Slivertip Design August 4th, 2014When people come visit us in Palmer, they usually want some Alaska souvenirs to prove that they survived the visit. And often, as we visit all the stores looking for said souvenirs, we find that they all have more or less the same things for sale. But as I browsed through Silvertip Design, I realized they have a completely different selection.
In fact, all of Silvertip’s merchandise is exclusive—caps, shirts, jackets, hoodies, even onesies and bags. This is because Silvertip does custom embroidery and screen printing, which means that all the items in the store were designed and created by Silvertip.
“You can get all kinds of Alaskana items from Walmart, but our niche is locally produced items.” Owner Ron Richards said. Ron was born and raised in the valley, and started Silvertip in 1985. He values the Alaskan lifestyle, and tries to reflect that in his business. Besides selling his own designs in the shop, he also sells local artist’s work, including things like jewelry, woodworking, and quilts.
I was surprised to discover that a lot of Silvertip’s business doesn’t come from the gift shop. They design products to sell, locally and around the state. They embroider caps for local business, and shirts for organizations like the Palmer Little League or the Dance Studio. Ron says sometimes people come with a specific design already planned out, but other times, they just have a vague idea of what they need, and the designers at Silvertip help them create their pattern. (Fact: you don’t have to be a business to commission your own shirts or caps. Contact Silvertip if you have a need for custom embroidery or screen printing.)
If you are a fan of the AlaskaGrown clothing line, a visit to Silvertip is definitely in order. Silvertip has the largest selection of AlaskaGrown clothing in the state! (Never before had I seen a Cameo AlaskaGrown shirt.)
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