As Thanksgiving fast approaches, we have a lot to give thanks for. Just about a year ago, our excellent design firm, Think Brownstone, launched our website and cast the Tradestone seed into the world. We swiftly expanded with Tradestone Cafe that winter, and soon after came our catering division. We couldn't have done so much so quickly without some seriously dedicated team members.
While there are so many more people that are due "thanks," we wanted to give a shout out to a few of our "rocks" — these are the terrific people who keep this company running smoothly.
HILARY HAMILTON— Calling Chef Hilary the Cafe Manager is a true understatement. Hilary does it all — creates menus, runs multiple catering orders out the door daily, handles staffing and scheduling, and then does invoicing to boot. Hilary somehow accomplishes the impossible with a steady, pleasant demeanor that is truly admirable.
ANDREW TETER— When we expanded our chocolate production team, hiring Chef Andrew was a total no-brainer, as he had already been mentoring with Fred. No matter what we throw at him, whether it be a surprise festival that coming weekend or a several hundred bar wholesale order, Andrew jumps in with a genuine enthusiasm for creating a quality product.
COLLEEN THIRY — A total rock star, Colleen has been with us since Tradestone was a mere glimmer in Chip and Fred's eyes. Colleen managed the company's inception, with a meticulous eye for detail (and spreadsheets). She didn't miss a beat when relocating to the West Coast — Colleen keeps ordering, sales and customer service running seemingly effortlessly.
To you three, AND TO YOU ALL, we say THANKS. It's been a wonderful, sometimes chaotic and always exciting year, and we couldn't have done it without your support.
After a well-deserved post-turkey nap, come say hello to the team this weekend, whether that be in-store or online. We're running some sales that you don't want to miss out on, and, obviously, have some excellent people making them happen.
Enjoy your feasts, friends, and cheers to many more great years to come!