Tailgating season is right around the corner! If you’re looking for a place to find your favorite scarlet and gray gear, HOMAGE has all the sports apparel you need to support your favorite team in style.
Along with their awesome tailgating gear, HOMAGE is all about bringing on the nostalgia while putting you in amazingly soft tees and sweaters that you’ll have no choice but to love. To help you get to know HOMAGE a little better, we sat down with the Easton Head Coach, Grant Hutzel. Here’s what he had to say:
HOMAGE is somewhat of a local legend. Give us the company’s back story!
Our founder Ryan started HOMAGE in 2007, deep in his parents’ basement, with a passion for nostalgia and the art of storytelling – on a t-shirt!https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zfnd_q2DDrI?rel=0
What makes HOMAGE different than other apparel companies?
A t-shirt can be a thing that you throw on to run a quick errand, or it can be a truly personal connection to an epic pop culture event that changed your life, your team’s defining moment or that one season that almost made you throw in the towel. HOMAGE t-shirts are the best way to relive the moments that will stay with you forever while also enjoying the comfort of the softest gear around.
If you haven’t had the chance yet, you should come see what HOMAGE has to offer for yourself. Remember that poster you had back in middle school that watched over your every book report until your Mom tossed it out because she got tired of you using all of her tape to fix those ripped corners? We probably had it, too. And we missed it. So, we found it and framed it up high, so we never lose it again! HOMAGE has something everyone will love.
What’s something that not many people know about HOMAGE? Any cool stories to share?
HOMAGE offers free ice-cold Coca-Cola’s out of our vintage Coke machine! The sign on the machine says 10 cents, but between us, Cokes are always free.
The memories that we have shared around an ice-cold Coke or two are countless, but one of the coolest things that I have ever seen was in 2016. The Cleveland Cavaliers were down 3-1 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. We just dropped some pretty sweet WWE tees, and somehow our Undertaker tee found its way to LeBron James. The story behind The Undertaker must’ve resonated with LeBron, as he was seen rocking our tee before game 5, when LeBron and the Cavs started their historic comeback to capture the team’s first NBA Championship and end the city of Cleveland’s 50+ year drought without a major sports championship.
I’m not saying that HOMAGE was the inspiration for LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ amazing comeback, but when LeBron landed back in Cleveland before the big parade, he stepped off the plane hoisting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy wearing ANOTHER one of our recent WWE releases, The Ultimate Warrior.
Was HOMAGE responsible for one of the most memorable comeback stories in sports history? Probably not. But we wouldn’t be mad to see one of our stickers on that trophy!
We know you have multiple locations throughout Ohio. What’s unique about the Easton store?
Back to the vintage Coke machine. Each location has their own, but the Easton Coke machine is the best by far! You will never have a colder Coke than with us at HOMAGE Easton.
PRO TIP: Be one of the first to grab a Coke in the morning and you’re likely to get the most coveted of beverages – the slushy Coke!
Football season is here! What makes HOMAGE the perfect place to shop for tailgating gear?
At HOMAGE, we really want to start your Saturday game days off right. We’ll have FREE early morning pick-me-ups from a variety of Columbus’s best, including White Castle and Buckeye Donuts. Did we also mention the free coffee and exclusive game day deals and gifts?
Are there any cool new arrivals or collections that have caught your eye?
With the start of the college football season approaching and our unapologetic love for the Buckeyes, our new Ohio State University gear has started rolling in to kick off the season! We have new graphics, new styles and our in-store festivities before every game, of course.
In your opinion, what are some tailgating must-haves?
Strong coffee, carbs and our recent re-release of my personal favorite Buckeye tee, “Fight The Team!”
Will HOMAGE be hosting any cool events over the next few months? If so, give us a preview of what’s coming up!
Like I said, HOMAGE is the place to be before every OSU home game, but we don’t stop there. Look forward to more in-store events with us throughout the year!
In March, we hosted one of my favorite events to celebrate the start of the 2018 MLB season. We offered drinks from legendary Ohio breweries Land-Grant and Rhinegeist, free pizza from LaRosa’s, Coney Dogs from Skyline Chili and amazing desserts from Melt Bar and Grilled!
On a related note, how does HOMAGE give back to the communities it serves? Tell us about some of the company’s cool charitable initiatives.
HOMAGE is involved with many charities and events throughout the year, including our partnerships with Pelotonia and The LeBron James Family Foundation. In fact, we released our “Just A Kid From Akron” tee so all proceeds could go to The LeBron James Family Foundation.
Lastly, what makes HOMAGE a cool place to work?
Besides the Cokes? HOMAGE is a very unique and amazing place to be. We are all about the passion of our cities, the people that make them great and the stories that will live on forever! If you’re interested in joining our team, you can learn more about HOMAGE careers here.