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Initial Encounter provides personalized service, offering custom embroidery, monogramming, custom t-shirts, sports apparel/accessories, wedding gifts and baby items all performed on-site in our own shop. Whether it's a single item or outfitting your business with your company logo, we handle the job quickly and expertly, with the quality and professionalism that only comes from years of experience in the field. Having served the community for over 28 years we constantly try to adapt and expand our product line to accomodate new trends, while still maintaining the highest level of quality.  We specialize  in computerized embroidery and monogramming of merchandise. Initial Encounter also offers heat sealing - an alternative to silk screening - with repeat orders that do not require another set-up charge. Our newest addition is Dye-Sublimation which allows us to offer even more gift items, promotional items and personalized products.

Store Hours

Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only


**Closed Sunday & Monday

Meet #TeamInitial



Favorite Item: Memory Blankets


Dave Melfi

Director of Sales

Favorite Item: Mugs/Water Bottles


Marissa Kronenfeld

Designer/Marketing Director

Favorite Item: Silk Wedding Robes

Our Story

Initial Encounter Embroidery was founded in 1990 by Donna Cetani, and later acquired by Marlene Melfi. We are proudly a family owned and operated business with a passion for embroidery and design with attention to detail. Our highly trained staff strive to give each customer a pleasant experience and deliver a superior custom product!

Team Initial


Team Initial







-Garden Flags


Customized Gifts 

-Wedding Gifts

-Baby Gifts

 -Robes & Towels

-Scarves & Blankets

-  Coasters 

- Dog Accessories

-Serving Trays & Wine Holders -Travel Accessories

 -Signs (Wood/Metal/Slate)

Corporate Apparel & Accessories

- Apparel

-Promotional Items


-Bags & Backpacks

-Business Card Holders

-Hats, Scarves & Ties 

143 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pequannock Township, NJ 07440, USA

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143 Newark Pompton Tpk.,

Pequannock, NJ 07440


Open Tuesday,Wednesday, Friday  10am to 5pm

Thursday 10am to 6pm

Saturday 9am to 12:30pm

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