite D, in mid-September this year.
Ink Center currently has four employees and will have the capacity to carry out all processes in-house in 2023. Teske is currently looking for a seamstress.
The city of Berlin held a groundbreaking ceremony for the company last Thursday.
“This is another business growing in the city through new technology, so it’s a great addition,” said Mark Kaczynski, Mayor of Berlin. “It’s a great company; he’s developed his own website, which is wonderful, and it’s great to see him staying in Berlin and doing well.
“It’s a very cool multi-generational store,” added Chris Edge, director of economic development for Berlin. “Hadfield’s has been the central Connecticut sports store for decades.”
Teske was born in Southington and currently resides in New Britain. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 and immediately started working for his parents until they closed both businesses in 2015. He started his own business in 2016 and said it was a easy decision to open his business in town because his grandparents and father were born in Berlin and also had businesses in town.
Ink Center is available on their website at inkcenter.com, by phone at 860-924-2908, or by email at [email protected]