Pro-Start Competition for High Schools: Sharper Uniforms donated embroidered chef coats for this local culinary competition!

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Specializing in custom uniforms, Shaper Uniforms is a leader in premium decoration services and uniforms. With high-quality embroidery, screen printing and heat seal services, their uniforms can be customized with any details. Offering a wide variety of styles and sizes, Sharper Uniforms provides moisture wicking, wrinkle-resistant, UV-protected uniform options. They used their custom expertise in order to provide embroidered chef coats for one of America’s largest high school culinary competitions, Pro-Start. This competition focuses on restaurant management and culinary arts.

The Pro-Start competition, along with Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (MRAEF), helps students receive leadership and scholarship opportunities. Each year, MRAEF sponsors this management and culinary competition for schools to compete. Judges who are industry professionals volunteer to make the competition more educational and meaningful for the participants.

During this competition, participants are given a fake location, which the competition will be based on. Their teams must develop a proposal to launch a new restaurant concept. They must define this concept, create a menu that fits it and develop a marketing plan to support its launch. They must prepare a written proposal, presentation and visual display for their launch. For the culinary competition, students must show their knife skills and poultry fabrication. They have 60 minutes to create an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and provide recipes, recipe cost and menu pricing.

A variety of college and universities nationwide are on-hand to offer scholarships to the top teams from this competition. The winning teams are given the opportunity to compete nationally at the National ProStart Student Invitational to win even more scholarship money. With the help of sponsors such as Sharper Uniforms, participants can participate in a real-life culinary experience.

Averill’s Sharper Uniforms White Glove Logo Decoration Services

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Have you always wanted to get your employees’ shirts customized with your company’s logo? Or are you a new company just starting out and hoping to look professional from the get-go? Wherever your company is in its lifespan, it’s never too early (or too late!) to add a sleek, professional look to your uniforms with custom embroidery and logo services. Here at Sharper Uniforms, we offer White Glove Logo Decoration Services that help you to add your company’s logo to any shirt, jacket, apron or other piece of a uniform. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should invest in White Glove Logo Decoration Services.

  • Our White Glove Logo Decoration Services include embroidery, screen printing and heat seal transfers, so you can create exactly the type of logo style that you prefer.
  • If you already have a set of uniforms that you really like and don’t want to spend money on entirely new uniforms, that’s okay! At Sharper Uniforms, we can rebrand your existing uniforms to include your company’s logo.
  • If you’re a new company (or you’d simply like to upgrade your employees’ uniforms), we also offer a very extensive selection of all types of uniforms to choose from. We can add your logo to anything from restaurant shirts for waiters to aprons for your chefs, as well as the uniforms for all of your other front-of-house and back-of-house staff members.
  • Sharper Uniforms can help you cut down on costs and save money on custom logo creation in a variety of ways. If you already own your own uniforms, we’ll be happy to embroider or screen print your logo on those garments. If you’re making an investment into an entirely new set of uniforms, we can work with you to create a design that works for your budget and give you a quote before you even place your order.
  • We make things fun for your employees and help to foster a sense of community in the workplace. When you give them hats, shirts and other garments with your company’s logo on them, your employees will feel like part of the team.

 

Ladies Love Open Neck ¾ Sleeve Blouses for Summer

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This summer, as the temperature heats up but your employees continue to work just as hard, they’ll need a change in uniform to keep up with the changing temperatures. You want your female employees to look just as smart and professional as they do in their long-sleeve button-down shirts and other cold-weather attire, so what’s the solution? Well, here at Sharper Uniforms we find that ladies love open neck three-quarter (3/4) sleeve blouses! Here’s why.

They’re cooler than other shirts.

Because these modern tops feature sleeves that hit just below the elbow rather than at the wrist, they’ll allow air to circulate and keep her forearms bare. They also feature open necks with button-down or crossover fronts that are a bit less constrictive than the usual button-down, collared blouse, but look just as professional. If you’re worried about your employees getting overheated while working outdoors or in a hot restaurant during hotter months, these are a great alternative.

They’re stylish.  

While our ¾ sleeve shirts look professional as part of a uniform, ladies also love them because they’re stylish and modern. These shirts have much of the same style as shirts that women wear in their own wardrobes, which makes them feel more confident and comfortable at work.

