Small businesses keep the heartbeat of America going strong. Please welcome four of our newest shops to join The Marketplace by TheBlaze — the finest collection of American small businesses. Learn their struggles, celebrate their triumphs and share in their dreams.
Deep Pocket Jean Company
While running a real estate investment management company, Dave Mercer hired a graphic designer who also worked with denim. It was around this time that Dave realized that none of the men’s jeans being produced seemed to be as comfortable as what he recalled from growing up. He decided to do something about it by creating a new line of jeans ― traditional, comfortable and made in the USA.
Roy Toy Manufacturing
On a warm August day in 1930, a horse-drawn wagon made the first delivery of original Roy Toy wooden toys. Roy Dennison loved seeing the intrigue and excitement kids and parents had for his handmade construction sets. He would often say, “There’s no greater feeling for a parent than helping their child explore their own imagination.” Today, this same passion and craftsmanship is carried on by Roy’s grandson, Bruce, who continues making great toys here in the USA.
John Johnson’s first self-employed venture was mowing lawns. While in junior high school, he became fascinated with woodworking, especially wood-turning on a lathe. Eventually, John used his hobby to build a business named after Jacob Shallus, the scribe of the U.S. Constitution. Today, John continues to craft some of the finest-quality American-made fountain and rollerball pens on the market.
A self-described “serial entrepreneur,” Tim Carter has always enjoyed the freedom and satisfaction of getting out on his own. With a background in the construction industry, Tim learned about a product that cleaned decks better than anything else he’d tried. He thought it would make a fantastic product for consumers to clean just about anything. With his 100 percent made-in-America product, Tim gives people the ability to revive and restore things instead of throwing them away.
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