Marc and Bethany Dalbey are new the owners of Dalbey Designs, formerly Terri’s Threads.
The couple purchased the business — located on the east side of the square in Paris — and took over June 15 from Teri Dennis who operated the business for many years.
“I personally always liked taking of ordering the softball shirts and deciding what they would look like,” Marc Dalbey said. “I loved this stuff.”
The couple took over the business June 15 from longtime owner Teri Dennis, who remains at this time as an employee. “She knows the embroidery machine and does a great job,” Bethany Dalby emphasized.
The store will continue to feature area school fan favorites including everything for the well-dressed fan including shirts, sweatshsirts and hats. Schools include Paris, Mayo, Crestwood, St. Mary’s, Tri-County, Shiloh, Chrisman and Marshall.
“We’ve already got bags that are perfct for athletes and cheerleaders to carry to and from games,” Bethany Dalby said. The bags are prominently displayed in the store, she noted.
Marc Dalbey said they hope to add collegiate gear, especially for the smaller universities and colleges where several local athletes are playing or cheering.
A new embroidery machine will be added to the shop to better handle the special requests.
“We’re here to provide our customers with what they want,” Marc Dalbey said, noting Jacob Scott and Josh Eslinger as well as Terry Lye continue in the business helping design shirts and other items for customers. Crystal Marquis works the retail floor.
“We’ve already filled orders for businesses who wanted polos,” Marc Dalbey said.
In addition to the fan paraphernalia, Bethany Dalbey said the business can personalize banners and make stickers and decals. “We can print directly on a cell phone case,” she explained.
The couple will continue to work at Ingrum Waste Disposal for the time being but are already planning a remodel of the store, which many Paris residents will remember as the Woolworth Store.
“We want everyone to know if they have an idea, they can come in and sit with our graphic designers and together come up with a design you want,” Marc Dalbey said.
Dalbey was a three-sport athlete at Paris High School while Bethany was a cheerleader. They are the parents of a son, Miles, who is seven.
Hours for Dalbey Designs are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.