DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — This past year has been difficult for business owners around the nation with some being forced to lay off workers or close their doors.

One locally owned business in the Wiregrass has grown and is actually expanding.

According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are currently 30.7 million small businesses, Honey Bee Tees, here in the Wiregrass is just one of those locally owned businesses.

The owner started her business at a dining room table and now her operation has expanded to a 7,900 square foot building.

Darby Stickler is the owner of Honey Bee Tees and she started the custom print t-shirt company in 2010. The mother of three saw a need for simple children’s t-shirts, so she decided to do something about it.

Starting with 5 designs, she launched her business online and said you do not realize how far you can reach until you start seeing the sales.

“We ship shirts all over the United States and it still surprises me when I look down and see shirts
going to California or Washington State or Vermont, New Hampshire,” Stickler said.

Honey Bee Tees’ new location will be at the old District Night Club on Foster Street.

Stickler bought the building at the end of March. She tells WDHN they are in the demo phase right now and hope to be done with the project and moved in by the end of the year.

“The first time we came in, it was a little scary,” Stickler said. “There were several roof leaks, so there was water coming into the building, there were strong odors, no electricity, not a lot of air circulation, it was in pretty bad shape.”

Once the space is complete it will be home to all of the companies operations and even a brand new store front.

According to Stickler, the company needs a location of this size since they ship their shirts all around the U.S. and sell their products in 70 stores across the nation.

She said the most exciting part of the process is being able to do everything in the Circle City.

“I look forward to being in this location, having foot traffic out front, and having a sense of community in Dothan,” Stickler said.

Stickler hopes to have the new location up and running by the end of 2021, if you would like to support this locally owned business, you can do so on their online store.