Celebrating its 30th year in business, Polk City Iowa’s P&M Apparel recently hosted a customer appreciation party, in conjunction with June’s Sounds on the Square event.


P&M Apparel first began in the basement of Phyllis and Melvin Richardson’s Webster City home in 1987. The company then moved to Polk City approximately 20 years ago in order to be closer to family. Since that time, whether it has been helping build the Sounds on the Square series or putting together the Monster Dash Event, the owners and employees of P&M Apparel have played a major role in the development and support of both the local community and local businesses.


In addition to a demonstration on printing T-shirts, the company’s anniversary party featured a giant bounce house, tours of the P&M Apparel store and soft serve ice cream cones. P&M Apparel also teamed up with one of their sock manufacturers in order to support a program called “Socks on the Street.” This organization helps donate moisture-wicking socks and other needed clothing items to the homeless community across central Iowa. Guests of the 30th anniversary party had the opportunity to purchase a sock and write a note of encouragement for the future owner.


Today, P&M Apparel is run by three generations of the family. The company has also expanded its services and equipment since its inception to include screen printing, banners, higher quantities of embroidery, fusion printing, quilting, promotional products and more.