Big Frog Gives Back to the Community with Shop El Paso Campaign
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More Supports Shop El Paso
Angie Rodriguez wanted a change of pace after having a career in the newspaper industry. It wasn’t until she was gearing up for her first Half Iron Man that she found her new life at Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More.
It all started when Angie struggled to find a place to screen print just one t-shirt with her favorite quote on it to wear for the race. A local screen printer told her she needed to buy a minimum of twelve shirts. After that, she immediately turned around and found the Big Frog of Gilbert, AZ.
A few years later, when looking for a franchise business of her own, she ran across the Big Frog opportunity, and knew it was meant to be.
“When going through everything I saw Big Frog, and it took me back to when I couldn’t print just one shirt,” Angie said. I wanted [to start] that business because there is a lot of [other people like] me out there who just need one shirt.”
Since July of 2017 Angie and her husband George have proudly owned Big Frog of East El Paso. The custom apparel shop specializes in direct-to-garment printing and other decoration techniques such as vinyl, embroidery, screen printing, and more. They offer a wide variety of high-quality garments in sizes ranging from infant to 6XL. They also provide up to 15 minutes of free design help, 24-hour turnaround on in-stock garments, and no minimums or setup fees. Bulk orders and online store hosting for groups, associations, and t-shirt fundraising are also available.
Angie and her husband continue to not only help people like herself, but also support local schools and other small businesses.
Giving Back to Education
Giving back to the community is a huge part of how Big Frog supports El Paso. It comes in all shapes and forms and is by far the most fulfilling part about owning a small business.
Angie believes one of the most rewarding ways to give back to her community is giving out free t-shirts to children with good grades at local elementary schools. “My biggest satisfaction is bringing in Finley the Frog. The kids absolutely love Finley [our mascot]. When I go to the schools, the kids hug Finley, and the parents want to take pictures,” she said with a smile.
Even if you aren’t an elementary school student, you can see Finley anytime. He appears on their very own Big Frog of El Paso TikTok channel that Angie uses to promote their store and community programs. She credits her use of social media marketing for helping her keep in touch with all her customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to encouraging students to do their best and making amazing TikTok reels, Angie also collects Toys for Tots at her El Paso location.
Supporting Small Businesses in El Paso
Angie loves to stay well-connected to all the local small businesses in her community. One of the many ways she connects with local businesses is through her membership with the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Shop Local All the Way
Big Frog of El Paso also supports small businesses through various marketing initiatives, including its “Shop Local All the Way” campaign. The six-month-long campaign gave the local community opportunities to win prizes such as a branded t-shirt, tote bag and Direct-to-Garment Printing voucher for their favorite local businesses through the Shop Local nomination.
Catch Angie and another local business owner, Lorena, on this special “Shop Local All the Way Interview.” Here, they share what it’s like to lead and manage their own small businesses and support other businesses in El Paso, Texas.Back