Opening a new J-Town screen printing business for inclusivity

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JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. — A new screen printing business is coming to Jeffersontown, and it’s all about inclusivity for people with disabilities. Owners Alyssa and Chris Neighbors developed the passion during the first COVID-19 lockdown.


What do you want to know

  • Alyssa and Chris Neighbors started their screen printing business, Fiendish Threads Screen Printing, in 2019
  • The neighbors honed their passion during the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, buying their first screen printing machine in April 2020
  • Their passion includes an inheritance for two of their disabled children
  • Fiendish Threads is holding its grand opening on July 1, 2022

Screen printing is easier than it looks, especially since Alyssa Neighbors and her husband Chris have been doing it since 2019.

Alyssa and Chris Neighbors smile for a photo in their print shop. (Spectrum News 1/Diamond Palmer)

The neighbors opened the Fiendish Threads screenprint in Jeffersontown in June 2022, just three years after their passion ignited a fire inside them. The couple are still using the very first screen printing machine purchased in April 2019.

“In about an hour you can probably print 200 shirts,” Alyssa Neighbors said.

Les Voisins started their business from scratch with one specific goal: to create a legacy for their children, two of whom live with disabilities. Over 1.2 million people across the Commonwealth live with a range of disabilities depending on the Center for Disease Control. These disabilities can often complicate daily life.

“We started in a garage with no air conditioning. We did it during winter and summer so no heating or air conditioning,” Alyssa Neighbors said.

Alyssa and her husband Chris discovered their passion during the first COVID-19 lockdown when she was made redundant. Soon after, they bought their first screen printing machine from Amazon and they got so good they had no choice but to open a brick and mortar.

Alyssa Neighbors folds finished t-shirts with her two of her four children, both of whom are disabled. (Spectrum News 1/Diamond Palmer)

“When he and I print, it’s just him and me. We put the music very loud and we go. We can do a lot together,” Alyssa Neighbors said.

From heat press to vinyl screen prints, this couple does it all. Not only is it a passion for the Voisins, but they say it’s their duty to create a legacy for their children.

“I don’t want any of them living on government disability checks when they can be here with purpose and in control of their own destiny,” Chris Neighbors said. “It’s not controlled for them by someone telling them how much money they can make.”

After the shirts are done, Ryan Neighbors and his brother Bradley Wines come to help.

“We’re not going to crumple it, we’re not going to crumple it!” A flat hand here and a flat hand here,” said Ryan Neighbors.

Ryan likes to help. She drags finished shirts into a tub on wheels to begin her folding task. Spectrum News 1 reported Ryan’s story last year. The 12-year-old has had more than 49 surgeries because she is battling spina bifida and her younger brother Bradley is blind. Neighbors therefore believe that creating a safe and inclusive space is a priority.

Alyssa Neighbors holds up a finished t-shirt that says ‘Love is Love’. (Spectrum News 1/Diamond Palmer)

“We want them to have their independence and not rely on other people or have to rely on other people,” Chris Neighbors said.

Neighbors say teaching independence at a young age can create a life where their children feel no less than able-bodied people.

Fiendish Threads kicks off its grand opening on July 1 in Jeffersontown at 3751 Ruckriegel Parkway. From 4-7 p.m., you’ll find everything from ribbon cutting and food trucks to bouncing houses and music.

Neighbors will take Ryan to Nashville for another back surgery in July and have created a space where people can help here. To follow Neighbors screenshots, you can follow them on Facebook at Devilish Threads Screen Print.

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