About Archer Custom Designs
We believe in gifting by the Golden Rule- give unto others that which you want to receive. We started by making products we wanted. It turns out others wanted them too. We want all of our products to be:
- Useful- not just another dust-collector, our products are functional
- Memorable- all of our products include custom engraving or printing, creating a product sure to leave a lasting impression
- Unique- a badge, business logo, Bible verse, or monogram, we'll engrave the design that will create a one-of-a-kind gift.
A native Texan, Rachel graduated from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in 2002. Rachel earned a degree in Biology, and a degree in Crime and Justice Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. After nearly 10 years as a Federal law enforcement officer, Rachel decided to focus on designing and creating wedding and special event décor.
How cancer and a bike ride launched a wedding business
In 2009, my uncle was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I felt powerless and wanted to help. Days before he passed, I told him that I would raise money, in his honor, by completing a 100 mile century bike ride with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program.
I’m not an athlete. After the first day of training for a century ride around scenic Lake Tahoe, I understood that I may have over-estimated by ability to complete the challenge. Within a week of beginning the training program, my uncle succumbed to cancer. Completing the endurance challenge was now a matter of honor, and I had no choice but to power through my weakness.
As part of my commitment to Team in Training, I needed to raise over $4,000. I tried a few fundraisers here and there. I sold some of my homemade peanut brittle and curling iron travel bags, but I soon realized I was nowhere near meeting my fundraising commitment. I opened a shop on Etsy and advertised custom aisle runners for weddings. Within a few weeks, my order volume had sky-rocketed. Each day, I worked my normal 10-hour law enforcement shift. I hurried home to work in a training bike ride, then spent the nights filling wedding orders.
The day of the century ride came, I conquered the 100 mile journey around Lake Tahoe, and I honored the memory of my deceased uncle. I was bitten by the cycling bug and immediately searched for my next adventure. A few months later, I completed a century ride in Texas known as Hott’r N Hell. It lived up to it’s name.
My blooming online wedding business continued to fuel my charity bike rides. In 2013, I completed the 350 mile cycling trip from Arlington, VA to Virginia Beach, VA, along with some of the coolest, most determined injured veterans I've met. A month later, I accompanied them for a 350 mile journey through the battlefields of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. While riding on a leg of the Tour de France was amazing, sharing the journey through the picturesque battlefields with some of America’s injured veterans was a true blessing.
While I am no longer in law enforcement and do not participate in charity bike rides, I continue to support military and law enforcement charities with proceeds from my business. Without the service and sacrifice of our military, and the domestic protection of law enforcement, I would not have the opportunity to call myself an entrepreneur.