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15 12, 2020

So Much To Still Be Grateful For…

By |December 15th, 2020|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Like many people around the country, we here at SW? always look forward to our yearly company holiday potluck and White Elephant gift exchange party. It’s always a completely fabulous time, filled with great food, lots of hearty laughter, and hugs galore. Unfortunately, this year has brought about many changes to our “normal” holiday social activities around one another—and having a gathering where we eat and sing and dance and laugh with one another is not something anyone should be doing right now. We are so grateful to still be able to work with each other following strict social distancing with health and safety protocols in place, and we are genuinely glad to be able to continue to keep the Whatters Family as safe and healthy as possible.

So instead, we wanted to showcase some photos from our incredible holiday party from last year—and hopefully also share with you some of our infectious joy! It was a really wonderful event, filled with all kinds of delicious sweets and hot chocolate, festive music and decorations, and some of the most incredible—and silly—white elephant presents we’d ever seen.

With a wildly eclectic variety of gifts being unwrapped, stolen, passed along from person to person, and sometimes taken back again, it was utterly comical from beginning to end! From beautiful holiday decorations to soft and fuzzy blankets to children-themed gifts to more “mature” content gifts (uhhh, can you say alcohol? lol), to everything in between, it was absolutely hilarious watching the gifts get passed from person to person until they found their “forever owner” after three steals.

What a fun stroll down memory lane….and knowing that these hard times too shall pass, it helps us to remember what amazing folks we are so lucky to still be able to work with on a daily basis. In light of the pandemic, Sew What? was retrofitted this past year and has been using our sewing team’s expert manufacturing skills to aide in offsetting the spread of the virus as much as we can, by building and selling custom-made face masks (and selling other PPE materials, too). And for those who learned to be extra crafty this year, we also now sell Do-It-Yourself-Mask Kits with all the materials needed to make 5 of your own dual-layered face masks, too.

All of these “Covid-19 Response” products not only help alleviate the burden of face mask and PPE shortages, but we also offer a selection of charity masks and PPE items, too–which automatically donate $1 to several important causes with every single selected item purchased. So now our company is fortunate to be able to still sell and rent our quality curtains to those who are lucky enough to have a need for them in today’s current (shall we say, “unstable”) event and touring industries, but we are so very pleased to report that our comfortable, unique, and affordable dual-layered designer and custom dual-layered face masks are now starting to get a name for themselves, too.

We here at Sew What and Rent What are just as eager and excited as everyone else is for the production industry to go back to the way it was “pre-pandemic”, but in the meantime we are sincerely thankful for all that we are blessed to still have. More than anything, we are so appreciative for all of the support our amazing clients have given us these past 10 months. And by this time next year, we are confident and looking forward to a time where we—and the rest of the country—will be back to having a crazy-fun holiday and end of the year celebration, where we will be able to eat tons of goodies, sing and dance to music in the warehouse, and laugh and hug each other once again. From our family to yours, we all wish you a very Happy Holiday season, a truly wonderful 2021, and that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. And please–for your sake and for everyone else’s–wear a mask!

25 02, 2020

Will YOU Be Our Valentine?

By |February 25th, 2020|Company, News, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

We SW? “Whatters Family” genuinely enjoy celebrations of all kinds—but ESPECIALLY ones that involve a holiday filled with smiles, hugs, laughter, sweet treats, and tons of silly photographs! This year was no exception—and to make things even more fun we decided to combine our Valentine’s Day shindig with our yearly company photo shoot.  O-M-G, it was definitely one for the record books (and for fabulous social media blasts)!!

The company provided us all with some of the greatest adorable and delectable special-made cupcakes with every type of Valentine embellishment you can think of on them. Moist, tasty, and festive, they were the perfect way to get things started, and kick our sugar intake into overdrive so that’d we’d have the energy to sincerely dazzle on camera.

Then they had the amazingly talented and wonderfully creative photographer/videographer Tom Underhill conduct one of the most entertaining and memorable company photo shoots I think we’ve ever had here at RW/SW. This photo shoot was bright, colorful, unique, and with a little bit of the “sugar and spice and everything nice” that truly makes us who we are.

The theme of this year’s photo/video shoot was how incredibly impressive our staff’s overall tenure with the company is—with a combined total of almost 382 years’ experience between all of the staff. Each person (and dog) received a custom placard to hold up for the video shoot in the warehouse, and being able to clearly see each person’s card listing out their years of experience with Sew What filled us all with a lot of pride.

