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5 09, 2019

Delicious Taco Thursday-Block Party Event Gets “Devoured”

By |September 5th, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

One of the best ways to blow off some steam and enjoy some stress-free time with one another is being able to experience a great meal with one another. We here at SW? Inc. truly love a good grub-fest, and we are very lucky that our company’s owners and management feel the same way that we do! Recently we were thrilled to be able to enjoy another delicious “Taco Thursday—Block Party,” conveniently brought right to our very own warehouse.

The taco truck was from a company called Taco Gallos Loco, which we have thoroughly enjoyed here at SW in the past, and which did NOT disappoint yet again! Warehouse, sales, management, and even our neighbors at Lowy Enterprises, Inc all got to come out, grab some amazingly delicious and authentic Mexican food, and hang out in the cool shade of the warehouse together.

Devouring everything from delectable street tacos, overstuffed burritos, gooey quesadillas, and even chips and an assortment of fresh, homemade salsas, there was something for everyone. Washing it all down with a wide variety of ice cold beverages, and then topping it all off with scrumptious ice cream sandwiches, were both the perfect added touches to this amazing meal.

Getting to share a meal together–during what has been a wonderfully busy few months–was a fantastic way for staff to unwind and relax a little bit with one another. We genuinely appreciate the special camaraderie that everyone here has with one another, and always look forward to these special treats and celebrations that our company generously likes to surprise their “Whatter’s Family” with.

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!

11 12, 2018

The Biggest Storms Can Also Eventually Lead To The Most Beautiful Rainbows

By |December 11th, 2018|Company|1 Comment

Sometimes a little rain must fall…. Or in the case of this past 7 days in Southern California, a LOT of rain must fall. But taking the bad with the good (and vice versa) is how we all manage to keep our heads above water, pardon the pun. We here at SW? were very lucky because our area was not affected by mud or debris slides, unlike many of our unfortunate neighbors here in the Southland. Adding a little inconvenience to our daily commutes through the crazy LA freeways (and trying to keep ourselves and our pets dry and safe indoors as much as possible) was a small price to pay for the rewards that this rain system brings to a very drought-ridden ecosystem. Not to mention enjoying the lovely rainbows that these storms also often bring…

The same is can be said for much of the “chaos” that often surrounds the planning of productions, trade shows, and concert tours—sometimes you simply must take the bad with the good. This is especially the case when it comes to the unpredictable “stormy” weather that can occur when it comes to planning live events (scheduling conflicts, changes of venue, cancellation/addition of performances, complete overhaul of stage design, etc.). You just need to trust that in the end your audience is going to love the show you produce, and that all of your hard work will be worth the extra care, labor, and effort that you and your team put forth. And that when it’s all said and done you will ultimately have an absolute “rainbow” of a great show!

Let RW/SW help YOU create a “rainbow experience” for you and your audience, by helping take some of the stress out of your design process by providing you the highest quality, stunningly beautiful theatrical stage drapes and soft goods for your upcoming special events and concerts that you could ever imagine. Choose from our extensive variety of gorgeous rental stage curtains, or we can also build you custom drapes out of your own unique vision. Either way, give us a call so that we can help you “weather” the storms of designing your stage, so that everything will come out “rainbows” for your special event, too.