A true Gem in the city! Soul Boys (Sboys for short) are more than just a screen printing company, they are young men following their dreams as well as assisting others on their own journey.
When I first had the idea to interview Sboys, it was because they were beyond creative with their screen printing. Little did I know there was so much more to these guys than just shirts and jackets. Soul boys was established in 1997. The business was left to the Dave and his brothers by their father. The business started off as just a Rest In Peace shirt shop. Dave and his brothers (Davon and Davonte) decided to get creative and think outside the box. What sets them apart from any other Screen printing business is that they sit down with their customers and go over and beyond with concepts and ideas. The customers idea is customized to them, it’s no rush job, they makes sure their customers are satisfied.
“We listen to the youth, we don’t just listen to the customers we sit and talk to people”.
Every time I have stepped in the shop its been flooded with customers. One of their customer described the Sboys as “good dudes, that back up what they say” Their walls are covered with celebrity endorsements, Shirt ideas from clients, and tributes all the friends, family, and clients that they have lost. The lobby has a huge flat screen and X-Box with somebody always on sticks or watching sports.
For anyone trying to start your own business or brand yourself Dave’s advice is Pray, and really want to do it . You have to be humble, ambitious and your mind-set on what you want. You have to have patience, there will be a lot of trials and tribulations, you just have to stay focused.
When asked What do you think about the turmoil Detroit is in? How can we fix it?
Dave’s answer was, Detroit as a people need to come together, we as a people are so divided and distance from one another. Detroit as community has so much hatred towards one another.
Dave’s belief is to work with youth to change their mindset and stop the violence. Dave is extremely passionate about uplifting the youth and less fortunate of Detroit.
So how does Sboys plan to give back to the city? Sboys have started feeding the homeless and less fortunate as well as a mentoring program from inner city young men. Sboys hope to make the feed the less fortunate a bi-weekly event.
What made them a true Gem is that this business gives back to the city that patronizes them. It was a breath of fresh air to see young men who are empathetic to the social problems around them that they became a solution to problems.
Whats next for Sboys?
The Sboys are now venturing into expanding the printing company to Atlanta, Georgia as well as starting a Record Label BMB (The initials of their uncle). They also are launching their own clothing line Enjoy Detroit!
Want your apparel customized ? Want to help with the mentoring program? Want to help feed the less fortunate, Stop in to Sboys and see what all the buzz is at:
21700 Greenfield Rd
Oak Park, Michigan 48237