From a few newbies having been here just under one year, to some long-term employees with over 15-20 years at SW, it is all an exceptionally remarkable achievement indeed—and we couldn’t be more delighted! The staff also got to pose in front of a custom digitally printed backdrop and our magnificent Red Satin Austrian rental curtain from our Rockin’ Red Drapery Collection. We did this in groups of friends and colleagues who have been working together for years—some more than a decade—and had a lot of goofy fun posing together for these pictures.

Then Tom had a set-up in the main office with one of our gorgeous custom-made velour drapes for the photo shoot, and added in few fun decorations to help with the overall motif. Complementing the look, we also were able to use some larger-than-life rainbow lollipops embellished with our company’s color-branded Yellow/Green ribbons that SW gave to each employee for the occasion. The combination of sugar, and the “encouraging” whoops and hollers of fellow employees, got everyone more than a little silly (and with some, completely out of character) while striking their poses…much to the great amusement for those of us watching. We haven’t laughed that hard in a LONG time!

Having these company-wide events that involve the entire team enjoying time with one another is what really brings us together as a close family—and the images from this photo shoot will be a fantastic reminder of this day for years to come!

23 12, 2019

Truly Scrumptious Thanksgiving Feast Enjoyed By All

By |December 23rd, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Nothing says you’ve officially reached the holiday season than when you begin to feast like kings and queens with loved ones and friends alike. And undoubtedly, the entire team here at Sew What? / Rent What? love to be as seasonally festive as we can possibly be. And one of the most popular celebrations we look forward to having every year is our annual Thanksgiving holiday shindig!

Last month, we were thrilled to be able to genuinely give thanks to have one another, and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with The Whatter Family in the favorite way we know how…..By having a party with tons of amazing food to choose from, high-energy music and dancing, and of course lots of selfies and laughter! Setting the scene was a super-long, covered table that spanned the complete length of our warehouse, with one of our gorgeous Classic Stardrop LED drapes adding a little sparkle and shine to the background.

Next we had the fantastic musicianship of renowned Southern California musical group Mariachi Alma Latina, who performed their beautiful and lively mariachi music for us to appreciate while eating a delicious catered meal from Rascal’s Teriyaki. A seemingly “atypical” choice for Thanksgiving, this restaurant’s heaping piles of delectable Chinese Chicken Salad, followed up with mouthwatering Chicken Teriyaki and Rice platters, appealed to everyone’s extremely happy taste buds. (And offered us a different flavor than the one we’d be eating at home for the next week straight) .

Once we finished our meals, the best was still yet to come……Dessert! This is where our “potluck genius” really shines, with each person bringing completely different type of sweet and scrumptious treats for all of their colleagues to enjoy.  From traditional holiday fare like apple and pumpkin pies, to more culturally adored flan and jello and fruit, to everyday mouthwatering goodies like brownies, cookies, cupcakes and lemon bars, there was enough “sugar and spice and everything nice” for the entire company to devour–for days.

After everybody had their fill (and then some), we all got to dance and sing along with the mariachi band to try and burn off some of the calories. It’s always a blast when music and dancing are on the agenda here! Reinvigorated, we were able to tackle our projects with renewed energy and passion, which always translates into an exceptional product. We hope that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday this year with loved ones, too…as we could not be any more grateful to work in this diverse, innovative, and sometimes totally wild industry with–and for–our truly amazing clients!

18 11, 2019

Halloween Brings Out Some Very Interesting Characters Indeed

By |November 18th, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

It’s time once again to showcase the creative, talented, and fun-loving hearts and minds of the Sew What? Family, in all of their Halloween glory! This year we decided to do an afternoon Halloween Costume Contest for the entire staff to revel in. We had a genuinely fun time, as our colleagues came up with some absolutely wonderfully inventive and imaginative costumes again this year.

Representing our company were a couple of authentic hippies straight from Woodstock, beautiful Pocahontas herself, a fabulous French mime, a NASCAR “super-fan,” a beguiling She-Devil, a terrifyingly gruesome special effect display, an adorable Dalmatian doggy, a spooky gothic queen, a drunk and disorderly wicked witch, and—hilariously—an actual praying mantis bug (this blog’s author made it her mission to try and “spray” him with bug spray the entire afternoon…Lol). So, needless to say, there was a wide variety of “characters” to get our holiday spirit in full effect.

