For the last 40 years, t-shirt printing company Liberty Graphics has been a staple of the small town community.
“We started printing my first t-shirt in 1977 during liberty’s sesquicentennial,” says owner Tom Opper.
Since then, the business has grown to a larger operation with two stores, much to the surprise of Opper.
“I had no projection being a business man. It was just something to make a little money here, make a little money there.”
All the shirts are printed in liberty using water-based ink and a lot of the designs are created by maine artists.
“We’re really proud of the artists we deal with in Maine. I find it to be a real pleasure to be communicating with some of these very productive people.”
“They’re fun to deal with, their subject matter is good, the convenience is wonderful given you don’t have to travel too far for good art.”
After the shirts are printed and dried, they are taken just a few doors down to liberty graphic’s outlet store right here on main street.
“It’s good for the community, sure. And it’s nice to see this small town perk up a little bit, ya know?”
Opper says operating out of a small town does present its challenges, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We like it here. I like it here. And that is important. I can’t imagine this sort of business in a more populated area. I wouldn’t be very happy, myself.”