Tulips are springing to life outside of our crate shop here in Cumberland BC. Newness is in the air. We're constantly making new business connections that sell our crates in their stores, or use our products to display their merchandise. Just last week we sent a load of Boozy Ben wine crates to Everything Wine in North Vancouver. We also stocked Welks General Store (Main St, Vancouver) with a variety of our boxes to retail. At this point, there are around 30 shops in BC that sell our crates. You can also see our products being used as display solutions across North America in LUSH Handmade Cosmetic shops and across Canada at Saje Natural Wellness stores. On the custom front, we've made huge boxes with hinged lids for one client, giant jenga sets for another, single wine bottle boxes, promise boxes, a Kamishibai (no kidding), and every shape and size of box you can dream up. Our ever-evolving signature line of crates now feature a tattoo on the inside corner of each crate with a dedicated font stating its name. Spring is for changes and according to Steve Earle, "One thing change'll bring is somethin' new".
To call February a bad name would be unfair. Sure it has somewhat stripped us of a ski season here on Vancouver Island, and the constant rain is starting to make us all question our sanity, but all-in-all we have a lot to be thankful for. Like booze for instance. We here at the Cumberland Crate Company feel a personal debt to booze and all that it has done for us. We're not daring to make light of the problems inherent to booze. No sir! In fact, we're out to solve them. Take the dilemma that our friends over at 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery found themselves in for instance: They needed to find a way to fit a bottle of their (amazing) wine, along with two glasses and a love letter into one accommodating wooden box. We feel better already.
“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”
― Charles Bukowski, Women
Our little Vancouver Island wooden box and crate shop is growing at an exciting pace! We're proudly doing business with some big North American players such as LUSH Cosmetics and Granville Island Brewery. We're also growing our relationship with many small businesses here in BC. Every time we stamp one of our crates with a new client's logo, a synergy takes place that sends a chill up my stamp arm (that's what I call Old Righty-my stamp arm). Our wooden crates make for perfect display solutions for your business. Contact us to discuss how we can help you.
Well, we've been in business for almost a year now. We're proud to have a growing list of 35 businesses that carry our wooden boxes or simply adorne their work atmosphere with some combination of our creations. We are constantly doing custom jobs for clients. Last week we designed a wooden crate specifically to hold 4 different sized wine bottles for a client that owns a vineyard. We also designed "yoga blocks" for a local upstart yoga studio, speaker shelves for a hi-fi guy and a picture frame to hold your children's art projects. We'll be posting photos of all of these creations in the next few days. We have also branched our business to accommodate people who need a hand creating the perfect dynamical display in their shop. We'll come in and install our boxes for you! Wooden boxes and crates come in damn handy. They're all you need to buy for christmas presents!
We went for a business trip down to Victoria this week, and got a great response! Our crates are now in the Milkman's Daughter in Victoria, and we have orders for bakery's, cafe's, grocery stores and U-brew's all the way from Campbell River to to Vic! We'll keep you posted as we add new clients. In the mean time, we're gearing up for The Cumberland Winter Fair here in our sweet little mountain village. If you're in town, come hang with the crate guys!
We're lucky enough to have had a photo shoot with Ron Pogue this past week. He's got a great eye, and he did a killer job of capturing our crates in the Cumberland sun. Enjoy! http://ronpoguephotography.com/
As the holiday season approaches, we here at the Cumberland Crate Company are rushing to pile up an inventory while filling orders to the growing list of shops in the Comox Valley. We secured a table at the Cumberland winter market (Nov 31), and are in talks with a few different vineyards about unleashing the mighty 'Boozy Ben" on the world of wine connoisseurs. We're having fun, and are thrilled that you guys are into our humble little boxes.
Concerning our evolving designs: The words of our mentor hang over every design we create. He said, "Don't try to get too slick, boys". Amen, Rick. We're keeping things real over here, to keep the price down for our beloved customers, so if you find a crate with an upside down stamp, or a blemish on the wood, cherish it. It's kinda like that mole on Kate Moss' breast.
Well friends, our little adventure has started! Our crates are selling quite well, and we're having a blast making them. So far they're featured in Rusty Rooster Home Furnishings (in Cumberland BC), and at The Guerilla Food Company (Courtenay BC). If you know someone who might like to connect with us (vineyard, brewery, store, etc), please send them our way.
We'd like to thanks all our friends and fellow Comox Valleyers who are buying the crates and spreading our name around. We love you! Also a big thanks to Steve Morgan for bringing over a camera and taking some great shots!