By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin
Name of business: Golden Threads of Elwood
Location: 516 North Anderson St., Elwood
Owners: Brian and Tammy Harris
Opened: October 2012
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekends by appointment.
Employees: Three, counting the Harrises
Services: Customizing, including embroidery, outdoor signs, banners, license plates, picture collages, etc.
In the owners’ words: Brain and Tammy Harris wear many hats.
Among others, there’s a fireman’s helmet, personal trainers’ sweatbands and a few Elwood High School swim coach caps. Now, they’re adding one more — this time, with custom embroidery.
In October, the Harrises took over Golden Threads of Elwood, 516 N. Anderson St., offering customizing for anything and everything, including banners, vinyl signs, clothing, picture collages, license plates and more.
“If you want it customized,” Brian said, “odds are we can do it.”
Neither Harris had any history with customizing, so “everyday is a learning experience,” he said. But they seem to have a knack for it.
Recently, the store designed Elwood’s new city logo, a fusion of old and new that’s now emblazoned on the flag flying over Elwood City Hall. It’s also on some T-shirts, sweaters and other merchandise used by Mayor Ron Arnold and other city employees.
“It was really a team effort,” he said. “But it’s an honor to be involved.”
That team effort includes employee Kathy Gillam, and her computer guru husband, Mark. "None of this would have been possible without them," Brian said.
Elwood is a tightly-knit community, he said, adding he hopes the store will encourage “locals to buy locally.”
“It’s a challenge,” he said. “There are a lot of businesses that do what we do. We have to keep our prices competitive.”
They’re also adding new products — such as some from 511, Holloway, SanMar and Tri-Mountain — “to offer more choices for our customers,” he said.
Through and through, Golden Threads is a family business, owned by husband-and-wife team Brian and Tammy Harris and sometimes staffed by their six kids. That’s an added perk, Brian said.
“We (he and Tammy) do everything together,” he said, adding they are both also personal trainers at the YMCA and give swimming lessons. “We like it that way.”