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Meet Alan and Uri Bialostozky of Wallatees

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alan and Uri Bialostozky.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I come from a business-oriented family and ever since I was young, I have loved doing business. In high school, I started my own successful t-shirt brand, Stozki, and realized that I was onto something.

One day, near the end of my college career, a good friend approached me with the idea of starting our own custom apparel printing company and naturally, I said yes. Since then, I have inherited Wallatees and have been able to extensively develop our company with the addition of my brother, Uri, and few others to the team. I am proud to say we have flourished immensely in such a short period of time.

I truly love what I do because we get to help so many people make their creative ideas come to life and there is nothing better than that!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
From the very beginning, it has all been a learning experience. Even with a degree in Communication and Entrepreneurship from UCSD, nothing fully prepared me for the road ahead.

I remember getting our first big client, I mean really big (3,000 shirts), and somehow, we ended up printing every single shirt wrong. It was a major wake up call for us. We managed to fix the situation and that was where the growth happened for us.

I love the saying “you live and you learn,” and that’s exactly how the process has gone for my brother and I. There are so many things you can learn about business without starting your own. Unfortunately, not all lessons have been fun, but truthfully, we would not be here without the mess ups – there are just some things you can’t learn in a classroom.

Luckily, I have a strong support system, all whom have as much drive to succeed, eagerness to grow, and dedication to see my business through; without them I would not be able to push myself to create the empire that Wallatees can become.

“Now that I have my brother, Uri, helping me run the sales side of the company, my girlfriend fulfilling the creative aspects, and a loyal client base, I can say things are much smoother now.”

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We originally started screen printing for small organizations, sport teams, and fraternities and sororities, at San Diego State because we noticed that they were overpaying for t-shirts and promotional items and we were shocked. So we offered our services at a lower cost and filled a hole in that niche.

After a couple months of running Wallatees, we realized there was a much bigger market for our services, and quickly started expanding further and further throughout the United States. Now providing custom apparel to hundreds of small businesses, schools, universities, clubs and many more people all over the country.

“We are able to expand quickly because our vision is strong; we believe in helping other people expand their businesses. We try to do that by lowering the cost of expenses.”

“Wallatees is the go-to-place for any individual or organization looking to realize their creative ideas on quality apparel. We pride ourselves on our high quality custom prints and now expanded onto embroidery, stickers, magnets, and business cards, all at low costs, making it accessible to everyone with a vision to brand themselves. We even provide on-site graphic design assistance for your creative needs.”

To ensure we run the business effectively, I dedicate my time to ensuring that everything runs smoothly between the designers and printers. My brother is in charge of the public relations and customer success.

“A high degree of importance is placed on communication for the operations to run smoothly and it’s imperative to us that from the beginning of the process, we give our customers the attention and service they deserve.”

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always very inquisitive and analytical. I would look around and try to think of ways I could better things to become more efficient. Through that mentality, I have mastered many unique trades ranging from fixing bikes to training dogs and fixing my neighbor’s computer. Being hands-on is how I learn, and that is what I’m most passionate about.

One thing about myself, which is a trait I’m happy to share with my brother, is our love for humanity and our desire to help others. We love to see others grow and prosper which is why we reach out to many organizations and foundations always looking for ways to give back. We partner with local charities and donate a percentage of the proceeds.

Uri and I are currently developing an ambassador program in which Wallatees helps young entrepreneurs get their feet off the ground. We give individuals a chance to expand on their business skills, and they get 8% of each sale they make. It’s a win-win!

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