Pat and Susan James have been running James Gang Graphics, an Ocean Beach business that has been around for 35 years, and are now looking for a buyer or buyers.
In a brief announcement, they said:
For the last 35 years, we have been privileged to be in business in Ocean Beach. We love this town, the community, our employees and the wonderful customers that have patronized James Gang. The memories far outweigh the challenges of these economic times.
That said, we have decided to make a change. We are looking for a buyer or buyers, with the energy, vision and working capital to take the James Gang to a new level. This is a very viable business, with huge potential, for the right person or group.
The business has been an OB mainstay for a generation. It first opened on Newport Avenue selling T-shirts and sweatshirts, and thrived at their location for 14 years. It then morphed into more of a full-fledged print shop and moved to 1931 Bacon Street where it has been ever since.
“It was the bad economy and the credit freeze,” Pat told me this morning when I asked him what had happened to force them to look for new buyers. “Especially the credit freeze – that’s the big issue,” he said.
It was not a lease rent problem, Pat explained, as their landlord has been working with them for several years. “You know, there’s been escalating cotton costs – due to flooding in Pakistan, and stuff like that. And increasing petroleum prices …” which is what most their ink is made from. Petroleum costs have doubled in the last 5 years, he said.
“We’re still in business,” Pat said, “we’re still up and running.” They just need to reconfigure everything. They have eight employees, 7 of them full-time, and any changes will be a hardship for everyone. Pat and Susan haven’t had a vacation in five years, as they’ve been hunkering down trying to make it work in an economy that has not been kind to small businesses.
Besides running the shop with Susan, Pat has been the Chair of the Ocean Beach Historical Society for a number of years, and has been OB’s unofficial videographer for the last decade at least. Pat was instrumental in helping to save the OB Library branch a couple of years ago when it was on the Mayor’s chopping block.
The building that houses the shop has some historical significance, as well. It was the last manually-set, single-lane bowling alley in America. Truth.
If anyone is interested – let them know. Contact Pat and Susan at James Gang Graphics at 619-225-1753.