We had a wonderful 38th anniversary celebration a few weekends ago. Thanks to all our friends who were able to join us, new and old. Who would have thought that this many years later, two of our kids would be a major part of our longevity. I found a copy of a flyer that we had them take from house to house and hang on doorknobs in the neighborhood when we first opened. I asked them if they remembered that, and they said, “Are you kidding? It was kind of like…Do you want to eat, or not!” We wouldn’t be able to serve customers world-wide if it weren’t for them and all the other wonderful co-workers we have now, and those who helped us grow over the years.
Nancy Hansen brought in a project that I taught in my very first needlepoint class. (Yes, I did handwork back in those days.) This was from fall of 1974. We were mere children back then!
Chris Sikorski not only had the oldest “Erica’s” receipt in our contest some time ago, but she was one of our first customers, and the shipping company she worked for delivered our very first shipment! And she’s been with us ever since. She got started with counted cross stitch when it first came to the US and we had classes in that, too.
Nancy Koski has worked with us longer than any other employee. Twenty nine years! We grew up together, didn’t we, Nancy? (She’s the quilting teacher that Jennifer talked about in our last post.) I knew she was no longer intimidated by me when she first called me “Toots!” She’s been a great friend, too.
Linda Ullery was a customer who came to work with us a few years after Nancy. I think I met her first in one of my basket weaving classes, and we’ve seen her kids and grand-kids grow up.
Darleen Davis started just a few years after Linda, when my mother stopped checking in merchandise and we needed someone to take that position. Remember when that was a one person job in the back of the classroom, Darleen? Now she has a whole big room and lots of people working with her. Our 17 year old fur-child was a brother of two of hers.
Our business has grown from just a friend who volunteered some time to help and me, and keeping track of inventory with index cards in shoe boxes to over thirty people, many with computers to work with. And, still amazing to me, customers from all over the world!!
Dick and I want to thank all of you for your part in keeping us going and making us a “favorite” on your computers.
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