by Gina Myers
At 10 am on Saturday, Bomb Tees and The Music Lab will open their doors to customers for the first time. The new businesses share a space at 404 Court Street between Hamilton and Michigan in Old Town Saginaw. Bobby Rindhage, owner and graphic designer of Bomb Tees, is excited for the opening, and as busy as he has been getting the place ready to go, he expects things to get a whole lot busier starting Saturday.
"The t-shirt industry is already flooded with shops, so we started to devise ways that we could become valuable," he says, speaking of co-owner and business manager Brian Connolly. Though they both attended Arthur Hill High School and had one class together, the two did not meet until later when introduced by mutual friends. They've played together in bands and are currently playing together in Rock the Party. The two began discussing opening a business together when they realized they were both having a hard time finding specific humor shirts that they like. Now the shop hosts a whole wall of these shirts that cater to a college-humor audience, shirts emblazoned with innuendos and references from popular culture. (You can view some of the designs here
However, Bomb Tees is more than just a retail store for these humor shirts. Additionally they offer instant custom t-shirts. A customer can come up with his or her own design and have the shirt printed in ten minutes. They also offer small or bulk orders for businesses, sports teams, bands, events, weddings, and so on. And they can do vinyl decals that work on windows, vehicles, and various other surfaces. Rindhage adds, "We also offer professional in-house design work, which many shops are not able to offer." Further, they hope to establish Bomb Tees as its own brand identity.
As for the other part of the shop, The Music Lab is run by Bill Fiebig III, who is also a member of Rock the Party. The Music Lab will sell used music equipment and new music accessories. They will also offer instrument repairs and music lessons for guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, fiddle and drums. The stringed music lessons will be taught by Bill Fiebig Jr., and the drums lessons will be given by Rock the Party's drummer Adam White.
In the immediate future, Rindhage is looking forward to the opening: "Our short term goals are to have a successful grand opening and to provide a fast, fun t-shirt service to the tri-cities. We hope to expand the business with more employees and production equipment." Further down the line, Rindhage hopes the unique compilation of services they offer will allow them to open additional shops in the surrounding areas such as Bay City and Midland.
Bomb Tees and The Music Lab opens Saturday at 10 am. For the grand opening they have special extended hours from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Regular store hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 am to 6pm; Wednesdays 12 to 8 pm; and Saturdays 12 to 4 pm. Bomb Tees and The Music Lab are located at 404 Court Street, Saginaw. For more information on Bomb Tees, visit http://bombtees.com. For information on The Music Lab, check out http://themusic-lab.com.
© Gina Myers, 2010