Misspelling spells success for clothing company

Young entrepreneurs seem to find business inspiration everywhere.

For Tim Wintemute, the ideas started flowing at a San Francisco Giants baseball game.

A fan wearing a Colorado Mountain College shirt started the Craig native thinking about a local clothing line with logos that were more in line with the way people talk, than the way people spell.

Colorado mountain clothes soon became Colorado Maoten Cloze, and the new company was born.

Enlisting his friend Jesse Aragon as a partner, and securing financial backing from his parents, Scott and Grace, Wintemute set out forming a specialized clothing company.

"We want to represent North--west Colorado," Wintemute said. "It's a 'do your own thing' attitude that is prevalent in Craig."

They said the concept is to get local artists to draw for them. They have contacted Andy Snow in Craig and other artists in Steamboat Springs, and they hope to put their concepts onto top-quality shirts and hoods made out of pre-shrunk, 100 percent cotton.

"They wrap around your body," Wintemute said. "It's made out of really soft materials."

Chaos Ink in Craig is producing the clothing line for the businessmen, and their items can be found in the Surplus Outlet in Centennial Mall.

"We're working on some stores in Steamboat to carry our products," Wintemute said. "We are getting a lot of help locally to promote the shirts and hoodies (hooded sweatshirts)."

T-shirts are currently selling for $16, and hooded sweatshirts are about $30. The two 20-year-olds are planning button-down shirts and sweatshirts by this winter.

Both men are members of the Moffat County High School Class of 2004, and they are keeping their fingers crossed for their business. They say Craig has helped support them.

"People want something that comes out of Craig," Wintemute said. "There's a lot more to come in the future."

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