T&T Metal Designs opens in Princeton, selling personalized gifts and decorations – Shaw Local

T&T Metal Designs held its grand opening on Wednesday when it opened at 104 N. Main St. in Princeton.

The family store will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. It specializes in metal signs, personalized gifts, powder coating and engraving.

Owners Don and Angela Thompson loved being creative and after acquiring their building on Main Street, they saw it as a perfect opportunity to start creating custom items for the community they call home.

“I love doing this stuff and I love the small store vibe,” Angela said. “I just felt like it was time in my life to do what I wanted to do. We hadn’t really done it, but it was just something I thought about.

T&T Metal Designs creates custom signs, decor and other items in cold rolled steel and many other design materials.

All metal products are professionally designed and cut to ensure precision before they are powder coated. The powder coating ensures that items can be placed indoors or outdoors and protected from the weather.

Powder coating is available in a variety of colors to suit every customer’s wishes or needs. The metal used is very strong and can be cut according to the design.

The store has a wide variety of pre-made templates from templates featuring family names, school pride, novelty signs and more. Anyone looking for a more personalized approach is also welcome to visit the store and see if a solution can be found.

“Basically, if you can think about it, we can create something close and try to put a bunch of stuff that you’re looking for,” Angela said.

Besides metal designs, the shop offers a wide variety of wood products including charcuterie boards, wall hangings, bar signs and more. Different templates and wordings can also be created to suit an individual’s needs.

“Each piece can be customized to your liking,” Don said.

The family also wanted to create a shop that people could visit to eventually find gifts for all family members.

“I love the things that are done here,” Angela said. “It can also be difficult sometimes to go out and find a gift, especially a gift from a man, so I wanted something that could work for both women and men.”

For the Thompsons, Princeton was the perfect place to set up their shop. With the family being from the area and the opportunity offered by the main street in town, they are excited to get started.

“I really like the small boutique vibe and the touristy aspect of small towns,” Angela said. “I wanted to find something unique among the others.”

The family said they enjoyed seeing people from out of town come and enjoy what Princeton had to offer. From summer events and Christmas walks through the city center, the town continued to attract people.

After months of behind-the-scenes family work and much trial and error to perfect their machines and designs, T&T Metal Designs is excited to begin serving the community.

Anyone interested in local, custom metal designs and more can contact T&T Metal Designs at 815-915-8694 or stop by 104 N. Main St.. Interested people can also follow on its FaceBook page.

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