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    About Blue Star

    Second generation, woman-owned Michigan company that offers team sports apparel

    Blue Star was founded in 1982 by Dave Bartels, a former collegiate runner (4:11 mile at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan) and high school coach (Case High School, Racine, Wisconsin). His wife, Anna, joined the business in 1987.

    On June 1, 2023 Anna and Dave “pass the baton” of ownership and management to their eldest daughter, Justine Burdette. Justine shares the love of running with her dad and continues to train on her own. She brings a 20 year career in leadership, business, and strategic vision experience to Blue Star.

    Blue Star has been an innovator over the years. We brought to market American-made custom warm ups in the 80s, our own line up of uniforms in the 90s, and were the first to market sublimated uniforms to high school teams in 2000 (before the current wave/craze!). The line up continues to evolve (stock warm-ups, stock and custom uniforms, tents, track equipment, timing devices, specialized hoodies and spiritwear); but one thing is still the same: the highest level of customer service and care.


    How can I check the status of my order?

    Please send an email to with the subject line “Status Update request; Quote or Job#” and list the quote or job number for your order.

    Is there a minimum order requirement?

    Yes. 12 garments is Blue Star’s minimum order quantity. These do not have to be all the same item, it can be a mix of items.

    I live in Michigan. Can I pick up my order?

    At this time we are not permitting personal pick of your order.

    Can I make changes to my order?
    You may be able to change your order depending on where it is in the production schedule. There also may be an additional cost.
    Can I cancel my order?
    Orders may be canceled, however since each order is completely custom the refund if any will depend on where your order is in the production process.
    What is your refund policy?
    Since every product we make is completely custom, we do not issue refunds.
    What forms of payment do you accept?
    We accept P.O.s from accredited organizations, Checks, Credit cards, and ACH.
    How long will it take to receive my order?
    We take pride in our turnaround time. We are currently running at a standard turnaround of 30 business days from the day your order is paid for and/or the art is approved. Rush production orders are subject to additional charges which will vary based on order complexity, logistics, and other factors that may be outside of our control. Business days do not include weekends or federal holidays.
    Is there a minimum quantity requirement for re-orders?
    A minimum of 12 is required for any RE-ORDER.

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