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Flowery Branch teens crossing their tees by launching business that aids nonprofit
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Cameron Holmes, 18, looks at the Travlr shirt display at Boho Boutique in Flowery Branch. A portion of the proceeds from the Travlr shirts, which Holmes and Tyler Blaylock created, go to Pack for a Purpose, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, N.C. - photo by Erin O. Smith

To purchase a T-shirt from Travlr, visit http://www.travlrcompany.com.

Tyler Blaylock and Cameron Holmes have set out on a journey of their own. The Flowery Branch High School students launched Travlr, their own T-shirt company, and have been met with success.

The pair sell their shirts on their website and in three local stores — Boho Boutique in Flowery Branch, Southern Lace in Dacula, and Blessed Boutique in Suwanee. The shirts have been on sale about three weeks and the first two shipments sold out between store and online sales.

“I actually contacted them because it’s an adorable shirt,” said Jodi Grutadaurio, owner of Boho Boutique. “I think they’re going to do very well, the logo’s great.”

Five variations of the shirts are available, featuring unique designs. All are cotton and feature a pocket on the chest with a small logo and a larger design on the back. They are available in unisex sizing.

Blaylock said they hope to do long-sleeved tops in the coming months and jackets when temperatures drop. Hats are also a hope for the future.

Blaylock and Holmes are friends who met playing football for their school two years ago. Blaylock is a junior at Flowery Branch and Holmes is a senior. They both are on the varsity football team this year.

While getting to know each other, Blaylock discovered Holmes had certifications in Photoshop and illustrator from DaVinci Academy. He later approached him with the idea of starting a T-shirts business. While Blaylock came with some design ideas, Holmes does much of the actual designing.

Of their designs, Blaylock says they try to be different.

“We try to be original, we try to create, make it our own, not do what everyone else is doing,” he said.

Blaylock handles the business side of the project, dealing with inventory, sales and stores. Holmes creates the designs for the shirts and runs the Travlr website.

They hope to continue to grow the company into a larger venture in the future.

“Hopefully if it gets big enough. ... I’ve always wanted to be my own boss, I’ve never wanted to work for someone else,” Blaylock said.

The 17-year-old also said they hope Travlr becomes known for its originality and for helping others, not necessarily to be a “power house for money.”

The boys’ love of traveling is a large part of how the company was named. Blaylock said they both have been fortunate enough to travel and enjoy time and beautiful sights with their families. They took out the E’s in the word “traveler” in an effort to be unique and form the name Travlr.

A portion of the proceeds of Travlr sales go to Pack for a Purpose, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, N.C., that provides travelers with up-to-date information about needed supplies for community-based projects supported by accommodations around the globe.

Travelers use their luggage to take school, medical and other supplies to the communities they visit.

Blaylock and Holmes will be doing some traveling of their own in the next few years when they set off to college. Holmes, now 18, is hoping to attend Auburn Tech next year and study graphic or industrial design. Blaylock hopes to attend South Carolina or Ole Miss to study sports management or business management.

They say the business is set up so it can be run long distance while they attend different schools.

The teens have done most of the work getting the company started by themselves. Holmes said his father, Greg Holmes, offered some guidance in the process and had to sign some of the paperwork because they were under 18 at the time.

The process, overall, has been a huge learning experience for the boys, Holmes said.

“It’s really exciting because we put in a lot of work,” he said. “We’re excited that we’re finally seeing it take off.”

Grutadaurio said she’s known the boys since they were in elementary school and was happy to help them and their business.

Boho Boutique works with other local artists and vendors on consignment. She said there’s actually three Flowery Branch High students — two of whom have graduated — who have items for sale in her store.

“I like to support the local artists and the community and help them out,” Grutadaurio said.

Grutadaurio thinks Travlr’s products will do well.

“I’ve been in this business for a very, very long time and I know what sells,” she said.

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