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Our Team

The Side Garage started through simple conversation, dreaming big and scaling back along the way. Founded and run by Ashleigh and Elena Leon - The Side Garage is powered by the community of creative and forward-moving people that surround them. Oh, and Pete + Thulee - let’s get real, the HR department keeps everyone sane.

Photo: Tyler Way with  Has Heart

Photo: Tyler Way with Has Heart

Ashleigh Leon

Co-owner + Creative Director

Originally from Texas, Ashleigh is an Iowa captive who lost her southern twang, but not her desire to create something that inspires others to pursue their dreams. With a background in design and screen-printing, Ashleigh is the creative workhorse for The Side Garage.

Photo: Taken on our trip out  West

Photo: Taken on our trip out West

Elena Leon

Co-owner + Problem Solver

An Iowa and West Des Moines native, Elena is the reason The Side Garage goes off without a hitch. Her problem solving and idea creating skills are unmatched. Not to mention, she prints like a seasoned pro even though she's only been at it for a short time.  



HR Director

Pete has been at this screen printing thing for most of his young adult life. He embraces the moments when he's asked to model (as long as a treat is in hand) and never turns down a good belly rub when you walk by. 



HR Assistant Director

And while Pete may look like he's the one that lays down the law, Thulee is the one keeping everyone in line. When she's not assuming the position of work patrol, you can find her working on her stick collection or practicing her sneak attack (which isn't very sneaky).


Lane Martin

Partnering Artist

Lane is not only a creative but also a believer, husband, and all around lover of food (especially donuts). He grew up in the Midwest, more specifically splitting his time in Iowa + Kansas. He is versed in concept development, Branding + Identity and is quickly sharpening up is illustration skills.


Let’s Connect.

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Whether you have a project or event in mind, just wanna grab beer/coffee or want to talk shop with another creative — drop us a note below and we'll get something scheduled.

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Visit our store!

Retail Hours:

  • Tuesday: 11am - 6pm

  • Wednesday: 11am - 6pm

  • Thursday: 11am - 6pm

  • Friday: 11am - 6pm

*Design and Project meetings are by appointment only.