In 2013, Team Sticker Giant shattered production goals of years past. A whopping 304 miles of assorted sticker materials were printed from our sticker factory in Longmont, CO in last year alone!
The average sticker size that we produce is 3 inches. If you were to take the average 3 inch sticker and fill up 304 miles of material, you would find that we made 25,681,920 total stickers in 2013 alone. Yowzers!
That means that if we stacked all of those stickers up in a row (one on-top of the other) we made 16.21 miles of stickers last year. Or if those stickers were placed end-to-end, we would wind up at 1216 miles of stickers. To help you envision the true scope of that figure, that would add up to 6 fourteeners tall;) Thats enough stickers to slap across our beautiful state of Colorado 3 times!
This weekend StickerGiant is proud to be official sticker sponsors for an event right in our home town of Longmont, CO. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and the event is entering it's 10th year organized by non-profit Our Center.
The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create unique and handcrafted bowls.
Longmont attendees are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.
It is the collective genius of all the people involved that has made Empty Bowls what it has become. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations. We could never have imagined all the things people have done or all the ways the project has touched people.
It's worth finding the time to attend this weekend. Your participation will have a profound impact and you'll be able to get your hands on their colorful event stickers printed by yours truly!
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in.”
Company Name: Powder7 Ski Shop Website: www.powder7.com
The Powder 7 Ski Shop in Golden, Colo., is proud to be a family owned establishment serving the winter sports enthusiasts in the area. Most of their business is online now, but they still have many dedicated customers and friends who do business face to face.
The company sells skis and ski equipment for those who live for the slopes of winter. Be it a day or a season; you can find what you are looking for in their shop and online.Customer service is more than just a word to Powder 7. This past Christmas, for example, it was not uncommon to see one of the employees or owners chasing a UPS truck down the street for a last minute package.
We sat down with a few of the members of the staff for a quick Q&A. This was hard because there was a fresh blanket of snow on the ground and all we could think about was how much we wanted to grab a pair of skis and hit the slopes.
Q&A with Amy
If you had a million dollars how would you spend it?
Easy, we'd build a custom workspace with a larger warehouse, store, and offices so we'd be able to give our local customers an even better experience, our employees an even better physical space to work within, and have plenty of room to grow.
What is something that not a lot of people know about your company but you WISH more people DID know?
Our local customers are often surprised we're off the beaten path. They don't realize just how much we ship out every day, and that we need to be off of the main drag so we can have room for our large warehouse.
What are the top 3-5 winning market tactics you used in 2013 to drive sales?
Email marketing is huge for us, as is Google Shopping. However, far and away we get the best return on SEO, which we have done in-house since day one.
Who has made the biggest impact on your brand so far, and why?
It would be impossible to recognize any single person our group that has impacted our brand the most. The relationships we have built with all of our suppliers, and our suppliers' ongoing belief in our brand and business model has helped us build a strong foundation.
[Editor's Note: The website for St. Vrain Market is down, but we've preserved their sticker story for posterity.]
Who was affected: St. Vrain Market
What do they do? Food Market, Deli, and Bakery
Where are they located? Lyons, CO
Flood damage? The market's distributors have been looking for suppliers willing to provide inventory donations and the market is looking at ways to bake and make sandwiches off-site until the water and sewer are back.
Why should I help? St. Vrain Market contributes to the Lyons economy by providing much-needed jobs and commerce not to mention food supplies for the small town.
How can I help? #HOPSHELP = RAISE MONEY FOR FLOOD RELIEF
Today we've got two craft brews from different parts of the USA. First up is Rhino Chasers from 28 North Brewhouse in Ashburn, VA. I can't better the brewer's description, so I'll just quote it:
With its rich, dense, creamy head, Rhino Chasers is a goldern lager that is a crisp, refreshing beer for the warm summer days of D.C. It is a Keller style lager using premium brewer’s malt that creates a sweet backbone. However, it’s the hops that really make this brew stand out. The prominent hop flavor and fresh aroma are from the noble hops Halertau and Saaz. The current brew is served unfiltered, so the complex taste created curing the slow brewing process was not stripped away.
Sounds tasty. If your're in Northern Virginia or D.C. look for Rhino Chasers.
Second up is Yellow Kite Summer Ale from Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, CO. Here's how they describe it:
...Not your father’s pilsner. Bright gold in color, this pilsner harkens back to its true European origins with a flavor that’s light and refreshing, yet absolutely memorable. German pilsen barley lends a traditional malt component, while fine Czech and German hops add a nice snap.
Look for it throughout Colorado. Yumm, beer! Still time to enjoy these brews during the World Cup, eh?