Saturday, September 7, 2019

Learn about Stitches and Russ on WCBS 880

From WCBS 880

Russ is one of the best guys I know. He helps create all the QBC volunteer jerseys every year and is just a great guy. Also if you need something done, like say getting a blank Mets Jersey customized with name and numbers on it mention Mediagoon and you get it done for $50. Glad he and his team got some shine here.
As the owner of Stitches, which does embroidery and silk screen work for athletic uniforms from Little League to the pros, Gompers’ company sews the name and number on Mets uniforms whenever they add a new player. Upon Saunders’ call up, the former Mets embroiderer couldn’t be reached, so then-team equipment manager, Charlie Samuels, contacted Gompers.“If you take care of me on this I’m going to give you all my work,” Gompers recalled Samuels saying.As a lifelong Mets fan who attended games for years with his late father, Charlie, Gompers’ Mets relationship is a match made in sewing heaven.
“It’s like a dream come true,” said Gompers, 61, a Flushing, Queens native and Bayside resident who operates Stitches in Whitestone. “It’s awesome. I absolutely love it. I bleed orange and blue.”After owning a sporting goods store, in 1991 Gompers started Stitches, which also embroiders uniforms for the Islanders the last several years and the Yankees the last three seasons.“The Yankees is simple,” Gompers said. “It’s just a back number. One color.”
Stitches’ biggest client is the Fire Department of the City of New York, Gompers says, for whom they apply name plates on coats and “FDNY” on golf shirts.
“I hated retail but I found my niche doing team uniforms,” said Gompers, who has seven employees, among them three women at sewing machines doing embroidering. “I consider myself like a big, small business."
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