Meet Your Merchant: Lakeview Threads provides screen printing for businesses, families
Special to the Sun
KINGS BEACH, Calif. – For all things screen printing, Tahoe locals, businesses and families know to head to Lakeview Threads.
With two in-house screen printing machines, Lakeview Threads is quickly becoming known for its ability to print on a variety of soft and hard goods in a short amount of time.
Founder and owner Bryan Sampson began making Lake Tahoe-inspired bumper stickers around 2009, with a little help from his father.
Sampson explained that his father, who was sick with Lou Gehrig’s disease, told him to do something with the lake.
“I’ve always wanted to do screen printing,” Sampson said. “My father told me if you love the lake so much, do something with it.”
Soon, Sampson began selling bumper stickers of the lake out of his car, making enough money to cover expenses. With further encouragement from his father, Sampson taught himself online how to screen print, and in 2003 he took classes, in which he learned the technique hands-on.
After completing his classes, Sampson purchased his first press, and has never looked back.
“We had a little shop at the top of Kings Beach. It was just me and a few friends hanging out, making T-shirts,” Sampson said of the Lakeview Threads’ beginnings.
Now based in the heart of Kings Beach, with a spectacular view of the lake, Sampson runs a thriving business. Lakeview Threads works with other businesses to create custom silk-screen apparel, including everything from T-shirts, hats, pants, underwear, cozies, buttons and anything else that can be printed on.
The business has worked with a variety of clients, including ski resorts and restaurants, as well as smaller projects for family reunions or nonprofit groups.
“It’s about having fun,” Sampson said.
Lakeview Threads has four graphic designers on staff to help with creating or adjusting any design. Sampson added that the company has a usual turnaround time of seven to 12 days, sometimes even faster.
“We want to help out the consumer as much as possible,’ Sampson added. “There’s a really quick turnaround here in the shop.”
The company works with different brands, including Nike and American Apparel. Sampson explained that he tries to use products that are as local as possible, as well as those that are environmentally friendly.
“We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible,” he said. “We’re 200 yards from the lake.”
Lakeview Threads uses soy-based cleaning products, and the least harmful ink possible.
The business has a store front as well, which has a selection of clothes and gifts that Sampson and his staff created. Most goods in the store are Lake Tahoe or snow sports related.
“I always wanted a shop with funny stuff,” Sampson added.
Sampson, who is also a co-owner of Heckler Magazine, said most of his staff are involved in the action sports industry, giving them the opportunity to showcase various ideas for other small or upcoming businesses.
For example, if a new business owner orders a handful of shirts for his or her staff, and sees a positive reaction from customers, he or she can place a larger order.
“We can turn ideas around within a day or two,” Sampson said, citing the staff’s ability to do everything in house if they have the supplies.
Sampson added that the business is busy year-round, and is constantly taking new orders. To get your idea on a T-shirt, call or stop by Lakeview Threads.