BERLIN – Brian Teske, owner of Sigma Wear in Berlin, has expanded his business with the opening of Ink Center, a custom design and print shop.
Teske spent the last three years developing proprietary software which in part includes a T-shirt and jersey builder.
“The brand that started it all is E Sports Jerseys. If you Google custom E Sports Jerseys anywhere in the world we come up – we’re one of the leading providers in the country,” Teske said.
The concept of Ink Center is Apple meets T-shirts.
“We’ve all seen how brick-and-mortars go and a lot of things are online now so we wanted to do like a hybrid of that,” Teske said. “Let’s have the ability for customers to come down and click a filter that says ‘in store’ and then people can and actually see the stuff while being in front of it.”
Their design software is free to use in store or online. Customers choose their garment. Next upload your logo. Choose a design. Finally place your order and pick up in-store or have it shipped directly to your doorstep.
The company’s motto is elevate your brand with custom printed apparel and goods.
“The difference from other T-shirt builders is this is ours; this is our custom builder, on custom software, on a custom platform,” Teske said.
Teske signed the lease for 202 New Britain Road, Suite D, in the middle of September of this year.
Ink Center currently has four employees and will have the capabilities to do all processes in house in 2023. Teske is currently looking for a seamstress.
The Town of Berlin held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the business last Thursday.
“This is another business expanding in town with new technology so it’s a great addition,” said Mark Kaczynski, mayor of Berlin. “It’s a great business; he’s developed his own website, which is wonderful, and it’s great to see him stay in Berlin and doing well.”
“It’s a very cool multi-generational store,” added Chris Edge, Berlin Economic Development director. “Hadfield’s was the sports store in Central Connecticut for decades.”
Teske was born in Southington and is currently a resident of New Britain. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 and immediately started working for his parents until they closed both businesses in 2015. He started his own business in 2016 and said it was an easy decision to open his business in town because his grandparents and his dad were born in Berlin and had businesses in town as well.
Ink Center can be found on their website at inkcenter.com, by phone at 860-924-2908 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.