They come in a number of colors and styles.

If you’re looking to mix things up at your business for the changing seasons but don’t want to change the signature look of your uniforms, you’ll be happy to know that these ¾ sleeve shirts from Sharper Uniforms are completely customizable in your choice of colors, materials and styles. At Sharper Uniforms, we’ve committed to helping you find the best uniforms for your employees that also fit your needs as a business. Whether you prefer something in a crisp, sharp white, a bold red or a summer-inspired shade of teal, or have a set style in mind that you don’t want to give up, you’re sure to find the perfect solution in our selection of ¾ sleeve shirts for women.

Time for Summer Parties, what better way than with Camp Shirts?

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Summer calls for fun. And nothing means fun quite like a bright Hawaiian shirt.

As summer approaches, people think about getaways, vacations and new experiences. They want to explore. They want adventure. They want to seek out wonderful surprises, hidden secrets and to create heartwarming memories. Your restaurant can be part of their journey.

Your waitstaff can share in that summer fun with our Tropical Hibiscus Camp Shirts.

Available in a variety of colors, these vivid Hawaiian shirts bring out lively personalities and brilliant smiles. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when employees are surrounded by such cheery patterns.

Each pattern features the hibiscus flower, the state flower of Hawaii. The unique shapes of its petals and stamen are instantly recognized symbols of tropical treasures. Cultures around the world cherish the flower’s beauty, making it the perfect symbol for the new experiences your customers will share at your tables.

These fun Hawaiian shirts are also filled with function, to help employees get work done:

  • The color combinations are perfectly toned to make logo embroidery stand out for a professional look.
  • Each shirt has a full cut chest pocket on the left, and side vents at the hem, so if the summer brings too much heat, your staff will still feel a cool breeze.
  • Each shirt is cut in a unisex, camp style with a notched collar — just like a classic Hawaiian shirt, saving you the stress of ordering shirts across genders as well as sizes.
  • The plackets feature natural buttons, and each shirt is stitched with a straight back yoke seam and two shoulder pleats, giving each shirt a professional finish over a standard Hawaiian
  • Fabric: 100% Polyester, 3.5/3/75 oz.

For more than 16 years, Averill’s Sharper Uniforms has offered the highest-quality wardrobe for restaurant and service employees. We know how important it is for uniforms to be comfortable, functional and durable — even when that uniform is a simple Hawaiian shirt.

No matter where your restaurant is, these shirts will help turn your restaurant into a tropical paradise filled with summer fun, and help you make the most out of your customers’ adventures.

New Spring products from Down Under!

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Restaurant-owners know how to spot trends in taste.

Successful restauranteurs are experts at sifting through fluff-filled flavor forecasts to find the most intriguing ingredients and creative combinations. The menus are never permanent — always evolving, they represent a mix of classic staples with exciting infusions, perfectly curated by an expert chef.

If food is so influenced by the latest trends, clothing is doubly so. Styles constantly evolve, especially in women’s fashion, where new looks and designs show up in stores almost monthly.

Front of house workers put their energy into helping customers enjoy a fantastic meal. They know that their style is an important part of how they interact with customers. Like the chef knows how to best present a new entree, workers know what styles work best for their body types and activity levels.

Averill’s Sharper Uniforms has more than 16 years of experience helping hospitality workers look their best. As an active participant in the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and an affiliate member of the Club Manager’s Association of America, we know how important it is for uniforms to look like anything but uniforms.

We work hard to offer premium, high-quality clothing for the hospitality industry. That’s why we’re excited to offer these spring fashions from Down Under. Australian fashion is creating a worldwide buzz with its use of unique cuts, fine linens and breezy fits. These looks will thrill your workers and fit naturally with a wide variety of dining experiences.

Our new line from Australia offers fresh, new looks that mix professionality with style. Made with high-quality fabrics in a mix of colors, these options let employees express themselves and put their best image forward. This line includes a number of options:

  • A 3/4-sleeve pinstripe, buttoned blouse.
  • A satin tie nightclub blouse with capped sleeves.
  • A gathered top perfect for cocktail servers.
  • A men’s pinstripe tailored for waitstaff.
  • A yarn-dyed stretch blouse with a ruffle pleat.
  • A 3/4-sleeve satin blouse for hostesses.