And of course it wouldn’t be a true “Whatter’s shindig” without a table full of mouthwatering, delectable holiday-inspired treats and snacks for everyone to enjoy with one another. From adorably frosted Halloween cupcakes, deliciously sprinkled chocolate chip cookies, moist and yummy graveyard brownies, and huge variety of bite-sized candies, we topped it off with ice cold milk and fresh orange juice to keep our whistles wet and our collective engines running on high!

We truly have a blast at these social events, and always look forward to sharing these entertaining and comical memories from all of the various holidays and special occasions that we sincerely like to celebrate with one another.  It gives us both the mental break and the added energy to keep doing what we like to do best—provide the most beautiful, durable, unique, and versatile theatrical custom and rental drapery to all of our amazing clients.

6 11, 2019

Meet The SW and RW Staff, Part 27–Jimmy

By |November 6th, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our “Meet The Staff” Blog Series, I’d like to introduce you to someone who has possibly one of the most diverse employment backgrounds as anyone could have, Jimmy Horvath. Definitely a “rocker” at heart, but he is also one of the most thoughtful people we could ever work with. Using his knowledge from past jobs towards all elements of his position here, we feel very lucky to have had him join our “Whatter’s Family” almost five years ago. And nowadays you may very well see him zipping all across town in one of our SW/RW Delivery Vans, like a pro! Please take a few minutes to read a little more about this great guy:

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 originally started back in March of 2015, to help in the QC Department (helping pull out, inspect, fold, package, and finalize orders both with rental items and custom drapery, as well as cleaning, inspecting, re-folding, and storing return rental drapery and theatrical drapery gear, too). I ended up staying in that department for about a year and a half. Then I moved over to become a general warehouse “assistant”—helping primarily with all types of warehouse duties, but especially aiding with rental gear preparations, repairs, cleaning, inspecting, packaging, etc. I stayed there for about another year and a half, and then a fantastic opportunity came up for me to become the SW/RW company driver—and I have been doing that ever since! I still offer assistance in the warehouse in whichever department might need a little help when I’m not busy doing runs, but overall I’m typically on the road driving from venue to arena to church to theatre, all over Southern California.

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

I started out in construction, working almost a decade doing all kinds of home remodeling and renovation projects (bathrooms, kitchens, dens, and things like that). At the same time, I also worked part time at an electronics company doing ultrasonic wire bonders for circuit boards of all kinds (phones and such), which definitely taught me to keep an eye on details! Right before coming to SW, I had been working at Home Depot in their building and lumber, garden, and plumbing departments. This variety of fields has given me a wide variety of random knowledge regarding construction applications, carpentry, power and hand tools, gardening, and everything in between.

Do you have a special talent?

I would have to say I have a talent for music, percussion, and rhythm, as I have been involved in music and percussion instruments since I was about 6 years old. Apparently I used to drive my mom nuts by banging on her pots and pans all the time, making a general ruckus. But she decided rather than scolding me that she would encourage me instead. So she bought me a paper drum kit (a Mickey Mouse one—a true classic!), and my love for all things music and drumming-related has grown more and more ever since.

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

I do not watch a lot of TV, but I honestly love lounging at home watching movies on TV—all kinds of genres, but especially thrillers and action movies.

What are some of your hobbies?

I sincerely enjoy talking on the phone and Face Timing with my extended family in Ohio, where my mom, son, granddaughter, and grandson all still live. I have also been a drummer/percussionist in several bands since I was young, and I have loved performing live on stage as much as possible. I also especially enjoy going to live hard rock and metal concerts around town whenever I can, too. Additionally, I consider myself an “automotive nut” and love to work on my Chevy truck and tinker on all kinds of mechanical things in my spare time.

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

I have always dreamed of someday going to Romania, and more specifically Transylvania, to see the Bran (Dracula) Castle in person. Being able to immerse myself in all of the extremely fascinating gothic architecture and culture would be completely amazing.  

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

I have been helping our Operations Manager on several recent upgrades to the SW building’s outside façade (fence painting, squirrel feeder, etc.), as well as doing some cabinetry repair work in the kitchen, which has been pretty interesting. I never would have thought that I could apply the skills from my many years in construction here, so it was very cool to be able to offer my experience and knowledge to this company, too.

As far as challenging, well, anyone who drives regularly in Los Angeles or Orange County can attest to the fact that most drive