What a boon to receive a call from a lovely Northwest, island dwelling, glassybaby fan, named Boon. She called and described a great fund raising effort to buy a boat for a rowing club on Bainbridge island, where her teenage daughter rows and where a new boat is desperately needed for the youth. Earlier, I blogged about this, describing wrongly, that Boon was the rower and the island was Whidbey...erroneous. Correction...the island is Bainbridge and Boon, rather than rowing, has been headlong into fund raising for her daughter the rower. So sweet. Boon's vision came to fruition last Saturday, November 14th. glassybaby lit their gorgeous event. Boon and her architect husband spearheaded the visionary table top aesthetic. They had long wooden boats carved, in the form of rowing skulls, buoyed aloft were various glowing glassybaby. Guests at the event were able to purchase the glassybaby with surplus proceeds going to this great effort; and yes, the evening was successful. Auction synergy led to a purse that will fund the certain purchase of a new boat for the junior varsity rowers. We loved finding partnership in this great maritime adventure.
Another call I received months ago led to another fruition. Pat, of Sister Rose Fidelma Auxiliary, sweetly inquired about buses of 'Santa Express' shoppers, hailing from Bellingham, arriving to glassybaby as part of a shopping tour...a very exciting prospect. To explain, every year, this Bellingham, Santa Express delivers their shoppers to 5 well researched retail destinations. The ladies go in blind, in other words, the bus surprises them with their destinations. Such a great concept. An email trail with Pat ensued and then the deal, to our delight, was sealed. We received 8 buses, each coaching 50 women, arriving at expertly timed intervals. The women, post mimosas and scones, streamed into glassybaby for a 45 minute express shopping fix. The promotional code "santa" was used for their purchases and glassybaby is sending a 10% check back to Sister Rose Fidelma Auxiliary. Their wonderful charity is St.Joe's hospital in Bellingham. Our philosophies converged. We absolutely loved hosting the loveliness of their group. Thank you Pat and company for choosing glassybaby.
Small anecdote that made me smile...in the comments section of a recent web order, a husband explained how he had learned about us: "Big hint from my wife." He had the extreme wisdom to order his wife our gift set named, 'Red Hot Love,' which consists of red licorice, red rose and lipstick, an excellent and evocative, red selection. Perfection to order a red mix as December is nigh.
End note...which is really not meant to be a down note, rather, an up note revealing the lengths our customers will go to support glassybaby. I dashed through pelting rain on Monday, a dash to my car, which would deliver me to a steaming cup of lunch time soup somewhere. When I arrived curbside, to my dismay, I found a dangling side mirror, profoundly smashed by a drive by side swipe. My eye quickly followed the contour of my car panels, sadly, I found the back haunch of my car, smashed as well...not a little ouchie...a big ouchie. In a nano second my eye went north to the windshield...no note. The rain continued to unleash and all I could think was: 'They have gone to fetch a zip lock bag for their note.' Dixie whistled in the rainy wind. Alas, as the day wound on, I logged in a hit and run police report and called my insurance company. Thanks for indulging me thus far. Here is where the glassybaby customer enters. A customer caught wind of my hit and run Monday. She offered the sweetest sympathy and then insisted on placing a hex on the offender of this crime. I somehow did not dissent, her insistence was truly amusing. She said: 'I am Finnish and my hexes work. They will not be harmed, however they will be extremely uncomfortable.' Then she stared into my eyes and said: 'There...it is done.' We giggled. Truth be told, I do not believe in hexes, nor do I wish one upon anyone. What a funny store passage...that felt blog worthy. Next, we will usher in Thanksgiving. Prematurely, I give thanks for car insurance and our sweet customers.
Until Next Time, Nicola