David Messina is the founder of Double D’s T-Shirt Factory & Signs, a printer of custom t-shirts, hats, signs, banners and vehicle lettering. They serve a variety of businesses, schools, sport teams and local government.
Q: Have you always lived in Currituck, or did you relocate here?
A: I moved to Currituck in 1983.
Q: What was it about Currituck County that most appealed to you?
Bells Island is home. Living on the Currituck Sound is very special.
Q: Do you remember the moment that you decided to start your own business?
A: After a phenomenal 40-year career as a Norfolk fire/paramedic officer, retirement was scary. I wanted a business that could start small and grow along with demand. Screen printing seemed interesting and challenging. My first customer ordered 300 shirts for a St. Patrick’s Day event.
During set-up for printing, a clamp on the press was loose, and it made the first shirt print a little blurry. When the customer said, “I love it,” I knew right then I could have some artistic fun with screen printing.
Q: What’s the best part about owning and operating a business in Currituck County?
A: Knowing that we are providing a quality, “Made in Currituck” product to businesses in Currituck.
Q: What’s the hardest part about owning and operating a business in Currituck County?
A: Getting customers to think about buying local instead of taking their business out of state.
Q: What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a business in Currituck County?
Understand that geographically, Currituck is a large county that is spread out.
A: Reaching out to your customers, especially in the tourist season, will be challenging.
What’s one thing you wish you could change about your business?
That demand for service increase to a thriving, year-round customer base.
Q: What do you most want people (in Currituck County and beyond) to know about you and your business?
A: We provide quality workmanship, 100 percent commitment to personal customer service and having your order completed on-time and as promised.
Currituck Small Business Spotlight is presented by Currituck County Economic Development.