Martha’s Vineyard Screenprinting has moved to the building that now houses the new Radio Shack store, at 426 State Road, Vineyard Haven. The building is the former home of Vineyard Home Center.
Martha’s Vineyard Screen Printing, owned by Rick Mello, occupies the middle unit of the vast structure, behind Radio Shack.
For 20 years, the family owned and operated Screenprinting Company has produced quality printed apparel in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs.
The business has grown, adding an automatic printing press and vinyl graphics, and the additional space in the new location allows for a new apparel showroom, a conference room, and an indoor heated garage bay for year-round application of vehicle graphics, vehicle wraps, and vinyl signs. Mr. Mello has recently added full and partial vehicle wraps; his first project being his own business vehicle, a readily identifiable Chevy HHR which has been fully wrapped with a flame and pirate skull motif.
A vehicle wrap demonstration on a Chevy Cruze will be featured at an open house event in December. A public opinion poll to choose the proposed design is underway now on the business Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mvscreenprint.
Martha’s Vineyard Screenprinting prints up to six spot colors on garments and also offers process color printing for unlimited colors, 16-color embroidery designs and custom vehicle graphics, wraps, and signs. In-house logo design and consulting are also offered, along with a large inventory of printable items found at mvscreenprint.com.
The company’s first project, undertaken in 1986, was a tee-shirt with a yellow ribbon printed on the front, in support of U.S. troops during Operation Desert Storm. The project was ordered by the mother of a local soldier while her son was stationed in Iraq. At that time, the business was located in Edgartown and known simply as Rick’s Silk Screening, named after owner Rick Mello.
The business moved to Oak Bluffs in 1997, changed its name to The Sweat Shop (pun intended), and operated out of Mr. Mello’s residence on County Road. Mr. Mello is the father of Rick Mello, The Martha’s Vineyard Times information technology administrator.