CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Blink, and you might miss Kin Ship Goods’ new headquarters on Lee Street.
The company recently relocated from Louisville, Ky., to a tiny two-story building sandwiched between the former Stone & Thomas department store and the AT&T; building.
It’s a little reminiscent of the house from the “Stuart Little” movies. But it’s the perfect home for a company whose unofficial motto is “Stay cozy.”
Kin Ship Goods produces a line of light-hearted home goods and apparel that have been featured in Country Living Magazine and websites like Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge and ModCloth.
Their most popular item is a T-shirt featuring a silhouette of a cat’s head, overlaid with the slogan “Ask me about my cat.”
“That’s what pays the rent,” she said.
The company’s other products are similarly ebullient. The second-most popular design depicts a kitten reading a book. Another design features a mountain sunrise, and another sports the faux-profane catchphrase “What the Cuss?”
There’s a baby romper that boasts “Too young for coffee but still going strong.”
Co-founders Dan Davis, 30, and Hillary Harrison, 33, started Kin Ship Goods in 2009, while they were both working at an art gallery. Davis was a longtime screen printer and Harrison worked as the gallery’s purchasing agent.
“We said ‘Let’s just make our own stuff,’” Davis said.
The operation started small, with Davis printing shirts in a spare bedroom. But then Kin Ship Goods was featured on the front page of Etsy, an online marketplace for crafters and artists.
The couple began talking about moving to West Virginia three years ago.
“The timing felt right,” Harrison said.
She was raised in Sissonville but moved away as soon as she graduated from high school.