In 2007, Jason Parke was working for a title company when he decided to buy a starter screen printing kit and pursue a side gig by night. An MSU graduate with a business major and art minor, Parke took a variety of graphic design courses in college so screen printing was up his alley. “My grandparents owned an industrial uniform business for 40 years,” Parke says. “I always knew I wanted to own my own business, I just didn’t know what it was.”
Soon the decision would be made for him. When the housing market collapsed in 2008, Parke was laid off. “Two weeks before they let me go we found out we were expecting our first child, which was really awesome,” Parke says. “[Getting laid off] forced me to do it.” He launched his own venture but being so small had to outsource jobs. Parke quickly decided he wanted to buy an existing business with a recognizable name. It so happened that Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery was for sale.
Greek Corner Screen Printing was founded in 1983 by Steve Bean. Located across from MSU, it built a reputation of creating shirts for fraternities and sororities.