Angela Hittle has called Bonners Ferry home for the past 32 years, after having moved to the area with her mother when she was just 9 years old. A mother and business owner, you can find her at Vinyl Expressions, where she works perfecting customized products for her clientele.
“We love to help people with putting their designs together or creating designs for them,” says Angela. “We offer a large selection of fashionable wear, whether you decide to customize it or just purchase as is.”
What began as a hobby has now turned into a flourishing business. Angela began printing small projects at home for family and friends, and as her items’ popularity increased, she opened one small shop downtown, then moved into a bigger space before buying her current, much larger building at the end of 2017. Expanding her inventory considerably with every move, you will now find that they carry a wide variety of clothing in sizes from newborn baby and youth to men’s talls, 2XL and up. If you need hats, bags, socks and other printable items, it’s very likely they have them or can order them in quickly. Vinyl Expressions has a great selection of Badgers logos to choose from to help promote the hometown team spirit; they also do custom printing for many local businesses and other local sports teams. If you have an idea for a shirt or hat, bring it by and they’ll gladly work up a design for you!
Vinyl Expressions also carries an extensive line of mugs, cups and other giveaways in assorted styles and colors for people to customize—perfect for weddings, family reunions and company events. Looking to create a one-of-a-kind tote, banner, sign, sticker or automotive decal? They’ve got you covered. In addition, shoppers will be treated to a variety of Idaho goods such as huckleberry products, candles and souvenirs.
While remodeling her new building, Angela utilized some extra space to offer tanning in her brand new stand-up unit and bed; clients may purchase individual sessions or packages, which she offers along with a large selection of lotions and products to keep your skin glowing year round—even after the summer has come to an end.
“I couldn’t do this business adventure without the help and hard work of my future daughter-in-law, Kendra Merritt,” says Angela. Kendra helps with design and overseeing other employees while keeping on top of all the daily tasks. Customers are always greeted cheerfully, and everyone working maintains a high level of professionalism and a good sense of humor—both of which are appreciated by their clients!
When it comes to what Angela finds most rewarding about the work she does, it is “to see people’s excitement when you bring their projects to fruition,” she says.
It is important to Angela that she gives back to the community in which she lives. “Over the years of raising my children, I have been very involved in the community: BoCo [Backpacks program], Parks and Rec., Badger Boosters, Valley View PTO and Junior Class Parents,” she states.
If you’re looking for that perfect customized item that is sure to impress, look no further than Vinyl Expressions, where Angela and Kendra are always ready to bring your idea to life.
7180 Main Street
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805