Custom apparel items come easy in Philadelphia. The area is home to several excellent screen printing and embroidery shops suitable for schools, local sports teams, charity organizations and anyone else who wants to get personal with personalized items. And for the design challenged, some of the shops even offer custom design services. Read on for the cream of the crop when it comes to local screen printing and embroidery shops.
Top Banana Printing
2025 Washington Ave., Suite 216
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 872-8567

Silk screened t-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts, hoodies, tote bags and more are on the menu at Philly’s Top Banana, which first opened its doors four years ago. The company’s screen printing is done with eco-friendly plastisol screen printing inks, and items can be printed with up to six colors. Customers can also submit design requests online. Best of all, this cost-effective shop boasts a quick turnaround time of five to ten days, even for large orders.

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Olympic Embroidery & Wholesale
6401 Rising Sun Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19111
(866) 480-8337

An in-house art and design team sets this Philadelphia shop apart, and customers can use an online design studio to create their own draft or utilize specialized design services. Silk screened and embroidered uniforms, ball caps and jackets are just some of Olympic’s staples, and the company prides itself on being one of the top custom advertising distributors in the area. In addition, the knowledgeable customer service agents are top notch.

Awesome Dudes Printing
1338-40 S. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 886-8492

South Philadelphia is known for plenty of awesome things (the Italian Market, Little Saigon), but one of its lesser known awesome pit stops is Awesome Dudes Printing. Established in 2007 in a basement, this once-underground pop up shop specializes in merchandise for schools, bands, bars and more. And call them old fashioned, but everything is created by hand. In addition to providing beautiful eight-color custom printing on tees, totes and koozies (you know, those foam sleeves that insulate a canned drink), Awesome Dudes has prettied up their neighborhood. An ever-changing mural features the equally awesome work of local artists, which makes this place worth the trip for that alone.

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T-House Inc. Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery
5040 N. 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19120
(215) 236-9820

For thirty years and counting, this Philadelphia screen printing and embroidery landmark has this business down to a tee. With a huge product catalog and a choice of organic and eco-friendly fabrics, customers can order customized shirts, hats and even aprons. The minimum order is 12 pieces, and discounts can be offered to nonprofit organizations if asked.

Brothers Screen Grafx
9015 W. Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082
(610) 789-1009

For the area’s top screen printing, embroidery and vinyl lettering services, look no further than this Upper Darby shop, where the owners vow to try to beat any price.  Personalized product printing jobs are filled in-house, and specialized services include web design and hosting. In addition, Brothers’ product list isn’t all-inclusive. The company boasts: “If there is a way to get a logo onto something, we can get it done for you,” and that includes items not listed in their product line.

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