Ken and Myrna Gronwald, owners of Grumpy’s Graphics in Prairie City, are gearing up for what could be one of Grant County’s biggest events in history, the Monday, Aug. 21, total solar eclipse.
In honor of the upcoming eclipse celebration, the Gronwalds have added to their business name, calling it “Grumpy’s Eclipse Central.”
Anticipating a significant increase in visitors to the area, they are ramping up production, creating custom-designed eclipse souvenirs, including T-shirts, travel mugs, coffee mugs, patches, plates, coins, pins and fine art.
With their equipment, the Gronwalds can also print banners, signs, posters and bumper stickers. All the print jobs are made at their Prairie City home, then sold at their shop at 152 Front St.
“We have screen printers and a white format printer, which prints up to 52 inches wide, and as long as you want,” Ken said, adding they also have big vinyl sign cutters.
There are stacks of colorful T-shirts with various solar eclipse designs in the shop with other items lining the shelves.
The Gronwalds have also delivered eclipse T-shirts to businesses in John Day and Dayville, as well as 150 shirts for the Grant County Chamber of Commerce in John Day.
Grant County officials expect as many as 35,000 visitors traveling through and staying in the area.
“It’s going to be a lot for our community, if they come in droves like they expect,” Ken said. “It could be overwhelming, but exciting at the same time.”
He said he has family visiting during the eclipse, but said he may not see much of them since he’ll be tied up at the business. He plans to hire workers to set up souvenir vending booths in nearby towns during the weekend of the eclipse.
Myrna said she enjoys working with her husband. They’ve owned the Grumpy’s business for nearly 20 years now, evolving from an embroidery shop to a print shop, and they’ve lived in Prairie City for nine years.
“He does the designing. I do the editing,” she said.
She anticipates they’ll have more styles and items to add to the store.
“We’re looking at another coin design and more shirts,” she said. “We’re hoping we can accommodate everyone’s wants and needs.”
Currently, store hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, depending on how busy it is, and they plan to add more hours and days as summer approaches.
Ken said it’s expected that 50 percent of visitors will be from out of the country.
“You cannot buy an airplane ticket now, or a rent-a-car,” he said. “I like to socialize, so I’m looking forward to having different people from different areas to talk to.”
For more information about Grumpy’s Graphics, call 541-820-4484.