Acadiana Business

Parish Ink bringing the fun back to downtown

by Heather Miller

Saturday's ArtWalk will serve as the soft opening for the so South Louisiana' apparel company's new store, the old Fun Shop on Jefferson Street.

The brother-sister T-shirt teamsters of Parish Ink apparel company are settling in to a new downtown store.

Parish Ink owners Bram and Jillian Johnson, the brains behind a popular line of South Louisiana T-shirts, have joined their business partner, Downtown T-shirts owner Tom Brown in turning the old Fun Shop on Jefferson Street into a "trifecta of creative businesses."

Jillian Johnson says the T-shirt company, known for its catchy locally inspired designs like the "Ain't Boudin Grand?" and "Chank-a-chank" tees, will have a soft opening Saturday during ArtWalk to show the town their new launching pad and unveil a few new designs.

Before moving to the former Fun Shop, the Johnson duo housed their company at Downtown T-Shirts at the corner of Lee and Vermilion. But with no signage that pointed patrons in the direction of Parish Ink, the Johnson duo decided that a more permanent place for their T-shirt haven was needed to bring the business in line with its competitors.

"All the other companies that sell T-shirts like this took it to the next level when they branched out into a store," Jillian Johnson says. "We needed that landing place. People are always asking where our shop is. We ultimately needed a spot."

The new store, Jillian says, will also house the office space for WORKagencies, Bram and Jillian's web design company, as well as the production facility for Downtown T-shirts. The Johnson duo is working with Brown to renovate the Jefferson Street storefront.

"We'll mind the shop and do our work from that space. It's a tri fecta of creative businesses," Jillian says.

Parish Ink is planning a larger grand opening for the store several weeks after Saturday's Artwalk.
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