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2 04, 2019

Trixie (And Friends) Have A Brand New Sign

By |April 2nd, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Seems like our resident company squirrel Trixie is growing up more every single day. And with growing up, she has also become quite the demanding and tenacious (yet still completely adorable) individual! We have given in to the fact that we will be pretty much catering to all of her requests for a delicious morsel of nut, seed, fruit, or treat that she can get her tiny—yet efficient—little hands on. This daily (sometimes hourly or more) accommodation of fresh and delicious food has compelled Trixie to come to the main entrance of the company and make her desires known to any and all humans that she can make eye contact with. She does this by peering at us through the main large glass door right in front or through any and all windows that face the parking lot, letting us know that she is patiently waiting for her meal to be hand delivered to her… “anytime now!”

Everyone at SW? knows Trixie and her buddies (and competitor squirrel friends) Trudy, Stumpy, and Bobby, and so no one is surprised at all to see them traipsing around the entrance waiting for a new snack to come their way. But our visitors are sometimes taken aback by what they assume is a wild woodland creature walking right up to them, waiting for the person to share a tasty treat with them pronto. We are used to explaining who Trixie and her chums are, and how they came to be in our Whatter’s World… But we also thought it might be fun to make it a little more apparent to those who were curious about these cuties. SW President and Owner Megan Duckett has a huge soft spot for animals of all kinds, but she has an even bigger one for Trixie and “her crew” especially. (I mean, c’mon, could you resist this endearing sweetheart?)

So she decided it would be fun to create a sign in the front window facing both those entering and those leaving the building, showing everyone that it is completely normal for this cute and charming squirrel to be hanging around so close by. And as you can see by the photo, Trixie even allows a few fortunate individuals to hand feed her…and this sign shows that Trixie and her friends are all actually officially part of the SW Family now, too. So now when people come through our main front door, they are both intrigued and excited to see that this friendly squirrel is formally the head of our welcoming committee. And that she is also usually very happy to accept a small “bribe” from most of these delighted folks, too (in the form of tasty peanuts—always two at a time!).

26 12, 2018

Holiday Cheer, To Help Usher In The New Year

By |December 26th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

As I’m sure you’re aware by now, everyone here at SW? Inc. LOVES to celebrate all of the special occasions, holidays, and—well, days that end in“day”— occurrences of the year with a delicious meal together, and some really strong belly laughs. This past week all of us had an absolute blast at our yearly “White Elephant Gift Exchange” and brunch event here at our warehouse. Consisting of what is ultimately one of the most competitive, debaucherous, and hilarious games you can play with this mischievous group of individuals, everyone (in chronological order) chooses a gift from the ones brought in by all of the employees. Then the next person can either choose a new gift or “steal” the first person’s gift. This continues until everyone has a gift, and each specific present can only be “stolen” three times before it’s finally safe with its official—and thrilled—recipient.

As you can imagine, the adrenaline kicks in as gift after gift get unwrapped,and everyone decides exactly which one they want to have, which ones are still available to grab, and which ones are locked in with their new “owner”. Just when you think you’re safe, someone else comes along and steals your prize, and then the whole game starts again for you. With some truly entertaining and enticing options, this is always one of the most uproarious experiences we have the entire year! This event was made even more enjoyable by following it with a scrumptious brunch buffet—made of a heaping platter of “bionico” (a Whatter’s favorite), delectable Mexican sweet breads, a delicious homemade breakfast casserole (from our very own general manager Lynda Vaughn), and an array of fresh fruit juices to help wash it all down. Then our company head, Megan Duckett, treated the entire staff with custom made backpacks and thermal pouches for the entire staff—with the SW logo emblazoned on them. What a wonderful surprise!

