CEYLON - It started as a hobby for Andy Odegaard, designing graphics and decals for local race cars. But with increasing demand and some help from his wife, his hobby is now Odez Graphix, located in the Odegaard Marine building in Ceylon.
"He did it as a hobby for about two years," said Sarah Odegaard. "He ended up having more car drivers wanting stuff done."
Andy began with a graphics degree. After getting more printing and cutting equipment, he launched Odez Graphix earlier this year.
Sarah Odegaard poses near her Odez Graphix booth on Thursday at the Martin County Fair.
While currently on display at the Martin County Fair, the business will hold a grand opening at its Ceylon location from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 23.
"We've gotten a great fair response," Sarah said. "A sports department from one of the area colleges came by ... Commercial-wise, several were interested in banners and vehicle wraps. The whole idea was for people to know we're out here and get that exposure, and so far it's been fantastic."
Odez Graphix is probably best known with local racing crowds.
"Fairmont and Jackson's raceways have been great," Sarah said. "We've been getting a lot of stuff done with both of them."
When the demand for the graphics began to take off, Sarah begin experimenting with some more creative designs.
"We were getting overwhelmed with both the race car graphics and the response for the crafty stuff," she said, adding that she never was a "crafty" person until getting involved with her husband's graphic designing. She is now preparing to obtain her own graphic design degree to help with the business.
Meanwhile, Odez Graphix has outlined some goals for the future.
"I'd love to do more with the schools, the boosters, the music departments," Sarah listed.
It also helps to know what the people want. The Odegaards hope next week's open house will help.
"We'll be available to answer questions on what we can do for them," she said.