Rhinelander t-shirt shop encourages people to shop local; donates to fellow businessesSubmitted: 03/27/2020
Story By Stephen Goin

Rhinelander t-shirt shop encourages people to shop local; donates to fellow businesses
RHINELANDER - The owner of a Rhinelander t-shirt shop is reminding people to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

She's also promised to donate some of her own proceeds to people who can't work right now.

Diane Pilat of Best Embroideries is now selling several t-shirts inspired by what people are going through.

Some of the shirts feature lighthearted messages while others are meant to be inspirational.

Pilat said she started making the shirts to support herself while her storefront is closed.

She then decided to donate one dollar from every sale to four other "non-essential" businesses.
  • Danner's Shoe Store
  • Diane's Frame Shop
  • Tom's Drawing Board
  • Lund & Taylor Bridal Shop
Each business is now closed down under Governor Evers' Safer at Home order.

"They have no income just like I don't. They can't open up their doors. They don't have anything going out the door as far as sales. So, it just kind of all came together for me the other day," said Pilat.

Pilat said she's already seen great feedback even getting orders from Milwaukee.

The t-shirts can be purchased on the Best Embroideries website for $16 apiece.

That price includes shipping.

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