This week we're spotlighting Celebrate Local family member Will McLain, owner of Plates By Will!
What's the story behind your business, and how did you get started?
Four years ago, I saw a map of the US in a magazine with the each state represented by the the corresponding state's plate. I was in awe of the idea of owning one, but the price kept it at bay. I told my wife that I think that I could make this map. She promptly replied "Yeah... right." I got to work the following weekend on my new project. How do I find all these state plates? How do I cut them? How do the all fit together? All were answered over the next month through a lot of trial and error. Soon after I finished my map, I started making small college themed items that sold surprising quickly through friends on Facebook. This quickly evolved into much larger and custom pieces.
What makes your products unique?
If I could sum it up in one word it would be "detail". I take great care in every piece made.
What do you like about being part of the Celebrate Local family?
This has been a great outlet for me to sell my products and balance my time between work and family. The staff at CL have been wonderful in getting me on board and helping me get my art to market.
You can find Will's license plate art at our Easton store and online!