We know that every employee in a restaurant is invested in its success. Our new line of styles fresh from Australia will give employees attractive, professional looks that help them be their best selves and help your restaurant reach new heights of style and professionalism.

What’s Cookin’? It’s Time to Refresh Your Kitchen Uniforms, Chef Jackets, Pants, Hats and Aprons!

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With all the oil, grease and dirty dishes that a restaurant kitchen sees every day, it’s no wonder that staff uniforms can start to look drab quickly. If you’re ready to give your kitchen employees a fresh, clean look that will last, check out the great selection of chef jackets, pants, hats and aprons at Sharper Uniforms. We have the stylish uniforms you’ve been searching for to outfit both your back and front of house staff.

Back of House Uniforms

Let’s start with the kitchen staff. These employees work so hard to dish up delicious eats for your customers, so it’s only fitting that they have a uniform that allows them to do the job comfortable. Sharper Uniforms offers a great selection of chef’s hats, aprons, pants and jackets that protect them from kitchen messes while still providing a polished and professional look. The materials are made to clean up easily and have a lightweight feel, which is a must-have in a hot, busy kitchen.

Front of House Uniforms

What about your front of house staff members who spend time both in and out of the kitchen? Wait staff aprons, blouses, button-down shirts and more are all available at Sharper Uniforms. Like the kitchen staff uniforms, these pieces are made to be easy to wash at home and lightweight enough that servers don’t feel too hot when buzzing about the restaurant.

Cool Customizations

Creating a recognizable and stylish brand is essential for any restaurant. You can create a more cohesive and professional look in your establishment by customizing your waitstaff and kitchen uniforms with your restaurant name or logo. Choose from screen-printing, embroidery or heat seal transfers to create customized uniforms for restaurant staff members.

If you’re ready to revamp the look your staff members are wearing, be sure to check out this great selection of server and kitchen uniforms from Sharper Uniforms. Our staff clothing is made to hold up well for years to come.

Polomania: Summer is Coming Soon, So Break Out the Polo Shirts!

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Summer means sunny days, warm weather and, for many businesses, an influx of customers. With all that activity going on, your employees might work up a sweat in their traditional uniforms. For something a little lighter and more comfortable for the summer weather, outfit your staff in stylish polo shirts from Sharper Uniforms.

A Sleek Summer Look

While you might prefer a long-sleeved shirt or button-down shirt for the rest of the year, those uniform choices can look a bit stuffy comes summer. A polo shirt keeps your employees looking style-appropriate for the season while also helping them stay comfortable. The short sleeves and lightweight fabrics ensure that staff members can stay busy throughout their shift without working up a sweat.

Customizable Fashions

When you order uniform polo shirts from Sharper Uniforms, you’ll get plenty of options for customizing the look. Consider adding your logo to the front or back with screen-printing or embroidery services. In addition, you’ll have a variety of colors from which to choose, and polos are available in 100 percent cotton, poly cotton blends and 100 percent polyester moisture-management fabric.

Look Great in Any Job

One of the best things about uniform polo shirts from Sharper Uniforms is that they can be worn in such a wide variety of industries and careers. From food service to hospitality, recreation to relaxation, there’s no limit to the different types of jobs where employees will look sharp and feel comfortable in a polo despite the summer heat.

Browse the selection of men’s and ladies’ polo shirts available at Sharper Uniforms to find a perfect fit for your staff this summer. Free shipping is available on qualifying orders.

Cocktail and Night Club Attire

Blog - 3.30.17Setting the right tone and atmosphere is the most important step in creating a successful bar or nightclub. An essential part of the atmosphere is the uniforms you choose for your cocktail waitresses. The ideal cocktail waitress uniform is attractive, feminine and functional. Your waitresses should look good and feel comfortable in order to provide the best service to your customers.

Upscale nightclubs demand a higher standard and the ladies’ blouses and cocktail blouses from Sharper Uniforms reflect this. Keep your waitresses looking polished and professional in long-sleeved blouses, T-shirts or sleeveless blouses. Each option is available in a wide range of beautiful colors and styles. Details and embellishments such as cap sleeves, ruched midsections, pleating and zippers make every cocktail blouse lovely and unique.

