By Linda Tobin
I’d like to introduce a stalwart of the Mission Street Merchants, Ellen Daigle, owner of Ellens Silkscreening located at 1500 Mission Street here in South Pasadena. In business since 1978 and a tenant on Mission since 1984 Ellen’s is your one stop destination for all of your screen-printing, embroidery, and promotional product needs.
Founded in a garage in the late 70’s, Ellen a registered nurse was looking for a way to be able to work from home while raising her three small daughters and began printing tee-shirts for South Pasadena area businesses. In 1984 when the Olympics came to Los Angeles Ellens Silkscreening was poised to capitalize on this world class event printing shirts by the thousands for a company that had a design contract with the US Olympic Committee.
This exposure led to work for giant municipal and private organizations such as; LA Parks and Recreation, the Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA), the Getty Museum, the Norton Simon, Hollywood Bowl and Greek Theater along with businesses large and small such as Wetzel’s Pretzels, and back in the day, The Crocodile Cafe, the John Bull Pub, Gus’s Barbecue and other area mainstays of the South Pas/Pasadena merchant community.
Ellen has always believed in providing world class service and products whether it is an Olympian event or printing up a few dozen logo branded tee-shirts and polo shirts for area plumbers, carpenters and other area tradesman.
It is her hard work and the dedication of her entire staff that keeps businesses coming back year after year for their printing needs and what has garnered a wall full of awards and community recognition which a partial list would include: Induction by the National Association of Women Business Owners into its “Millennium Hall of Fame” in addition to being named as one of the Top 100 women-owned businesses in LA County for the years 1999, 2000, 2005, & 2007 by the LA Business Journal.
But Ellen’s commitment to the business isn’t simply a desire to garner business accolades as those were just a by-product of her years of dedication and hard work to make the community of South Pasadena a better place to live and work and it is in that spirit that she has so generously given of her time to the community serving on the boards of South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Parks & Recreation Commission, Public Safety Commission, and one of the Founders of SPRIG, and WISPPA.
It is for these reasons and whole lot more, including this newspaper’s desire to highlight and champion local merchants in our “Shop Local Promotion.” Ellen’s Silkscreening has withstood the test of time.
We would hope and encourage all South Pasadena residents get to know and support Ellen and all the fine people at Ellens Silkscreening. You can find out more information about them at their website www.ellenssilkscreening.com or you can speak with them directly at (626)-441-4415 or send them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your business branding or holiday shopping needs.