Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Road trip - Authentique style!


After almost a year and a half of building and growing Authentique Paper, Bret and I (Samantha) decided to hit the road and tour some of our retail accounts. We wanted to see first-hand how our vision was being translated in the "real" world. It was a humbling and unique experience to see our product as well as visiting our retail partners in their store (and not just at a trade show), without the filter of the telephone or social media to hide behind. 

Mid-way between Utah & Nevada...the Salt Flats

Over the next couple of blog posts, we will attempt to capture a few of the highlights of our two week, yes....two week road trip across Utah, Nevada and Northern California. We were able to visit almost a dozen stores...and to be completely honest, we managed to squeeze in a little play-time too!

Without further adieu...in {somewhat} chronological order, here's a re-cap of our road trip...Authentique style!

Scrapbook Paradise, Reno, NV.

We had the opportunity to meet Laura (owner), her mother and one of her great employees...Scrapbook Paradise has been around for years and they have figured out a secret to success...it's no wonder they are a successful store in Nevada.

As we drove through Reno and made our way over the Donner Pass in Truckee/Tahoe, CA, we were tempted by the majestic mountain scenery to stop and play a round of golf. The temperature was just-right and this little pit-stop was a great way to start our trip! 

Bret & Sam in Tahoe, CA.

Donner Lake, Truckee, CA

Green Tangerines, Rockin, CA.

Kelly, owner of Green Tangerines has created an environment unlike anything we've ever seen in our collective 20+ years in the paper-craft industry. This store is clean, modern and absolutely gorgeous.


Memories for the Making is an adorable store where local ladies go to gather with their friends to scrapbook. Teran, the owner, is so sweet and friendly, she even popped in on her day off to visit with Bret and me, and we were thrilled to the our handmade Authentique display front and center in her store!

Teran (owner), Bret, Sam and Amy 

Here are a few projects we spotted during our visit at Memories for the Making featuring Authentique Paper:





As we continued to make our way out west, we stopped in Monterey, CA for the weekend. If you have never been to this part of the world, it is breath taking! 

Monterey Bay on a Saturday morning before the fog cleared.

We spent the next couple of days with good friends and business associates...at this point in the trip we met up with Ginger Essick, owner of Paperoni, a company which is best known for making cards for the troops overseas. The gals who work with Ginger make cards for all occasions and send them to American soldiers so they can send home a card to their family members for a birthday or other special occasion. Ginger's efforts are all done out of the kindness of her heart, and she donates both her time and money for this cause.



Ginger also spoiled us by treating us to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play golf at her exclusive country club. Below are a couple of photos from our perfect afternoon on the links at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club...

View of the ocean from the Monterey Peninsula Country Club

 Ginger Essick (Paperoni) and Sam

Ginger and Bret

We capped off the first half of our trip by meeting up with one of the most friendly, warm and magical ladies in the industry...Vickie has years of experience in retail management and purchasing, she is a great woman and we were thrilled she was able to make time to let us interrupt her busy day!

Bret, Vickie from Beverly's Fabrics and Sam

Terry & Sam at Beverly's in CA

Terry is a true gem. She is so friendly, a very talented crafter, and a super smart lady! We enjoyed our tour of the Beverly's corporate offices and were able to gain a little bit of an insiders perspective of how they run this great company!


We have tons of other photos to share from our road trip and hope you'll check back on Thursday to see the rest of our adventure! 


10 comments:

  1. Wow looks like a great time.

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  2. Looks like a REALLY great time. I recently got my hands on some of your goods, and I'm OVER the moon for them!! I LOVE the font and word sheets, and the quality of the paper. Anticipate more great things!!

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  3. I think it's so wonderful to step out of the office and meet your retailers face to face. Your authentic selves show not only in your collections, but in your day to day lives. I'm in awe of what you've accomplished. I know my local scrap store has nothing but wonderful things to say about you! I can't wait to see more of your trip!

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  4. what a fun trip and I can't wait to see more. Sounds like you had so much fun

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  5. I live near Sacramento. Green Tangerines is indeed a fabulous place! Looks like you had a great time. :)

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  6. Fabulous summary of your road trip - looks like a good combination of work and fun :) Can't wait to read some more!!

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  7. How fun...I would love to travel and visit all those stores! You two have a really fun job!

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