Big names, per­sonal touch

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Among the hot­ter items at Chico & Jo Tro­phies and Sports­wear in Alexan­dria are soft­shell jack­ets.

“We sell a lot of those coats as well as work wear,” says Gérard Gareau. He and his wife, Jo­hanne, have been op­er­at­ing the Main Street busi­ness for the past 32 years.

Be­cause it also has an em­broi­dery shop, Chico & Jo can add a per­sonal touch to its lines of cloth­ing.

Cus­tomized garb is also very pop­u­lar, adds Mrs. Gareau. In fact, one com­pany or­dered no less than 1,300 em­broi­dered jack­ets.

“We worked a month a half, 12-13 hours seven days a week, to com­plete that order,” she says. “But when it is your own busi­ness, you never count your hours.” Work­ing with ma­chines that can per­form 1,200 stitches a minute, Mrs. Gareau can put al­most any im­age or mes­sage on a shirt, jacket or cap. If cus­tomers can­not find what they want in a cat­a­logue of 2,000 de­signs, they can have their own unique images cre­ated on gar­ments.

The store also of­fers lines of tro­phies, plaques, medals, as well as gift­ware, sports­wear and pro­mo­tional items. All of their prod­ucts can be cus­tomized.

CUS­TOM WORK: Gérard and Jo­hanne Gareau, of Chico & Jo Tro­phies and Sports­wear.

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