Career change leads to River’s Edge embroidery

MARION – You may have heard it on the radio for years. Then one career ended and another began. It started quite simply – a machine in his basement. It grew to be what it is today: a full-service commercial site with six employees. It’s River’s Edge embroidery, screen printing and signs. It’s Luann Krebs.

“This business started out as a way for me to stay home and be a mom,” Krebs said. “If you had asked me 22 years ago what I would do today, embroidery and screen printing wouldn’t even have been on my short list!”

Luann (Reed) Krebs grew up in Cardington, graduated from Cardington-Lincoln High School in 1984, then attended Marion Tech and Ohio State in Columbus. She specialized in agricultural education and communications.

“I always wanted to be a professional agriculture teacher,” she recalls. “But then I got a taste of broadcasting and worked in it until my son was born in 1998. I worked at WDIF Radio in Marion, then at Y-105 in Mansfield, at the both as a broadcaster and as a commercial. From there I went to work for Ed Johnson at the Agri Broadcasting Network (ABN Radio and TV) in Columbus. I have done TV segments for AgriCountry, as well as agricultural markets and live remotes for ABN Radio.

Then life took a turn.

“Our family would go to the purebred cattle shows when the kids were growing up,” Krebs said. “This is where I had my first exposure to embroidery. I wanted to do something that would allow me to work from home. So I bought my first embroidery machine, put it in the basement, and started River’s Edge Embroidery.

It was in 1999.

“I’ve known Luann from day one,” said Christine Dickson of Folks Printing. “I receive all of our shirts and jackets for our company from her. She always puts her client first. She is at the top.

Ellen Messenger, director of communications at the Tri-Rivers Career Center, agreed.

“I first met Luann when we worked together at WDIF over 30 years ago,” Messenger said. “She was a rising star back then and over the years she has continued to shine.”

“It’s no surprise to me that she opened her own business,” Messenger continued. “She is a born leader and has excellent business acumen. When you work with Luann, you are working with a friend. She goes out of her way not only to meet your needs, but to exceed your expectations.

“We really appreciate customer service! Krebs replied. “We have the opportunity to do different projects every day, and we all wear a lot of hats at River’s Edge. It’s part of the fun.

“I couldn’t be happier to know where life has taken me,” she noted. “I have met so many great people, made some long time friends who started out as clients and been able to give back to the community that has supported this business for 22 years now!

River’s Edge Embroidery, Screen Printing & Signs is located at 2890 Harding Highway E., Unit C in Marion. For more information call 740-375-8801 or check them out on Facebook.

Aces of Trades is a weekly series focused on people and their jobs, whether it’s unusual jobs, fun jobs, or people taking ordinary jobs and making them extraordinary. If you have a suggestion for a future profile, let us know at news@marionstar.com.


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