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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!

29 10, 2018

Meet the Staff–UPDATES! Andrea Garcia

By |October 29th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our Meet The Staff—UPDATES! Blog series is one of the most earnest, hardest working employees that this company has ever had, Andrea Garcia (formerly Andrea Fraser). She has worn numerous hats here at SW?, and we are so pleased to have had her recently “change hats” yet again into a role that she seemed truly destined for. Please take a moment and read a little bit about this extraordinary member of the Whatter’s family, Andrea!

What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties/job descriptions changed since working here?

I was originally hired back in July of 2015 as a receptionist. As time went on my duties grew and I dabbled a little in purchasing and accounting, but where I really found a passion was for sales. I was given a very generous opportunity to join the sales staff in July of 2018…. and I have to be honest, I couldn’t be happier! I’m thoroughly enjoying this new position and couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity to grow within this company and learn from everyone here.

What are some favorite memories/circumstances/events from being part of the Sew What? family?

I sincerely enjoy any function that we have here at Sew What?, Inc that involves getting the entire staff together to have a good time (and of course the delicious treats that often accompany such a gathering). 😉

My favorite recent memory is when we held a “White Elephant Gift Exchange” for Christmas last year. The silly presents everyone brought were often hysterical and cheeky, and it was just so much fun watching everyone practically “become kids again” for the holidays.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging? What did you learn from it?

As a new member of the sales team I am learning a lot every single day. It’s been quite the adventure so far!

All of the office staff was recently given the incredible opportunity to work hands on with the warehouse staff. We were able to assist with measuring and cutting fabric, pinning drapery, and even QC-ing (in quality control) the drapes before they left our building. Undeniably, it was a crucial learning experience for all of us—especially for me as a beginner in this industry, but also for all of my considerably-experienced colleagues as well. Getting completely hands on with custom projects from start to finish was an invaluable and essential way for me to be able to better help and answer questions for my customers on a daily basis, and it was a fantastic experience getting to work with our tremendously talented warehouse staff, too!

17 10, 2018

Meet the Staff–UPDATES! Shane Nelsen

By |October 17th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our Meet The Staff–UPDATES! Blog series is sales rep extraordinaire, Shane Nelsen. Being the sales staff member who’s been a “Whatter” the longest, he has practically seen it all, done it all, and made it all. But that doesn’t stop him from still having a blast, and learning from all of his innovative clients’ unique drapery requests. Take a moment to read a little bit more about our very own “design force of nature”, Shane!

What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties/job descriptions changed since working here? (even if your job title hasn’t changed) Please explain…

I was hired back in 2006 as a Sales Staff person, and I still remain in that position to this day. And as of the past few years, I can also assist my clients with requests of our rental inventory, too. However, due to my decades of work in the decorating/design/theater industry, and now with my many years here at SW? Inc., I am referred to as “Senior Sales Representative”. I enjoy offering my clients AND training colleagues assistance with questions that they might have regarding custom drapery options, various fabrics and substrates, and overall design concepts.

What are some favorite memories/circumstances/events from being part of the Sew What? family?

Although I truly enjoy our potlucks and special events here on-site, I always especially enjoy our SW outings OUTSIDE the office, too. Years ago a bunch of us went to see Billy Idol live in concert in Palm Springs, and we had such a blast. I also had a lot of fun going to a local concert with some of my co-workers here to see Aerosmith, too. Both shows had our drapes being showcased on-stage, which was exciting to see live and in person…But more than that it was really great getting to socialize with my colleagues outside of our regular work environment.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging? What did you learn from it?

Working from design concept to completion on a Black Sabbath mixed media backdrop was definitely one of my personally most challenging projects ever. Mixing commando cloth, aluminum metal mesh, and black sharkstooth scrim together on one drape–and the painstaking measurements that needed to be calculated to ensure everything was exactly how the client envisioned–was genuinely one of the toughest jobs I’ve ever coordinated here at SW. But it was all worth it because the outcome was absolutely spectacular.

Anything more you would like to add about the development and evolution of RW/SW? Inc.?

I’ve enjoyed the progress that both Sew What? and Rent What? have made over the last 13 years. I really like working with the expanded sales team and warehouse staff, too, and seeing what new and interesting drapery projects come through our sewing room every single day.  

8 10, 2018

Meet The Staff–UPDATES! Chris Greenhaw

By |October 8th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|2 Comments

Many of the Sew What? team members have worn lots of hats over the years, and assist in numerous ways in several seemingly completely different departments. It’s why we’ve worked as such a “well-oiled machine” for so long (we never have oil around the drapes though, lol!), and why we’ve been able to enjoy our success in this mad-cap industry for over 15 years. We’ve also learned to ebb and flow with our employees’ abundant strengths, so that we can better utilize everyone’s attributes in the smartest, most efficient way possible. Because of that, I have decided to not only have our readers meet and learn a little bit about our amazing staff members as they join our wonderful family here. But also, I want to have them revisit our Whatters in a brand new “Meet The Staff—UPDATES!” blog series over the course of the next few months. You can see those that have been rockin’ in their original position for their entire duration here at RW/SW, and those that have moved on to completely different areas of focus and expertise. We couldn’t be prouder of everyone’s hard work and diligence–always managing to keep our company fresh, invigorated, and ahead of the game!

CHRIS GREENHAW:

What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties/job descriptions changed since working here? (even if your job title hasn’t changed) Please explain…

Originally, I was hired back in 2011 as part of the rental QC and daily operations staff.  After a few years, I started learning the ins and outs of the rental department, as well as the general receiving of all inbound theatrical supplies for the company (i.e. fabrics, webbing, etc.). In early 2017 I accepted the logistics coordinator position for both SW? and RW?, and currently handle all of the inbound and outbound shipments of our finished products (rentals and custom orders), freight and small parcel shipment quoting, general receiving, and the in-town driver’s schedule. I also provide back-up for the rental and shipping department whenever it’s needed. 

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

The atmosphere of the workplace is what I admire the most. The company prides itself on creating the family aspect, and it makes you feel comfortable.  Everything we do is a direct reflection of that.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging? What did you learn from it?

Operations on a day to day basis bring new challenges.  Everything from rush orders to emergency repairs to last minute deliveries are always providing interesting challenges—no two days are alike.

Anything more you would like to add about the development and evolution of RW/SW? Inc.?

Working at Sew What? and Rent What? have been more than anything I could have asked for. I look forward to seeing both of the companies grow and grow.