By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Retail | Issue: August 2012
Promote 2 Win Advertising owner Jeff Losornio and Tyler Grubb.
For over four decades, Ne-Mar Shopping Center in Claremore has been living up to its title as “A Claremore Original,” providing homes for long-time businesses as well as introducing new faces to the scene on West Will Rogers Boulevard. One of the newer faces in recent years is All Star Trophy & Screen Printing, and according to owner Deric Brock, moving to Ne-Mar in October of 2008 turned out to be a great decision.
All Star Trophy celebrated its 30-year anniversary last fall and has enjoyed even greater success since its move from Chelsea to Claremore's Ne-Mar Center. "We built a sound reputation in northeastern Oklahoma while we were in Chelsea by word of mouth and had a good 26 years there," says Deric. "But being in this spot with its high traffic and visibility has made a significant difference." The location has also enabled Brock to establish a working partnership with RSU.
Though All Star Trophy has changed locations in recent years, Deric's philosophy has not. "Personal name and business name are synonymous when it comes to small business," he says. "We go by the Golden Rule here and believe that success is always found in going the extra mile for our clients."
All Star Trophy has a new neighbor just a few doors down at Promote 2 Win Advertising, a shop owned by Jeff Losornio offering promotional products for business organizations and groups, with an emphasis on screen printing and embroidery products. The shop also produces banners, pens and more, and has opened up a shop mainly to showcase what it can do for its clients. Almost everything is custom-made at Promote 2 Win Advertising, but Jeff does plan to have a retail section for the local schools – Claremore Zebras, Sequoyah Eagles, and Verdigris Cardinals.
“I’ve been in this business for 22 years, and I want to broaden the customer base by lowering overhead and going back to the basics,” says Jeff, who stays actively involved with community projects by offering discounts to groups or businesses helping to raise money for charity through a program called Chari-Tees. “We work with suppliers to help get prices down so the organizations can actually make money for their causes,” Jeff says. “We are not all about making money, but about giving back to the community.” For more information on Promote 2 Win Advertising, check out their website at www.p2wadvertising.com.
Around the corner, Ne-Mar recently welcomed yet another new member to its family—Infinity Fit Club. Currently, Infinity Fit Club is the only 24-hour co-ed gym in Claremore, offering access to top-of-the-line equipment, personal trainers who can do personalized health assessments (great if you are just starting out), and popular classes like boot camp and Zumba, taught by certified, experienced instructors. “Our personal trainer Jennifer Freeman will set up a workout program and help you define your goals to guide you along,” says owner Kelli Overgard Cabler. “We also offer one-on-one training sessions for a reasonable fee.”
Infinity Fit Club may be new to Ne-Mar, but Kelli Overgard Cabler is no stranger to the “Claremore Original.” Her grandfather started The Men’s Shoppe, one of Ne-Mar’s first businesses, and both her parents owned shops in Ne-Mar during the 70s and 80s. Thus, Kelli was well acquainted with the reputations of Ne-Mar owners Terrie and Steve Neely (who were also her neighbors as she grew up) and is excited to continue in her own family’s footsteps. “You always hear horror stories about people and their landlords, but you won’t hear one of those from me,” Kelli says. “The Neelys are a dream to rent from – I love it here!”