BINGHAMTON, N.Y. –-It started off as a vision for two Binghamton University grads.
Back in 2012, Casey Coolbaugh and Chauna D'Angelo started a small screen-printing company on Alice Street in Binghamton known as Muckles Ink.
They would eventually go onto produce a line of Binghamton-themed t-shirts that later took-off.
"We didn’t really know what Muckles Ink would turn into, we just knew we had fun doing it, building a system, providing a service for people,” said Casey Coolbaugh, Muckles Co-Founder.
Nearly seven years later, Muckles would expand from a small warehouse to a prime spot downtown. Their brand new storefront features three floods and brings new life to the old Family Dollar.
It's a move that can only be described in two words.
"Very amazing. It's a wonderful feeling. It's been a lot of hard work and a lot of learning over the past seven years, but it feels like things are right where they ought to be," said Chauna D'Angelo, Muckles Co-Founder.
Throughout the past couple of years, a younger generation has begun to open a number of new businesses in the heart of downtown Binghamton.
The founders of Muckles believe that will only continue throughout the next couple of years.
"This is just the next chapter for Binghamton. There's certainly revitalization going on downtown and we're kind of right in the middle of it at this location,” said Coolbaugh.
"We're definitely part of a larger story, which is the revitalization of downtown and downtown rediscovering itself and redefining itself," said D'Angelo.
Coolbaugh and D'Angelo are now hoping to show fellow students that their dreams are also possible.
"It can happen. You just have to work hard and meet the right people and just do the right thing," said Coolbaugh.
Muckles recently partnered with Binghamton University to offer a line of bearcat clothing.
They join Dapper Rascal Studio and Dos Rios Cantina as the latest businesses to move downtown.
Muckles is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..