Last week we finally made our first trip to the Demdaco headquarters in Leawood, Kansas - a suburb of Kansas City. We've been working together for a year and a half now on "This Thing Called Family," so it was WAY time to actually meet some of the people that we felt we already sorta knew from our many phone and email conversations!
We stayed in this very fun hotel Thursday night just down the road called Aloft. Here's a picture of our room:
Friday we spent at Demdaco. Their headquarters are beautiful! Everyone we met was so friendly and it was so great to get a peek behind the scenes + get the opportunity to thank everyone for all their hard work. This is a company that truly cares about their employees, the products that they create and the spirits of their customers.
|photo courtesy of Demdaco|
We toured the showroom and the rest of the building, then had lunch with the VP of product development as well as the product designers in charge of our line. It was so easy - we laughed and visited like the fast friends that we already are. It didn't seem like the first time we'd actually met. We seriously don't know the last time we laughed that much in one day! At one point, we were told, "You guys are exactly like I thought you'd be!" Which could have gone either way, but we took as a compliment!
After lunch we finished our tour (which was all part of the master plan to build the anticipation and drive us nuts with waiting) we finally got to see the samples of all the new pieces coming out next year! And man, oh man, are you all gonna LOVE it! Oh, how we wish we could share the details! But it's all very hush-hush right now until January.
Then it was on to a brainstorming session for future projects. It was a fun time of getting our heads together and watching what happens! (Did you know that it's almost possible to see idea bubbles taking shape above a particular person's head?! :-)) It feels like our eyes and hearts are being opened to all of these new possibilities and directions. It kind of left us dizzy by the end of the day! But again, not much we can share at this time except to say that some amazing things are happening and some REALLY exciting developments are taking shape!
Basically, it rocked. The whole gosh darn thing.
Demdaco is a company full of real people. They are genuine. They play hard and have so much fun together, but they work even harder. We consider it a true honor to work along with them!
Demdaco, thanks for the warm welcome! Y'all are invited to Iowa City any time - just say the word!
Here's just one example of what we mean when we say "warm welcome" (keep your eye on the first line of "news" scrolling across):
Since our Demdaco trip has gotten us in such a good mood, it feels like time for a giveaway!
So let's give away our Believe pillow! It measures 18x7. It's one of several pillows in "This Thing Called Family." Have you seen all the others?
Tell us the name of a store in your area that sells "This Thing Called Family" and the town it's in.
Haven't found one yet? Go to the store locator and find one! Then come back and share it with us!
That's all you gotta do!
(one entry per person please! and please leave us a way to get ahold of you!)
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We'll announce a winner here Wednesday night! Good Luck!