Well, we got an email from Bob Bell this morning (Classic Company and Gulf Coast Classic) that today’s events were being canceled due to snow. In Gulfport, MS – who would have thunk?? Meanwhile our shipments from Baltimore are delayed due to 50″ of snow, and the places where I would normally head for some skiing are crying that they don’t have any snow. What a strange year.
I spent this morning laying out the first draft of our upcoming Championship catalog. Lots of new items, like etched glass bowls, hardwood plaques from Indonesia and some really nice pewter are going to grace the pages of this book. The whole idea is courtesy of my friend Paul O’Reilly of Newport Harbor Group who innocently asked me if I sent all of my customers the exact same catalog. Of course I said yes, and well, maybe that wasn’t the right answer, so now we are doing a book featuring higher end pieces than we have ever shown before. We are promising that it will be ready by ‘spring’.
Finally, it isn’t a big secret around here that we are working on a new web site. It was originally scheduled to launch in January, but we held off while we fine tuned the shopping cart, and updated all the product photos. With some luck, it should come on line around March 1st. The technology in this site is going to be 9 years newer than what we currently have so it should have the look and feel that people expect from the web today. Among the features it includes are multiple sized photos of products, easier online ordering, support for micro sites and (probably not on day 1) the ability to see your printing and colors on the ribbon you are ordering.
I will keep this post updated as the launch date approaches.