Taking up residence on Main St. in Isle, Zygoatian, LLC has expanded from a home-based business to now have a storefront with retail.
Zygoatian, LLC, a company owned by Ian KK Blues, Kari Lee Blues and Kaylin Osberg, specializes in designing and printing promotional products, including – but not limited to – shirts, mugs, pens, hats and banners.
“We can take your logo or create one for you and get you started,” Osberg said. Osberg, who has a background in manufacturing, said she and her business partners launched their company from home on Feb. 14 of this year but quickly realized they wanted to have a store where people could look at products and discuss projects.
Zygoatian, pronounced similar to Laotin, came from the root word zygote, Osberg said.
“It’s a word that describes the beginning form of life, and for us this is the beginning of the beginning,” she explained.
After moving to Wahkon with the original intention of renovating and selling a house, she said they all fell in love with the area and decided to stay.
According to Osberg, Ian has been in the screen printing industry for over 30 years, Kari handles many of the computer aspects of the business and she, Osberg, does a bit of everything, including graphic design and logo creation.
“You can come in with a simple drawing and we can turn it in to a logo,” Osberg said.
When printing t-shirts, Osberg said they specialize in what is known as water-based ink printing. This allows for a smooth, almost distressed look in the imagery which is very popular these days, Osberg said.
“The printing really feels like part of the shirt,” Osberg further explained.
Their business model can accommodate orders large and small, Osberg said. Just the week prior someone wanted a custom shirt for their friend, and in less than 24 hours a design was made and printed on a shirt ready for gifting.
The store boasted many shirts with Mille Lacs Lake-themed imagery on them, and Osberg said they look forward to expanding that type of merchandise.
Currently the store does not yet have set business hours, but Osberg said to come on by to say hello.
Zygoatian, LLC is located at 295 Main St. in Isle and their merchandise can additionally be viewed on their website, www.realzygoatian.com.