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How Erik Shewmaker started their t-shirt journey
Who are you known as?
What industry do you think your business is most related to?
Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach
We are a restaurant & bar in Iowa City, IA that serves stylish American cuisine and has a great selection of martinis and craft beer. We have won numerous awards, including the best restaurant in the area for the last two years.
Here is our website address: http://www.blackstone-ic.com
Our comfortable ambiance lets guests feel comfortable in work clothes or suits. We get the whole range of people: out for just martinis, to people proposing.
What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?
We would like a cool shirt designed to give away and sell to our staff and guests. BlackStone (yes, the name is one word with a capital "S") has a cool, classy, and contemporary ambiance. Feel free to create a cool design that incorporates our name or logo. Anything that we have done in the past has been on black shirts, but we are open to new ideas (we have been boring until now!).
We like the looks of vintage graphic tees (not too heavy on the Affliction style) http://www.express.com/graphic-tee-…/index.pro http://www.palmercash.com/p-4282-me…shirt.aspx
Website and phone information that could, but doesn't have to be included: http://www.blackstone-ic.com
We have an annoying but catchy jingle that emphasizes that we bring more to the table. It isn't terribly important to include this in the design. Further warning, the jingle makes us sound like a BBQ place, which we are not. Here is a link to our old commercial: http://youtu.be/Qrx7eZJITQY
Our restaurant features three fireplaces and a lot of stone work. One of our most popular appetizers is Saganaki (flaming cheese that we light table side), which helps explain the flame in the logo.
Our most popular entree is the mac & cheese.
Our demographics are for people 21-55 in a college town setting. We get a good mix of young professionals, University of Iowa staff, and high school parents.
It would be great, but not necessary, to have both a male and female version of the shirt.