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CHASE BOTTORF/THE EXPRESS From left, Niki Swartwood, Rachel Killinger and Catt Seid pose inside Rachel K. Creations on Main Street in downtown Lock Haven.

LOCK HAVEN – A new clothing business has opened in downtown Lock Haven.

Rachel K Creations is the newest member of the downtown boutique estate. The company specializes in custom printed products.

Owner and operator, Rachel Killinger, focuses on custom made-to-order items in men’s, women’s and children’s apparel prints. They have a range of solid colors, acid wash, bleach wash, various tie-dye colors and patterns ranging from seasonal tank tops to long and cropped tees, sweatshirts/crew necks , to pants such as joggers and more. All sizes ranging from newborn onesies to XXXXL.

In addition to custom printed apparel, Killinger also offers custom tumblers, coozies, and other types of drinkware.

“They’re really cool for giveaways. We did so many teachers for teacher appreciation, Christmas and things like that,” said Killinger.

CHASE BOTTORF/THE EXPRESS Rachel K Creations storefront at 221 E. Main Street, between Stella A’s and The Bike Gallery is pictured.

Other assortments of personalized items include keychains – those with an image on them or with names, sports numbers, pet tags, etc. – baby bibs, bottle openers, badge holders, cosmetic bags, puzzles and more.

“I do most of the designs that I actually create, but we also collaborate with other artists. If there’s a design someone wants, we can buy an item that might be more popular with another artist “, said Killinger.

All design, printing and pressing is done in-store, she added.

Killinger started Rachel K Creations less than a year ago in her home in Woodward Township. Less than three weeks ago, she moved into space at 221 E. Main St. in Lock Haven, formerly The Strouse Law Firm, as the workload and orders increased.

Besides focusing on a custom print design business, Killinger’s primary career is in real estate. She has been a real estate agent for 15 years now. Her side business became an outlet for her creative side that she had from a young age.

“It grew very quickly as soon as I started selling items. My real job — what I call my “big girl job” – is the reality. It was kind of my creative outlet and I’ve always been a super artistic, super creative fart and loved designing my own things,” she says.

When Rachel K Creation started as a business, Killinger typically received an order or two a day. Now that she has made her name known to the public, her business receives about 90 orders a day, she said.

However, Killinger did not grow her business alone. With the help of two other women who work for her, Niki Swartwood and Catt Seid, Rachel K Creations has grown and gained momentum.

Swartwood and Seid both became involved in Killinger’s business after purchasing one of his custom shirts from his store.

“I ordered a shirt from him, and then our friendship blossomed. Then I was helping out after my full-time job,” said Swartwood.

From there, Killinger asked her to come full time and within a day of being asked, she joined the band.

Seid discovered it after buying a shirt from Killinger’s store through the Facebook Marketplace.

“I picked up this shirt and she had her VIP page just started (on Facebook) and she made a post about wanting a ‘hype team’ – who are people who help grow ( advertise the products)- I told him I would love to try this,” she says.

Seid began by posting Killinger’s artwork on social media, which helped increase the store’s appeal. She then started helping make custom prints after school.

Rachel K Creations has also gained popularity through the promotion of works on social networks such as Tiktok. Killinger said she was gone “viral” on the social media platform for his creations such as an Oogie Boogie “Nightmare Before Christmas” shirt she made for Halloween and Christmas which was a top selling item for them.

Rachel K Creations also hosts fundraisers to help those suffering from illnesses such as cancer, families dealing with the loss of a family member, suicide awareness and more. They make custom t-shirts in support, with a portion of the proceeds going to the person(s) in need.

“We are able to help someone else and everything is good quality, we really want to have good quality items – not like 100% cotton items that are itchy”, said Killinger.

For more information or to inquire about a purchase, visit the Rachel K Creations website at www.rachelkcreations.com, Facebook page at Rachel Kayhelper, or Instagram at @rachelkcreations.

Rachel K Créations is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We advertise these times, but if you see our lights and an open sign, come in, we’re here,” said Killinger.


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Luz W. German