Types of Cocktail Blouses

  • Fitted button down blouses are a classic favorite and come in cotton or satin fabrics and long- and short-sleeved varieties. This classic style keeps your waitresses looking very professional and is great for higher-end establishments.
  • Stretch blouses and T-shirts with a variety of sleeve lengths work well with a more casual atmosphere, but don’t think that casual means low-quality. These lovely and durable ladies’ blouses will give your waitresses a beautiful silhouette while keeping them comfortable.
  • Sleeveless blouses allow your waitresses to show a little bit more skin and stay cool while maintaining a classy and well put together look. The sleeveless blouses available from Sharper Uniforms are ideal for nightclubs as they feature details that closely resemble nightclub attire.

No matter which type of ladies’ cocktail blouse you choose for your cocktail waitresses, the most important thing to remember is consistency. Keep your ladies dressed in similar colors and styles to make them easy for customers to pick out in a crowded club. Order your blouses from Sharper Uniforms to get stylish and flattering fits that make a great addition to your bar or nightclub’s atmosphere.

How to Best Wash and Care for Your Hospitality Garments

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Now that you’ve ordered your brand new uniform from Sharper Uniforms, you’ll want to know how to properly care for it. Giving your uniforms (and all of your clothing, for that matter) the proper care will not only keep them looking bright and fresh for every wear, it will give them a much longer life. So, take a moment to review the proper care of your new uniform to keep yourself looking clean and professional while extending the life of your new purchase.

As a general rule, follow the washing instructions included on the label sewn into the seam of the uniform. Reduce wear and tear from the washing machine by turning your garments inside out before washing them. Always use a cold water washing cycle and wash each garment with clothing of like colors to avoid color bleeding. Use bleach only on white garments and pretreat organic stains on colored garments with Oxy Clean.

The most important step in lengthening the life of your new uniform is always to remember to tumble dry your garments on low heat. High heat from the dryer damages and breaks down clothing, making it wear down and fade much faster. Promptly remove clothing from the dryer after the drying cycle and hang them to avoid unnecessary wrinkles. Most garments from Sharper Uniforms are made with easy care fabrics that don’t require ironing. In the event that you do need to iron your uniform, only use low heat and make sure to turn the garment inside out before ironing to avoid leaving marks and exposing it to unnecessary heat.

If you follow these simple steps to keep your new uniform clean, dry and fresh, you will have a garment that lasts a very long time. By taking a little extra care, you’ll eliminate the need to continuously buy new clothing to replace items that have been ruined by excessive heat and poor care.

Get the Front of the House Staff Ready with New Aprons!

 

 

Aprons are the unsung heroes of the restaurant world, especially for your front of the house staff. Not only does a good apron protect a server’s clothing from food stains, it also provides the perfect accommodations for a notepad, pen and other essentials. A good apron will do double duty by keeping your servers and other front of house staff organized while also making them easily identifiable to customers. Get your front of the house staff ready with new aprons from Averill’s Sharper Uniforms.SU blog - 2.28.17

Aprons come in many shapes and styles. For servers, waist and bistro aprons are the most popular choices. Waist aprons are a best-selling style and can be found in all types of restaurants. Commonly worn by servers, waist aprons can be purchased with any number of pockets, divisions, pen holders and other built-in organizational tools. The lightweight aprons tie around the waist and are considered some of the easiest to move in. For those that need a little more coverage, a bistro apron is a great choice. Like their shorter counterparts, bistro aprons tie at the waist, but extend well beyond the knee for added protection.

For those that have additional duties beyond serving, like drink preparation or plating, a bib style apron is the way to go. These types of aprons offer full-body protection from the neck to mid-leg and come in a variety of styles both with and without pockets. Bib aprons have a strap that goes around the neck and one that goes behind the back to keep the cover in place. While bib aprons are designed to protect the staff member, they also have a very traditional look that can still be identified as a server. They’re most often worn by front of house staff that work behind a counter.

When ordering new aprons for your front of house staff, consider each person’s role and what type of apron would be best for them. At Averill’s Sharper Uniforms we carry a wide selection of styles, colors and features to choose from, so you’ll always find the perfect aprons for your front of house staff. Browse our incredible selection today to find the looks you love or to discover something new.