They’ve got spirit, yes they do. They’ve got spirit, how about you? Homewood residents and relatives Kelly Dorough and Paula Smalley teamed up in April 2010 to showcase their hometown spirit and love for Homewood by designing HomeTees, a T-shirt line reflecting Homewood as a classic community and a great place to live. With Kelly’s business background (a former real estate agent and pharmaceutical sales representative) and Paula’s creativity (Paula is currently a pre-school teacher at All Saints Episcopal), the family members launched their line at We Love Homewood Day festivities last year. “The response over this past year has been overwhelming,” said Kelly, whose original thoughts about launching the designs were simply, “Why not? What do we have to lose?”
The product speaks for itself. This past Christmas, Kelly and Paula were invited to showcase HomeTees at a Holly Days event at the home of Jennifer Lee, owner of Jennifer’s Kitchen. The T-shirts, along with sets of Homewood cups, had tremendous success, practically selling out on the spot. HomeTees were also sold at MerryMakers Market at Edgewood’s Short ‘n Sweet Consignment Shop and at the Holiday Open House in downtown Homewood.
Kelly explains their marketing efforts are mainly word of mouth for now and laughs at the fact they wear Homewood shirts almost daily. HomeTees are available in navy and white with prices ranging from $15 to $22. Sizes are available in youth and adult. Homewood cups are also available in sets of four for $10. HomeTees makes it easy to purchase their goods; simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order. Gift wrap and delivery are also an added convenience for customers. New designs are updated via Facebook on the HomeTees page, and local retailer Edgewood Creamery also carries the Homewood merchandise. Kelly says the best way to buy a shirt is at the creamery “where you can leave with a shirt and a yummy ice cream cone!”
Kelly says true Homewood spirit will certainly be evident May 7 at We Love Homewood Day. What better way to show your spirit than arriving in a HomeTee? After all, as the back of the shirt says, Homewood is a great place to call home.