Featured Member: Prestige Apparel
At Prestige Apparel in Hanover, Pennsylvania, a family brings their dream to life, building their business from the ground up.
Sitting in her warehouse office in McSherrystown, Jess Miller reflects on everything that she and her family has accomplished over the past 12 years.
“We pride ourselves on our customer service and our attention to detail, which is why our customers keep coming back,” says Jess of her family-owned and operated business, Prestige Apparel LLC.
Prestige Apparel, like many family-owned small businesses, started literally from the ground floor up; Jess, her husband, Ryan, and father, Howard Martin, began the screen printing business in 2004 in the basement of their home with just one small 4-station six color press. The idea came from Jess’s brother, a graphic designer, who was often asked for screen printing recommendations by his clients. The Millers liked the idea, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Prestige Apparel has now grown to a total of 5 employees in a 4,200 square foot location for textile printing, both by hand and machine, and textile embroidery. The most recent development in the warehouse was the purchase of an automatic screen printing press that speeds up production and allows Prestige to offer lower prices and even faster turnaround. The machine is capable of printing up to eight colors.
“The automatic press can do hundreds of shirts within a few hours, whereas by hand it could take well over a day,” Jess explains.
Throughout the many changes over the years, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the staff’s devotion to giving only the best to their customers. From corporate logo apparel for large businesses to supporting local school sports teams, no customer is too big or too small for Prestige. Don’t let the name fool you; Prestige Apparel is not just limited to clothing. In addition to t-shirts, polos and sweatshirts, Prestige also offers logoed promotional items including tote bags, baseball caps, blankets and much more.
Upon entering the McSherrystown facility, the feeling of a family-owned small business is immediately evident. The Prestige ‘mascots’, Murray and Cooper, are eager to greet customers at the door with a friendly sniff and wag of the tail. The front office is full of sample shirts with names that locals will immediately recognize, including the YWCA, high school sports teams and organizations, 5k runs, and local bars and restaurants.
The decision to set up business in Hanover was an easy one for the Millers, having spent all of their childhoods here, and the husband and wife team hope to one day pass the business on to their children.
“We love Hanover and are happy to be doing business here. We have always lived in Hanover and never thought of leaving, personally or professionally,” says Jess. “Hanover is our home and we are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community.”