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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
David and Michelle Kemp started their business in their Danville home about three years ago.
They did a little of everything and began traveling monthly to Gordyville in rural Gifford to sell items ranging from furniture to appliances to jewelry.
A few months later they started their own graphics business. That business began to take off — so much so that they have opened their own storefront operation in Rantoul.
LTR Custom Grafix and More opened Jan. 26 at 106 E. Congress Ave.
“We do vinyl graphics, t-shirts, hats, glass etching, decals, vehicle lettering, signs, banners, stuff like that,” David Kemp said. “It started as a little hobby.”
His brother Brent is also part of the business.
The Kemps began buying more equipment and began selling vinyl graphics.
They also offer full-body vehicle graphics.
“We consider ourselves a custom shop,” he said. “We do it the way the customer wants it.”
LTR has done “quite a few” memorial items, including t-shirts, decals and other work.
The business also offers glass etching on mirrors, champagne glasses and the like.
One of David’s email addresses reads “allwork.” That much is evident in the work ethic of Kemp and his wife. In addition to running the graphics business, they work full time at McLane Midwest in Danville, a grocery distribution center.
In October they run a haunted house in Georgetown, and she is a wrestling coach for the Danville Chargers.
They also have nine children. (They lost a daughter in a house fire a few years ago.)
“We do a lot of things here,” David said. “Basically anything they want I can customize.
“That’s why I have the ‘and more’ on the company name. I like making people happy. When they like what I do for them, that also makes me happy.
“At Gordyville we actually did pretty good there, and so most of my clientele is out this way,” Kemp said.
Kemp also has another local connection. He is a member of Hot Rods and Hooligans Motor Club in Rantoul.
He credited the club for helping them get the building in shape for their business.
“They’ve been great helping us get the place ready,” David Kemp said.
They also work closely with “Duck” O’Toole, who moved his Pounded Out tattoo parlor from Garrard Street next to their building on Congress. O’Toole and the Kemps have helped each other get their buildings ready.
LTR Custom Grafix hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.