Beth and Mark St. Martin, owners of Street Graphex on Main Street in Milbank, invite people to shop locally while checking out their newly transformed store. The couple’s remodeling project began with renovations to their home upstairs and the exterior of their building. In the process, they decided to revamp the interior of the store to give it a boutique-look and vibe. To achieve their new style, they stripped and refinished the floors, repainted, and updated the service counter. Beth says, “We’ll also be tearing out the false ceiling, adding vintage lighting, and repainting the old tin ceiling that we found under the ceiling.”
Street Graphex continues to provide the services for which they are best known -screen printing and embroidery designs. “Those services are endless,” Beth said. “But we wanted to give the store a more intimate feel with even more interesting things. Our goal is to provide different items than the other stores on Main Street and not cross lines with them. We encourage people to shop locally, so we want to provide unique items that are customized and personal.”
They also added a new line of athleisure wear. According to Beth, the leggings, and joggers will be offered all year long. “It’s the direction retail seems to be going and is more acceptable today. You can dress it up or dress it down – this market is hot! We also want to offer everything you need when you head to the gym – water bottles, hand towels, sweatbands, and gym bags. We are changing and evolving to fulfill the needs and desires of all our customers, both locally and as far as the Twin Cities. We add new things weekly until we run out of room.”
“We have three vendors we order clothing from almost on a daily basis,” Beth said. “Some brands we are required to print on, but many can remain blank.”
Street Graphex is also featuring homemade items- display shelves and furniture, home decor, activewear jewelry, vintage lighting, soap, decorative felt pin cushions, and potpourri.
They custom print on cups, coffee mugs, blankets, shirts, dog and cat tags, kitchen tiles, buttons, Christmas ornaments, cutting boards, cornhole boards, and photo canvas prints. “The list goes on,” Mark stated. “We try and tell people what we can do, but there is so much, we tend to forget to mention something. So, we like to get items in front of people and show them we can make their precious memories into something tangible that will last a lifetime.”
Street Graphex also does engraving, custom built trophies and awards, vinyl graphics and wall art, banners, storefront signs, and yard signs. They do contract printing of cylindrical items such as yetti mugs, cups, and wastebaskets.
The Milbank company has worked with nearly 20 schools in the area and the Twin Cities.
“We take great pride in working with schools around the state. We offer a very quick turn around time and delivery,” Mark said. “We also do a lot of stuff for the Minneapolis Police Department.”
To add to all these changes, Street Graphex became incorporated July 1. “We had to start over with our books, so it is taking some time to load our products back into our Point of Sale system,” Mark said. The St. Martins thank everyone for being patient throughout the process. “There are many things to do yet, but we are getting closer. The community support is appreciated.”