We are so unbelievably lucky to work in an industry that is always captivating,ever-evolving, and filled with some of the most amazingly creative people around. Our clients continue to wow us with their design visions, and we are always humbled when asked to be a (large or small) part of their incredible stage designs. But it is HARD WORK, and getting to let loose from time to time and appreciate one another as friends and colleagues is a great way for our entire team to recharge our collective batteries.Then we can be fully ready to continue dazzling our clients once again with the most stunningly beautiful rental and custom theatrical stage curtains around.

We honestly hope that you and yours have had a fabulous holiday season so far, and a VERY Merry Christmas this week. From our family of misfits to yours, we wanted to wish you a genuinely wonderful, healthy, and happy2019 to come. We would not be able to do it without you!

12 12, 2018

Meet The SW and RW Staff, Part 26–Danny

By |December 12th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our “Meet The SW?/RW? Staff” Blog Series, I want to introduce you to one of the most artistic and proficient employees here at the company—Danny Garcia, the hard-working and remarkable coordinator for our Printing Department. Often working long weekday hours and on nights and weekends, he goes above and beyond to get the printing job done right for our clients, and on-time. Not to mention how exceptionally helpful he is with all of our warehouse departments, and that he is just an all-around nice guy, too. We are so fortunate to have him on our team, and would love for you to take a minute to read a little bit more about this indispensable member of the Whatter’s Family.

When did you first start at Sew What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?

I was hired in October of 2015 as the printed operator, working with the graphics coordinator they currently had on staff. But by 2016, I was moved up to become the Printing Department Coordinator for SW. Basically, I organize and assist with client-provided graphics and artwork and file preparation, color correcting, and the actual digital printing of the soft goods. Then I work with the QC and Inspection Dept. to make sure that all of the printing outcomes are what the sales rep, and the client, had requested.

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

It would have to be Paris, France— the art and photographic history there completely fascinates me, and I would really love to explore the museums and monuments in person someday. (Not to mention the amazing food!)

What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?

I have a background working in one of the relics we don’t see much anymore—a photo lab (with actual dark rooms). However, I have been working as a printer operator/technician for over 17 years, and really seem to have found my wheelhouse! Just previously to working here at SW, I was a printer operator for a company in Glendale that did a great deal of marketing for the Hollywood industry—movies, TV Shows, up-and-coming bands, etc. We also did general types of digital printing, including banners, retail, signs for car lots, etc.

Do you have a special talent?

With my history of working with photographers and photographs, I’ve found that I have a good eye for details— especially with Pantone color matching. It’s a great skill to have with this field in particular!

What is your favorite memory/circumstance/event from being part of the Sew What? family?

I have really enjoyed all the ways that the company promotes social gatherings with one another, and the many special occasions that we like to celebrate together, too. Activities like having a Taco Truck and Ice Cream Truck come by to treat everyone with delicious food over the summer, and the yearly company car wash was also a really surprising and wonderful added bonus for the staff that I had never seen before working here.

What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?

I am a self-proclaimed LA-based sports NUT—I really love watching Dodgers, Angels, Rams, Chargers, Ducks, Galaxy—you name it. If it’s an LA sports team playing, I’m probably watching! Am thrilled that there are so many incredibly teams right here in my hometown. I especially enjoy going to games in person whenever possible.

What are some of your hobbies?

I am a huge fan of all kinds of music—from Jazz to Rock to Country, and everything in between. There’s nothing better than sitting at home relaxing, listening to some great music on a lazy afternoon.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?

Last year we worked on a complex series of digitally printed backdrops and multi-media drapes for Yusuf Islam’s tour that were totally different than anything I had previously worked on before. There were various different pieces of digitally printed drapes (printed on both Crystal Poplin and Heavy Knit), that were then intricately cut and sewn into elaborate shapes and structures based on the client’s provided graphics. By combining in blackout lining and Sharkstooth Scrim (to help provide for some extremely cool lighting effects), these mixed media pieces were some of the most elaborate custom drapery I have ever worked on. Sewing and printing had to be absolutely on point for this genuinely unique design. As a team, we were enormously proud of how truly fantastic they turned out.

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Anything more about your time here at SW?

