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18 11, 2019

Halloween Brings Out Some Very Interesting Characters Indeed

By |November 18th, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 drivers out there are crazy. (LOL!) So, working out alternative routes when a Sig Alert hits our area, figuring out frontage and side roads in busier areas of the city, learning how different venues handle drop offs and pickups on-site, and discovering the best on-and off-ramps for regular deliveries has been a challenge to say the least. But now I can get practically anywhere in town without nearly as many delays, which has also been absolutely invaluable!

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

I really enjoy all of the celebrations, pot lucks, and other unique get-togethers that we have regularly here at Sew What….But to be honest, I look forward to our Annual Christmas Party the most.. Games, food, music, White Elephant gift exchange, and of course, lots of laughing!

Anything more about your time here at SW?

I truly appreciate that Sew What? likes to take care of their staff, unlike anywhere else I’ve ever worked. Since it’s a family-owned business, they treat their employees as individuals and utilize our multiple skills and talents in various ways. I also want to say again that I genuinely have a lot of fun at all of the special events they like to have around here, too!

8 10, 2019

Ice Cream Social Gives Staff A Delicious Summer Afternoon Treat

By |October 8th, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

As you very likely know by now, we here at Sew What? Inc. love social gatherings, and getting the opportunity to relax and hang out with one other both professionally as well as socially. And we especially enjoy when we get to share a good meal or a delicious snack together, too!

Recently we were thrilled to once again enjoy the delectable ice cream stylings of King Kone Ice Cream truck with our 2019 Ice Cream Social. This amazing ice cream desert company came to our warehouse to perfectly serve the entire SW Staff, along with our wonderful neighbors from Lowy Enterprises, some incredibly refreshing, creamy, tasty ice cream delights.

We were able to choose from a wide variety of incredibly mouthwatering options from their menu—or have them custom build us a luscious treat to order. From malts to milkshakes, to banana splits to hot fudge sundaes, to rainbow colored shaved ice, to ice cream sandwiches—there was literally something for every particular taste and unique craving that we could come up with.

And with new and scrumptious flavors like Koo Koo For Coconut, Rocky Mountain, Almond Jubilee, and Sea Salted chocolate dipped coatings, everyone was completely ecstatic with their afternoon sugar-fest.

Even company pooch Crispin got in on the action, and made sure to check out everyone’s dessert and see if there was anything he could do to “help” keep the area clean and tidy, and free from any fallen peanut topping or cone crumb that may have accidentally fallen.

Having a few minutes to goof off with one another and devour an ice cold treat on a hot summer’s day is one of the reasons that working at Sew What is so much fun. Social events like these are a great way to keep our energy levels up during busy tour and holiday season “rushes”, and we always appreciate what owner Megan Duckett generously gives to both her staff, and our neighboring businesses, on a regular basis.

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.

12 08, 2019

Meet The Staff–UPDATES! Marilyn

By |August 12th, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our Meet The Staff—UPDATES! Blog series is someone who has been an incredible addition to the company from her very first day here—Marilyn Moss. Having worked in the theatrical drapery and supply business for decades, right here in Southern California, she is an expert in anything and everything related to theatrical fabrics and customization. She’s an enormous help for both our clients as well as her colleagues, offering insights and suggestions for all kinds of production and concert tour stage designs. Please take a moment and learn a little more about this invaluable member of the Whatter’s family, Marilyn!

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

I was hired as a sales representative for Sew What? back in 2015. Even though my job description hasn’t technically changed, I am just amazed at how much I still–almost daily–learn and discover new aspects of theatrical drapery manufacturing even after being in this crazy (yet fulfilling and fun!) business for so long. With many of our individual projects being unique within themselves, we unquestionably absorb a lot from sharing their details with one another. Plus, we also learn from the jobs themselves–what to do again next time, as well as what maybe NOT to do.  It is really wonderful to work for a company where everyone helps each other out so readily and easily. And also to work in a place where the entire staff seems to want to share their knowledge, ideas, recommendations, and experiences in order to achieve the common goal of making sure that the customer is not just satisfied, but also blown away by their purchased and/or rental drapes, as well as our overall customer service.

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

I like that occasional surprises of Ice Cream Days, or when a Taco Truck comes by, as well as when the whole company gets together for holidays to share some good food and hearty laughs. It’s never a dull moment around here when we all get together to eat! And of course I absolutely adore our little company squirrel, Miss Trixie, with all of my heart…There is just something so endearing about her sweet expression, and seeing her waiting for me to hand her breakfast every morning when I come into work is an absolute highlight in my day. I mean, just look at her lovable face!

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

The most recent project that I worked on that was both challenging and interesting was when I was asked by my client to build them a larger than life, IFR Textura multi-piece drapery set….which they wanted to also use it as a double kabuki drop.  Not only did each leg–stage left and stage right–have 3 distinct parts to them, but one of the segments was also a huge custom-built swag.  Fortunately for me, the style of swag was something we had done before. However, the real challenge was more about making sure that this swag fell into place beautifully and properly after the first of these kabuki drops.  A big “thumbs up!” to the workroom on this one….as it looked completely spectacular!