Blog Series: Morris Makers
Maker/Owner: Amy Zimmel
Business Name: Made-N-Press
A couple of summers ago my family was sitting on the curb watching the Prairie Pioneer Days Parade and I remember seeing Amy and her family walking in the parade throwing out t-shirts to promote her new screen printing business. As with most crowd situations when free items are being thrown out, I secretly hope to be lucky enough to have an item tossed my way but never stress over it when it does not happen. Well in this case, I was really hoping for it to be our lucky day. And it was! When I first heard Amy was starting a screen printing business, I was excited to hear and see more. So having that freebie of hers to wear in the early stages of her business was always fun to wear with the Made-N-Press name on the back.
Amy is the kind of person that always has a smile on her face and is kind to everyone. I have seen her work with students demonstrating patience and warmth. With all of the wonderful reviews I hear of Amy's work from around town, I always look forward to seeing what she comes out with next.
Everyone, meet Amy!
1. Provide us with a little background about yourself.
Hi! My name is Amy Zimmel. I grew up in Herman, MN. My husband, Brad and I moved to Morris almost 15 years ago. I was a daycare provider for the first 12 years of living in Morris. I then decided to try something new. I have 3 daughters and 1 little boy. If I am not working in my back garage I am usually running after one of my kids.
2. Tell us about what it is you make or the services you offer.
If you can put a logo, picture, or saying on it I can help you out. I enjoy creating my own ideas but also do a lot of logo work for shirts, can coolers, and bags. I am always looking for new ideas and love when customers share their ideas! So keep sending them!
3. At what point did you decide to take your entrepreneurial leap of faith?
About 3 years ago I found myself buying a ton of tiger apparel for my own kids and for birthday gifts. That is when I said, “Brad I have a great idea” he dreads hearing those words out of my mouth. That following spring we went to a show with heat presses and screen printing equipment. That day we purchased what I needed and my journey began.
4. Where do you gather your inspiration?
My inspiration to try something I really enjoy comes from my husband. I was envious of his love for his job. He goes to work excited almost every day, I wanted that! And now I have it! My inspiration for designs come from my customers, Pinterest, and my own crazy ideas. I love when a customer tells you about what they want and you get to design it.
5. What has been a highlight since beginning your business?
My highlight has been when I come up with an idea, throw it out there and it takes off like crazy. I love making things other people enjoy. I also like walking into a sporting event and seeing many of the items I made on the fans.
6. Tell us about a challenge you faced and how you went about overcoming it.
Ship times. It can be a huge challenge! I have to make sure I allow enough time for people to order but also enough time for the articles to get here and get them done on time. There have been a few times I have cut it closer then I should have. But for now, everything has worked out!
7. What do you see in the future for your business?
I hope to grow. I hope to reach more communities. I would like to sell at more craft fair events. But for now being a full time mom with this as my hobby, I am doing what works for me.
8. What advice do you have to share with someone thinking about the entrepreneurial route?
Advice......If there is something you love to do you will make it work. It may take some time and failed attempts, just have faith.
9. How can people purchase your products or services?
If you would like to place an order you can find me on Facebook, or you can email me.
10. Where can people find you online to follow your creative journey?
If you would like follow me on Facebook- Made-N-Press Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you to Amy for participating in this blog series, Morris Makers, which highlights crafters/entrepreneurs in the Morris, MN area that have at one point played a role in inspiring me to begin my creative journey with Amanda Nygaard Design. The hope of this blog series is to shed light on the person behind the scenes and to encourage others to pursue the dreams on their minds as well.
Please check back Thursday, June 29th for the LAST interview in this series.
INSIDER INFO: I am in the works of creating a second interview series that will hopefully launch later this summer. Keep checking in for announcements!
Thank you for reading! Compiling the interviews was just as much fun for me as it was for you reading them. And thank you again for supporting small businesses all around you.