LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — When the COVID-19 pandemic started, many people with their own businesses worried about its impact, including a Lexington man who started a photography business just back in December. Then, by chance, he found a way to keep his business running.
It started when Quentin Starks was just trying to support his family.
“I basically made a sign for my daughter and my cousin just to kind of show them that we appreciate everything they’d done and celebrate them and their achievements,” said Starks.
Making yard signs and banners wasn’t part of his plan when he started his business, Phoenix Photography Kentucky. His focus was taking pictures at sports events. However, those and other school events were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic. Starks then quickly saw the interest in yard signs after he posted the first two on Facebook.
“I’ve sold about 200 signs now,” he said. “I get inboxes and emails all day long for signs. Everybody seems to like them.”
Many of the custom signs are for students and student athletes, but he also makes some for healthcare workers and takes that support one step further.
“I’m actually donating five dollars out of each sign and I do things like buy lunch for nurses and stuff like that. I do raffles on my Facebook page,” said Starks. “That’s the part I enjoy most, making the healthcare signs.”
Starks says he may continue making yard signs and banners even when pandemic restrictions are lifted.