Unsung Heroes | Growth Fits at DeAngelo’s Uniforms
BOARDMAN, Ohio — As many small businesses gear up operations, DeAngelo’s Uniforms, 6020 Market St. in Boardman, is dealing with a rush.
The family-owned business outfits medical and culinary workers and other professionals.
Owner Greg DeAngelo bought the business seven years ago. He says business has tripled over the last year. DeAngelo employs five to serve customers, tailor clothes and organize the store.
“[While] other people were in their homes, we were as busy as we could be because we’re servicing the health care industry,” DeAngelo says. “We have to be open for people.”
According to DeAngelo, sales were already growing because of the lack of uniform providers in Youngstown. The addition of an embroidering machine brought more customers from Mercy Health; its logo appears on scrubs.
“They come in, they get the top that they need. Takes five minutes to put the logo on,” DeAngelo says. “It’s good customer service. Before, they’d have to wait a week, week and a half.”
DeAngelo’s daughter, Anna, studied fashion marketing at Kent State University and works with her father.
The company donates annually to the Akron Children’s Hospital Radiothon and Hospice of the Valley’s Mardi Gras fundraiser. The business also donated scrubs to the Corydon Palmer Dental Society. The society planned to host a female dentist fashion show but the event was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s great building up relationships with people,” DeAngelo says. “That’s the part of being a small-business owner – the relationship you have with your customers.”
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