RED RIBBON: SLI Custom Signs & Apparel


By Joyce Ervin

A Red Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held for SLI Custom Signs & Apparel-Milan located 309 Dexter St. hosted by the Milan Area Chamber of Commerce.
Owner and president, Joshua Bunton, had a dilapidated old building, formerly known as ‘The Little Store, renovated and created a modern, inviting venue to meet the needs of the community providing custom graphic designs and imprinted products to commercial businesses, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and numerous team and club organizations.
Bunton said credit for the astounding renovation goes to his architect, John Rigor and building contractor Budd’s General Contracting.
SLI was established in 2002 and now has locations in Ohio and other Michigan cities. According to their website, they are committed to creating quality printed signs, banners, textile apparel both screen printed and embroidered, promotional products.
A festive and warm reception was offered to visitors including a tour of the renovated premises, a look see at apparel and a buffet of good eats to be enjoyed at round banquet tables placed under a canopy.
Free for the taking were pens and Eileen Cosmer and Kelly Wollam handed out the company’s Definition T-shirts advertising the city of Milan. Following the event, the T-shirt will sell for $10 with half of the proceeds being donated to Aid in Milan.
There was a big turnout to include fellow business owners, city council members and Mayor Dominic Hamden, who commented on the renovation pointing out how nearby residents would be pleased with the improvement. He said he was excited to welcome the new business.
City Manager, Jade Smith, said this was the biggest transformation of a building in decades, and he hoped it was only the first of many new businesses for the Dexter corridor.
Owner, Rachel McDaniels, of Northern Chicks, a downtown business, said she attended to offer support to the new business owner.
Jordon Scott is the store manager. The hours of operation are Mon. thru Fri. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information on products, visit the website at www.slicustom.com, check their Facebook page or phone 734-652-2912.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan. She can be contacted at: jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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