BELMAR, NJ — When St. Catharine’s School in Spring Lake needed T-shirts for its second Christmas 5K, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More jumped right on it.

Owner Doug Hahner  met with Kristen Cichon, an event organizer, and they were off to a fast start, deciding on shirts and a color that would complement the festive red, green and white logo, complete with a surfing Santa. Big Frog also was quick to become a sponsor.

An order for 600 shirts was placed with plenty of time to spare before the December 2 event — until a shipping snafu at the UPS Customer Center in Tinton Falls delayed delivery. To spare any further issues, Hahner and Big Frog graphic designer Andy Cavallaro went to the Hope Road facility, picked up the boxes of shirts and delivered them directly to an extremely satisfied customer — the day before the race on December 2.

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Looking for holiday gifts with a personal touch? Just get your Big Frog order in before Tuesday, December 12 and you’ll have it by Christmas.

“Doug and his staff couldn’t have been more helpful,” Cichon said. “It was a little stressful there at the end. But Doug was awesome and went above and beyond. And everyone just loves the shirts.”

While the race is over, the school made sure to order enough shirts to sell them afterward. “With the race and the T-shirt sales, we want to raise as much money as we can to benefit St. Catharine’s athletic programs, Cichon said.

Pleased that everything worked out in the end, Hahner said that building lasting relationships is what it’s all about in the custom printing business. We hope to be able to make many more shirts for St. Catharine’s in the future,” he added.


Get Inspired at Big Frog of Belmar

Located in Belmar Plaza, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More is where customers can design their own custom-logo’d apparel, right there on site with the help of specially trained graphic designers.

Color-splashed displays of all styles of shirts and other items — from aprons and towels to pet and baby items — adorn the space’s apple green walls. Two computer design stations sit at the front of the store, while the high-technology garment decorating system occupies the back of the space, showcased by a floor-to-ceiling rainforest mural.

Big Frog’s cutting-edge technology as the best in the business — direct-to-garment printing that bonds ink to the fabric’s molecules, allowing products to be washed in hot or cold water and with color-safe bleaching without risking damage, cracking or peeling of the image.

And it offers a host of amenities, including no design or set-up fees, no minimum quantities, volume discounts starting at 10 items of any assortment and a 24-hour turnaround time on in-stock merchandise.

Get your Big Frog order in before Tuesday, December 12 and you’ll have it by Christmas.

Big Frog/Belmar located behind the Belmar Beach Haus Brewery on Eighth Avenue and Main Street. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 732-749-7700, email or visit its website at