I really appreciate how “family-oriented” the team here at SW is….everyone is so much more than just an employee. We all care about each other’s welfare and morale, far beyond that of just being “co-workers”. It’s been such an eye-opening experience working for a company like this, and I absolutely love the family-vibe!

3 12, 2018

Another Fabulous SW Thanksgiving–With A Twist

By |December 3rd, 2018|Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Each year the entire RW?/SW? staff looks forward to our company-shared meal together to give thanks for all of the hard work everyone has put in during the extremely busy summer touring season, the hectic fall school productions and trade shows, gearing up for a multitude of winter holiday-themed custom and rental orders, and everything in between. Thanksgiving may have already come and gone, but the warm memories of the remarkably scrumptious food still live on in our hearts (and waistlines!).

For Thanksgiving this year, our company’s generous owners Megan and Adam Duckett decided to delight the entire staff with something a little different–a delicious catered Italian meal (from a nearby local mom-and-pop restaurant) that was absolutely fit for royalty. We had rich and creamy fettucine alfredo, savory and hearty penne marinara, mouthwateringly cheesy chicken parmigiana, crisp and crunchy Caesar and garden salads, and the softest Italian bread you’ve ever tasted to help soak it all up. Sharing this meal and having some lively conversations were a great way to connect with one another in a way that we don’t always have the opportunity to during the work week.

We then topped off this meal in the most amazing way possible—with desserts of ALL KINDS that were brought in by the employees themselves. Everyone relished a combination of homemade fudgy brownies, yummy pumpkin cupcakes and pies, tasty flans and cheesecakes, light and flakey cookies and madeleines, sweet pound cakes in a variety of flavors, and what has definitely become a staff favorite at company occasions like this one—a heaping platter of fresh bionico (made up of a variety of cut up fresh fruit, heavy cream, granola, raisins, and shaved coconut….In two words, it is simply pure bliss).  😉

It’s always nice to take a moment and realize all of the reasons we have to be grateful this year—especially in light of all of the incredible hardships that many of our fellow Southern Californians are experiencing right now. We are very thankful that we get to work in with a fantastic, family-oriented company that spoils us with these delectable treats on all kinds of special occasions. We are tremendously thankful for both our amazing new and long-time-loyal clients who help push us to stay at the very top of the game in this always-evolving industry. And we are truly thankful for one another—working with such a wonderfully talented team of smart, kind, generous, and hard-working individuals is not something that we take for granted, not for one single minute. Having everyone get to sit and enjoy a meal together—including a few beloved employees that no longer work for SW—was a terrific way for us to be able to show sincere appreciation for one another.

19 11, 2018

Halloween Silliness Helped To Recharge Our Creative Batteries

By |November 19th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

With all of the holidays this season already seeming to “fly by” faster than we ever expect, we always try to take a few minutes to celebrate with one another here at Sew What? Inc. This past Halloween was no different…We wanted to have a little fun with the staff who have been working so hard this past touring season, and what better way to do that than with costumes and cake? 😉

When our days are filled with providing our clients with dazzling custom curtain orders, Classic Stardrop LED rentals, dramatic kabuki systems, lots of last minute drapery shipments, and everything in between, it’s never a dull moment around our sewing room and warehouse this time of year.

With members of the Whatters Family dressed to endear, to scare, to reminisce, and to just try and spark a little more of that special holiday spirit, we all came together to enjoy some incredibly decadent Black Forest Cake and pose for some truly goofy photos. A little sugar and carbs before a nighttime of passing out Halloween candy was exactly what the doctor ordered!

It’s great to be able to let loose every now and then, and having some silly moments with co-workers was a great way to recharge and refresh ourselves for the upcoming busy holiday season. Our staff is always so creative when it comes to costumes–and with the addition of some amusing “photo booth props,” we all had so much fun!

Let us help take some of the stress out of your upcoming holiday parties, productions, services, and concerts, and contact us today to help provide some amazing stage drapes for your next big upcoming event!