Custom shirts at Big Frog in Woodbury are fun and fast


Above, designers like Theresa work with customers to get the idea they had in their head onto the computer for printing. Above left, Direct-to-garment printing uses a printer that dyes the fabric, making the color last longer.

“The service I received for my recent purchase was EXCELLENT! Everyone who assisted me from choosing my product, designing the embroidery and reviewing details over the phone was very knowledgeable and helpful every step of the way. I would recommend Big Frog to anyone looking to order custom made products!” —Jenna

Walking into Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More in Woodbury is like walking into a rainforest. 

Of course, that might have something to do with the rainforest wallpaper on the back wall.

Eric Morley says he opened up his Big Frog franchise location two years ago after working for a national big box retailer for 25 years in logistics and transportation. 

He explains that he was increasingly interested in buying a franchise business, and after finding out just how many franchise options there were, he narrowed it down to either Big Frog or a car repair franchise.

Eric ultimately chose Big Frog because the interactions with his customers are fun, friendly and meaningful. 

He says, “We are an extension of a customer’s fun project or event, and we get to share a little of the experience with them.”

Now that word is getting out about the Woodbury store, Eric says things are going fabulously.

What makes Big Frog different from other custom T-shirt stores is there is no minimum-order quantity, no setup or art fees and items can be turned around in 24-hours if supplies are in stock.

Besides custom-decorated clothing, the store also offers personalized mouse pads, coasters, aprons and much more.

Printing done at Big Frog is unique as well. Eric says the staff do "direct-to-garment" printing.

"It works like an ink-jet printer you have sitting on your desk," he says. "If you can print it on paper, we can print it on a shirt. If you can lay it flat, we can print on it."

Direct-to-garment allows for items to be printed one at a time. This printing process dyes the fabric so you don't have to worry about peeling or fading. Screen-printing and embroidery are also available.

When he purchased the franchise and opened his Big Frog store, Eric says he knew he wanted to find a way to give back to the community in which he has lived in his entire life. 

"I wanted to do something to get involved. Giving back is important, I think," Eric says. "Give to people, and they will give back to you."

Part of this effort includes "80 for ED." Each month, one local school is picked to receive 80 free white T-shirts decorated with whatever design the school selects.

Big Frog in Woodbury also offers discounted pricing for students' Relay for Life team shirts, with $1 donated to the American Cancer Society for each shirt sold. 

All three full-time designers at the Woodbury store have either a two- or four-year degree in graphic design, and the part-time designer is pursuing her degree.

The designers are there to help take what the customer wants and turn it into a reality.

"We spend a lot of time saying 'It's not the designer's design. It's the customer's design,'" Eric says. 

"What's most important is listening to what the customer is saying, deciphering that and then creating it."

 

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