Well, this year has certainly been a long, strange trip!
2020 has brought changes to the way we do business in order to keep the business going.
Since 2016, I've been offering quality etched drinkware. Like many small businesses, it all started in the garage. I sandblasted each piece by hand in a small cabinet. It was a slow and tedious process at first, but the joy it gave others kept me going. It didn't take long to realize that people were excited about what I could offer. Because of the demand, we had to make the leap and move into laser etching the glassware to keep up with the demand.
I suddenly found myself too busy to hold down a full time job, grow our small business and spend time with my family. So I took the frightening leap and left my day job of 17 years to pursue my passion for making gifts.
Finding more space
The one car garage worked for a little while, but limited me to offer only four types of glassware. People were asking for more. This lead me to search for a larger space in my hometown of Glens Falls. Staying in Glens Falls was important.
The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls
After attending a Holiday Open House event at The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, we found a home. A converted factory building, The Shirt Factory is an inspiring collection of studios filled with other makers and artists. It's also in our hometown not far from where we live. We found a great space to offer a small showroom and a place to make our products.
In late 2020, we expanding to the space next to us so that we can offer even more and have more space for shipping operations.