By Karen Brainard
Despite the sluggish economy, there is still a spirit of entrepreneurship in Ramona, said Eric Guenther, who owns Marketing Worx with his wife, Shari.
The Guenthers recently moved their screenprinting and embroidery business from the Stater Bros. shopping
center to the Day Promenade building at 850 Main St.
“This place is a little bit better exposure...and we were able to double our space,” said Guenther.
Guenther said he and other residents want to keep business alive in Ramona and referred to a bumper sticker that read “Keep business in Ramona.”
“People do feel a sense of loyalty here,” he said.
Guenther added that people are tired of waiting for the economy to improve.
“I think our feeling is we can get through this time,” he said.
Guenther knows Ramona well — he has lived here his entire life of 41 years.
Marketing Worx is not his only business. He also owns Guenther’s Masonry, but with the construction business down he and his wife decided to buy Marketing Worx in March 2010 when the previous owners moved out of state.
“We just kind of jumped in with both feet and here we are,” he said.
Marketing Worx provides custom screenprinting on T-shirts and other items, as well as embroidery. The business also offers vinyl graphics for stickers, decals and banners.
Guenther said Marketing Worx can create anything that has to do with signs or banners.
The business also has full color digital capability for banners, which was used to produce the banner in the store’s front window.
Because this type of business was new to the couple when they bought it, Guenther said they eased into it. Now they are starting to expand.
Staying open until 6 p.m. on weekdays and being open on Saturdays has been a big benefit, especially for customers who work down the hill, noted Guenther. If someone calls to say they will be late to pick up their order, Guenther said they will wait.
The Guenthers are active in the community. He sits on the board of the Ramona Outdoor Community Center and the Ramona Parks and Recreation Association and is a member of the Masonic Lodge. Shari is involved with the Ramona Community School PTA.
The couple has three children, ages 6, 9 and 10. They are also members of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce.
Marketing Worx is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Marketing Worx at 760-788-0535 or check its website, www.marketingworxinc.com.