Big Frog of Durham Moves to New Triangle Village & Celebrates 12 Years
Family-Owned Small Business Celebrates 12 Years with Record-Breaking Revenue Month
In April 2022, the Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More in Durham moved to a brand new location in Triangle Village after nearly 12 years at its former site. Less than six months after opening, the new shop owned by husband-and-wife team of David and Christina Riddell, logged a record sales month in August, just as they celebrated the shop’s 12-year anniversary.
“Once we moved to Triangle Village, we had five great months,” said David Riddell, owner. “May was the best month we’ve ever had, then July beat that number by 30% and August was another strong month. We’re looking forward to what we can celebrate for our half-year mark in the new location come October!”
Beyond straight-up sales good news, the Riddell’s pride themselves on cultivating great employees and making strong community give-back a real priority. Two Durham team members have been with Big Frog since the day David and Christina bought the shop in 2017. David is an active member of two chambers of commerce, and multiple meet-up groups and even hosts a monthly after-hours networking group that’s a popular gathering for other local businesspeople interested in professional development, robust idea interaction, and information exchange.
For three years now, David and Christina have sponsored the Carolina Tiger Rescue 5K run, a huge non-profit event, with t-shirts and even offered their shop as the packet pick-up location. In a time when everyone needs help, Big Frog of Durham, along with its sister shop in Asheville, is proud to have given a total of $10,000 to local businesses and causes in just 2020 alone.
Just a few of those causes and non-profits Big Frog has supported in the Durham area have included El Centro, Vets to Vets, various business seminars, one-day golf outings, and the already-mentioned Carolina Tiger Rescue, along with multiple schools!
The Riddell’s give back generously in Asheville as well as Durham, supporting multiple causes and serving on the non-profit Board of Directors for the Blue Ridge Literacy Council and the Storehouse of Henderson County which provides food and hygiene for the elderly and those in need.
SHOP LOCAL ALL THE WAY: FEATURING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Both Big Frog Durham and Asheville recently participated in the brand’s nationwide program, called Shop Local All the Way which encouraged local give back and support of other small businesses throughout individual communities across the United States. Two local extraordinary businesspersons from Durham recently joined David and Big Frog CEO Tina Bacon-Defrece as guests for a video interview, discussing their unique business contributions locally. Michelle Doeffinger, who owns Triangle Social Media, and Joe Novara, a coach, and speaker about business and sales accountability, spent time discussing engagement, best business practices, and why a local focus is a way to move the needle in a positive direction for all types of businesses.
Overall, a common theme in David and Christina’s support at Big Frog is mentoring and helping pets, vets, kids, and the elderly. As David says, “kids are the future, the elderly is what got us here, vets are why we’re here, and pets are freaking cute!”Back