Small-town values and big-city dreams…

these are a few of our favorite things.

We're A Creative Agency Located
In The Heart Of New York City

Derrick Mitchell

Owner / Creative Director / Web Developer

Derrick has spent his entire career in the creative arts and marketing sector. Starting back as early as high school where he turned homework into paying gigs, his love for all things art and technology driven has continued to grow. Working with brands such as MTV, Nintendo, and Netflix while employed as an intern for Seven 2 Interactive catapulted his career. His branding work and graphic design has been included in international publications for the design industry and regularly featured on trending websites.

His most current accomplishments have been more focused within the gun industry as the exclusive designer for NEMO Arms. Under the direction of Clint Walker, Derrick has created an elite, multimillion-dollar brand from scratch that has caused serious disruption within the gun industry. For NEMO, Derrick was responsible to create everything from logos, ad campaigns and marketing materials to trade show displays, videos and even the complete website on both the static side and the eCommerce platform.

Derrick is currently the owner of a small design agency, Mitchell’s Garage | Creative Media Chop Shop, located in the heart of downtown Kalispell, Montana, where the focus is on helping businesses put their best foot forward with custom graphic design, web development, content writing, and consulting. Mitchell’s Garage has been successful in reaching and working with clients all over the world, including Washington D.C., New York, California, Calgary, Austria, Australia, Washington, Colorado, and of course, throughout Montana.

Jennah Mitchell

Project Manager / Content Writer / Full-Time Momma

Jennah has worked as a writer and project manager for close to a decade. In 2010 she first dabbled in telecommuting by starting a freelance company on the popular job board website elance.com. Her business quickly grew, and in a little over a year she was employing over 5 other freelancers to help complete all of the projects in queue.

Jennah is currently our project manager and she helps businesses find success with both print and online marketing efforts. It’s because of Jennah’s amazing talents and key contributions that Mitchell’s Garage has been successful in reaching and working with clients all over the world, including Washington D.C., New York, California, Calgary, Austria, Australia, Washington, Colorado, and of course, throughout Montana.

Grandpa David Mitchell | 1938 – 2010

Grandpa David was an incredible man, and the inspiration behind naming our agency after the original Mitchell’s Garage- which is still standing today in Steptoe, Washington.

One day, while working around the house, Derrick found an old saw that Grandpa David had given him. On the silver metal case was riveted a familiar metal tag that grandpa used to put on things that the shop manufactured. It said, “Manufactured by Mitchell’s Garage.”

As soon as Derrick saw that tag, something sparked inside of him and he knew we had to rename our agency in honor and loving memory of Grandpa David. After a quick phone call to Derrick’s Grandma to see what she thought, a new domain name was purchased and we set off with a new vigor and restored vision for our agency.

Mitchell’s Garage | Creative Media Chop Shop is a boutique web development and branding company that specializes in creating one-of-a-kind solutions for businesses large and small. We are excited about cultivating lasting working relationships and helping our clients achieve success within their industry.

The following is Grandpa David’s obituary, in loving memory.

72, life long Steptoe mechanic, died at his Steptoe home on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 30th at 10:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Colfax. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery, Steptoe. Viewing will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-5 at Bruning Funeral Home.

David was born March 18, 1938 in Colfax to C.S. “Dell” and Edith Mae (Bartlett) Mitchell. He grew up in Steptoe and was a member of the last full graduating class at Steptoe High School in 1956 before the school closed. David attended Washington State College in Pullman for a time before changing to Eastern Washington and completing a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts.

He married Mary Ann Sommerfeld of Colfax November 18, 1961. They lived in Seattle for a couple of years where each worked for the Boeing Co. Once they started their family, however, they decided to move back to Steptoe and David took over the family business. “Mitchell’s Garage” has been a fixture in Whitman County for nearly ninety-years. David and his dad specialized in customer service – day or night – with the wrecker service and repair. Local farmers could always count on them. David later went to radiator school and the shop began to specialize in radiator repair.

Through the years, David kept busy with several other hobbies and interests. In 1998 he retired as Lt. Col. with more than 27 years in the Washington Air National Guard. He served well over 50 years as a member of the Steptoe Volunteer Fire Dept and had served as Assistant Chief and as Fire Chief and at the time of his death was serving as a Fire Commissioner for Whitman County Fire District 11. David volunteered many hours over the years cooking hamburgers at the fireman’s fair booth where his familiar smile was known to many.

He was honored with a parade by the Steptoe Community at one of their celebrations. His “shop” has been his hobby and over the years he has kept busy with a number of projects from creating home and garden artwork made from old radiator and automotive parts to cutting figurines out of wood and hand-painting them. He could fix anything and make it run.

David was active in the Colfax Elks and had served as its Exalted Ruler not once, but twice. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially liked fishing, hunting and camping. He and Mary Ann would often travel to the Pendleton Round-up in their motor home and had made many friends there over the years. They enjoyed watching their grandchildren’s various activities and were always proud supporters of all of them.

David wasn’t one to sit idle and even after selling his radiator business in 2007 he kept busy with numerous projects.

He will be missed by his wife of nearly 50 years; Mary Ann, at their Steptoe home; his daughter, Dr. Christine Mitchell of Pendleton, OR; and son Cary Mitchell and his wife Valarie of Spokane; his four grandchildren, Derrick and wife Jennah, Brittney, Crystal and Taylor and his three great-grandchildren, Jaylin, Audrey, and Evelyn, and his sister Joan and her husband Sam Durante of Spokane as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.