It’s our nature to thrive.
One of the key aspects of the Port’s mission is to stimulate economic development within the Camas-Washougal area. One way this is accomplished is by providing local businesses a location to grow and thrive. The Port maintains property throughout the area for various industries, which aid in the continued success of the community.
The Port’s industrial park is very diverse and always looking to expand to fit the needs of the community.
Brian Eayrs, owner of the Washougal-based fitness apparel company, Feed Me Fight Me, started the company in 2015 in San Diego, California after his time in the Marine Corps. What was originally being done in his kitchen oven gave way to purchasing a press for $450 off Craigslist and the T-shirt business was born.
The name started with a T-shirt made for a fellow Marine Corps buddy and co-owner John Watkins, who wore it on base. It wasn’t long before the business increased to the point that Eayrs needed help and turned to John, to join him. A partnership began.
“The shirt said ‘Feed Me or Fight Me’ on it. People thought it was funny. MMA fighters could relate to it because it says, ‘fight me.’ Food brands related to it because it says, ‘feed me.’ People related to it for many different reasons.”
It seems highly intuitive that these two skateboarders and jiu-jitsu enthusiasts, as well as United States Marine Corps veterans, would pursue athletic apparel associated with their passion for fitness. According to Eayrs, strong organizational skills and a dedicated work ethic keep them true to who they are.
Feed Me Fight Me designs, produces and sells clothing items such as leggings, swimwear, shorts, sports bras, hats, socks, shirts and baby and toddler wear with food-themed patterns. From their website, www.feedmefightme.com, they sell general fitness apparel but target a lot of CrossFit, powerlifting, mixed martial arts (MMA) and jiu-jitsu athletes.
In less than five years, Feed Me Fight Me has gone from a T-shirt printing side business to a full-fledged fitness apparel company that employs 10 people and is on track to sell more than $2 million worth of product this year.
Many of the Feed Me Fight Me employees are either active or former military personnel. Watkins believes the skills they learned in the military translate well to the business environment.
Feed Me Fight Me also regularly donates proceeds to Northwest Battle Buddies, a Battle Ground-based nonprofit that endeavors to supply post-traumatic stress disorder service dogs to military veterans. Giving back to the community is a “high priority and brings people together”, says Eayrs.
The Port of Camas-Washougal is happy to have these philanthropic mentors as tenants in the Industrial Park and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership!