Celebrating Milestones

As a company we pride ourselves on not only the products we design and our customer service but first and foremost our employees. We think there is something to be said for longevity in a company and when the opportunity arises to celebrate those milestones, we take advantage. And, since we celebrated some wonderful milestones at our companies last month, we wanted to take this time to highlight two wonderful employees – Todd Harvey & Jennifer Lockwood – who celebrated milestones at SUI International companies. We caught up with both of them for a little Q&A about  what makes the company unique and why they’ve stayed and committed to company as long as they have.

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How long have you worked at the company?

Todd: 25 years and counting!

Jen: I have worked at PinSource since I graduated college, way back in 2006, so 10 years. I started doing some marketing projects and sales as at the time. Now, I continue to sell pins, but I also do some management.

How did you find the position / decide to work for PinSource?

Todd: Just out of college in the old fashioned Classified’s on “REAL PAPER”, now I am dating myself!  It was one of my first and only interviews and it was a small company at the time where I could gain immediate experience and make a difference right away.

Jen: My lifelong best friend Jessica’s parents own PinSource. I grew up knowing more about pins and ad specialty products than the majority of kids. I have to admit, we did play with the pins and some promotional stuffed animals from time to time. As we got older, however, Jessica and I were guinea pigs for all different kinds of products, some that took off (like silicon wristbands) and some that didn’t (like phone showers, which were scented pieces of adhesive cork in the phone cradle to make it smell nice). So, when a job was available shortly after I graduated, it only seemed like a natural fit.

What’s your favorite memory during your tenure?

Todd: The frequent Friday afternoons with our team members… winding down after a busy week, visits from our China factory team, going to the Grateful Dead concert with Rob!

Jen: About a year after I started working on the Universal Studios account, the first Harry Potter park, Diagon Alley opened in Orlando. My colleague John and I were selected to work on a range of souvenir products for the attraction, and were invited to attend the grand opening. It was a black tie event with the red carpet, and all of the major cast members from the films made an appearance. The event was in the evening, and it was truly magical to see the Hogwarts castle there for the first time, lit up against the night sky. I will truly never forget it.

If you had to pick a favorite thing about your job/working at PinSource what would it be?

Todd: The many friendships I have gained with my distributer partners over the years!

Jen: I do really love my job, so I am going to give you four things. 1) My clients, who make coming to work engaging and challenging. 2) My colleagues, who are all kind, motivated and diligent. 3) My crazy miniature dachshunds, Lilly & Fonzie, who come to work with me everyday. 4) The world travel, which is always illuminating and inspiring.

Edward Gorey House – A Unique American Museum

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To those with an absurdist sense of humor and fondness for drawing, Edward Gorey is the beloved author and illustrator of such tales as The Doubtful Guest, The Curious Sofa, and The Loathsome Couple. To television viewers, he’s the creator of the animation that opens Mystery! on PBS. To theatergoers, he’s the Tony Award-winning set and costume designer behind 1977 rendition of Dracula. No matter how you know him,  there’s no denying he’s a talented and beloved American artist and author.

The Edward Gorey House is  a very special place that is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the life and works of Edward Gorey and honoring his legacy.  In 1979 Edward Gorey purchased the 200 year-old sea captain’s home at 8 Strawberry Lane on the Yarmouth Port Common, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After his death in 2000 the house became a museum, dedicated to Gorey’s life and work. The House displays his diverse and extraordinary talents and reflects his distinct personality.

I reached out to Gregory Hischak, the Edward Gorey House Curator, to discus more about this unique man, the museum and how TheEdward Gorey House uses products from PinSOurce to promote the work they do.

PS: How do you use the materials from PinSource within your organization?

GH: PinSource produces our annual membership pins and has done so ever since 2005.

PS: Why are the products important?

GH:The Annual Membership Pin is, along with the collateral that it is tied in with, a key component of our yearly exhibit. The image is used on all email communications and is prominent in our social media. The pin is mailed to current members, used by docents and, of course, it is also sold in our gift shop. These pins become Gorey Collectibles and there are more than a few collectors out there who have every pin the House has ever made available.

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GH:The Edward Gorey House is, as the name suggests, Gorey’s house in Yarmouth Port, MA. This is his home that he lived and worked, collected and passed away in. We are not the trustees of his estate or licensees of Gorey’s works though we have a pretty cordial accessibility to the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust’s archive of original art. From them and from the House items we build a new exhibit every year. With Gorey, who had such a myriad of interests and abilities and was keenly prolific, each exhibit from year to year is quite different and this allows us to really re-invent the House and showcase another aspect of Gorey every year for visitors.

PS: For a person not familiar with EG work, what would you say is important for people to know or understand about him?

GH: Edward has a very distinctive style and sensibility that runs through all his work, whether it be his own books, the work he illustrated for other authors, his set designs, etchings, etc. Always there is formal macabre whimsy running through everything. While Gorey’s work is fatalist, surreal and even a bit murderous it is also invariably very very funny. His humor always turns what might be just stark into something delightful. Getting that across to visitors is the primary goal of the House.

PS: Are there any exciting upcoming events in the New Year at EGH that our readers should know about?

GH: The House will re-open with the 2016 Exhibit on April 15, 2016. We’re still wrestling over the name though “The Mysterious Mayonnaise” had a run for a while before being discarded. Our annual summer childrens festival Fantastagorey Day will be Saturday, August 6th. This is a free all-ages event that engages kids in readings, book-making, creature making, games and a lot of general mayhem. There are always a lot of other things that come up and becoming Friends with the House on Facebook is a great way to keep up on the things we have going on.

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GH: I think there’s no doubt, people who have visited us have found the Edward Gorey House to be one of the most interesting, unique small museums in America. it is evolving, educational, mysterious and a lot of fun. Plus, you can always buy a pin in the gift shop.

All Images Courtsey of  the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

If you’d like to visit the Edward Gorey House it’s located at:

8 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
508-362-3909

Edward Gorey House 2016 Hours of Operation:

April 15 – July 3 Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.
July 6 – October 9 Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.
October 14 – Dec 31 Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.

Lean more: www.edwardgoreyhouse.org

Halloween Week Feature: Inner Space Caverns in Georgetown, Texas

Since its Halloween week, we thought we’d feature the unique client Inner Space Caverns in Georgetown, Texas. We are fortunate to produce the patches that they sell to tour participant in their gift shop.

A little background: Inner Space Cavern was discovered by a Texas Highway Department core drilling team in the Spring of 1963. Six-inch core samples were taken to determine if the ground was stable enough to support a large highway overpass. As they were drilling one of the test holes, the bit suddenly dropped 26ft. and the highway crew knew there was something down there besides rock.

Hidden for over 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern is one of the best preserved caves in Texas. Inner Space was opened to the public in the summer of 1966, and since that time hundreds of thousands of visitors have seen this beautiful cave.

We caught up with one of the many tour guides at Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown, Texas to ask a few questions about the natural attraction.

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ISC: The cavern are unique for a lot of reasons, but I’ll give ou a couple of my favorite highlights:

There were 5 entrances to the cave in recent history. On the tour we refer to these as
“Bone Sinks’ which are sinkholes that we found bones in. When the rooms of a cave became so large that the roof could no longer support its own weight, it would collapse. This allowed animals to enter. Which is how we found fossils of at least 44 different species of animals, 11 of which are now extinct.

There is a room in the caves call the Cathedral Room. It is the largest room in the cave.  Some of the fossils are still quite soft, which makes it very difficult to remove them without doing damage. Some of the bones were left where they were found in order to preserve them.

Lastly, the oldest rock in the cave is roughly 100 million years old. The void of the cave was forming when the Balcones Fault Zone was active about 25 million years ago. This is the closest we will get to knowing the caves age.

PS: Are there bats?

ISC: Yes. The types of bats we see most are the Eastern Pipistrelle, which is also known as the butterfly bat. They are the second smallest species of bat in the US.

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PS: Do you do any special Halloween events in the caves?

ISC: We don’t usually. But we do see an influx in visitors around that time, most likely because the mystery and darkness of the caverns ties in closely with the Halloween season. It is a fun activity for this time of the year.

PS: How many visitors do you see at the Cavern each year on average?

ISC: We see a lot of school groups throughout the year. We can average 15-20 groups during our busy days.

PS: Do you notice anything changing in the caverns over the years?

ISC: We do our best to preserve the cave and protect the bats etc. Although, it’s hard to deny the bat population has diminished.

PS: What do you want people to know about the Caverns?

ISC: That it’s a great place to visit and bring your family. Although Texas can get very hot in the summer, the cavern are a great place to visit year round as it’s usually pretty cool down here on the hot Texas days.

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ISC: The patch we have is a hot item in our gift shop. I’ve seen students put it on their backpacks, they love it!

Inner Space Cavern is located in Georgetown, Texas on the outskirts of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. To learn more about Inner Space Caverns or to plan your trip visit their website:  https://innerspacecavern.com

The Museum at Bethel Woods

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Woodstock music festival 1969 defined an entire generation, and its effects on music and American culture can still be felt today. It was the pop culture music event of the decade and arguably the single most profound event in the history of music. What began as a paid event drew so many viewers from across the world that the fences were torn down and it became a free concert open to the public. Acts from all around the world met at Max Yasgur‘s Farm in Bethel, NY on August 15-18, 1969 for a celebration of peace and music.

Soaked by rain and wallowing in the muddy mess of Yasgur’s fields, young fans took in the performances of acts like Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to name a few. At Woodstock 1969, 500,000 individuals gathered peacefully making it the largest gathering of human beings in one place in history.

The Museum at Bethel Woods is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Woodstock by allowing visitors to learn more about the history of the concert and perhaps things most people may not even know. However, The Museum at Bethel Woods is much more than an exhibit on the festival itself, it takes an in-depth look at the ways the social climate of the decade led to the Woodstock festival and how this watershed cultural moment helped to define a generation. The Main Exhibit is an award-winning multimedia experience that immerses guests in the popular culture, politics, and social history of the 1960s and one that can be enj249_large_1oyed by people of all ages and interests.

We are fortunate to provide the promotional materials used by Bethel Woods Museum and are proud to call them a client. We caught up with Liz McKay, Communications Coordinator at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, to answer a few questions with us about what makes The Museum at Bethel Woods such a unique and important place.

PS: In your opinion what did Woodstock teach our country about music etc.?

BW: The Woodstock festival is important for what it symbolizes. It was the first festival of its kind and it showed the country that in the face of terrible conditions (rain, lack of facilities, lack of food, overcrowding), over 500,000 young people were able to gather together peacefully united by a common love of music and desire to change the world for the better. We are proud to have the opportunity to be stewards of this important place in American history while ensuring it remains relevant to future generations by continuing to unite people through music and a desire to contribute positively to their communities.

PS: Can you brieflyBethelWoods-022 tell me about the Woodstock exhibit at Bethel Woods and what makes it special & unique in comparison to other exhibits about Woodstock?

BW: Through changing special exhibits and moving film and speaker series, The Museum at Bethel Woods uses the ideals of the 1960s – including freedom of expression, creativity, and acceptance – to inspire a new generation to contribute positively to the world around them.

PS: What are some things about Woodstock that perhaps most people don’y know that you’d like to share?

BW: Woodstock was actually held in the town of Bethel, NY about 50 miles from the town of Woodstock. It is in Bethel that Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is located – a cultural center on 800 acres that includes the original Woodstock monument, The Museum at Bethel Woods, a conservatory for arts education programming, and multiple performance stages including an outdoor amphitheater with seating for over 15,000.

PS: Whats your favorite story/image from the festival?

BW: Many stories of acts of kindness and humanity exist from the Woodstock festival. These tales of individuals helping others and remaining calm and peaceful are definitely our favorite as they represent our mission. It is amazing to see people become inspired, empowered and educated through the arts and humanities. The power of the arts as a means for uniting people of diverse backgrounds was truly visible at the Woodstock festival, and it was a beautiful thing.

PS: Can you tell upeacecollages a little bit about how your organization uses the promotional materials you order through PinSource?

BW: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is supported by an integral network of donors, members, and volunteers. We used material from PinSource to honor the years of service provided by our team of over 150 active volunteers. Some volunteers have been with our organization since we opened in 2006, and many donate hundreds of ours of their time each year. We use the materials to thank them for their hard  work.

PS: What else would you like people to know about Bethel Woods Center for the Arts or the Museum itself?

BW: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not for profit cultural center that is located at the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. In addition to preserving these historic grounds and interpreting the events of the decade of the 1960s, the organization is dedicated to providing rich cultural opportunities for a variety of audiences.

Bethel Woods welcomes approximately 300,000 guests a year offering nearly 300 programs and events, including an award-winning Museum, performances, community festivals, and arts and humanities-based educational programming. We strive to offer something for everyone, and encourage visitors to join us for programming that is offered 9 months of the year.

The Museum embodies the key ideals of the era we interpret—peace, respect, cooperation, creativity, engagement, and a connection to the planet we live on and all the people who inhabit it. In addition to preserving and interpreting an era, the Museum is actively involved in their community—through education, economic development, and historic preservation—to encourage social responsibility among visitors and supporters and to advocate for issues in their local community and the world to make it a better place. To borrow from 1960s ideology, everyone has the power to change the world.

To visit the Bethel Woods center or to find out more visit their website: www.bethelwoodscenter.org Watch the video below for a virtual tour of the Center.

And to learn about how you can design promotional materials for your organization call us or visit our site! We would be happy to help you!

Advice on Taking Your Suit to the Next Level From Our Friends at LGFG Fashion House

Wedding season is upon us and, for some, it can be a fashionably challenging time of the year. Wearing a suit is the simple part, but adding that extra character to your outfit or suit can seem daunting. Well-chosen accessories can make all the difference and can say that you care, that you have taste and style, and allow you to express a little individuality. Accessories can provide subtle touches that tie an outfit together in an impressive way.

To get some expert advice and guidance on the subject, we decide to reach out to our friend  Dimitry Toukhcher owner of LGFG Fashion House. He agreed to give us some tips on how to wear men’s accessories as well as some general advice on taking your suit to the next level during the wedding season.

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PS: Can you over do it with accessories?  What do you suggest using together? What are no-nos to wear at the same time?

DT: I suppose you CAN overdo it with accessories when they become “tacky” so you have to read the situation. A younger associate in an office, for example, might want to think twice before upstaging someone more senior, so you don’t want to outdo your boss, but at the same time it’s good to dress for the position you want. Cufflinks are an absolute must.

PS: Here at PinSource we are fans of the lapel pin. Can you speak a little bit to how you might use a lapel pin as an accessory on a suit if you were heading to a wedding this summer?

DT: I could see custom wedding lapel pins not only being very thoughtful but also a great souvenir for after the wedding. Our company orders lapel pins as a way to build our culture.

PS: What about cufflinks? How do you recommend using these as part of a summer suit without going over the top? When are cuff link shirts appropriate and when are buttoned cuffs suitable?

10894899_1601634493381241_2001573540_aDT: There is no over the top with cufflinks- that’s kind of the point of cufflinks, they are meant to stand out. Cufflinks show that a man pays attention to detail and the more fancy ones are a sign of status – just like a watch. Going the extra mile for something more noticeable is a personality statement for lots of our clients. French cuff shirts which require cufflinks are always a good choice in a more formal setting, while button cuffs are for casual work and for grinding behind your desk.

PS:What is your personal favorite mens suit accessory?

DT: I consider shoes to be a suit accessory and they are definitely my favourite item to jazz up a suit. I have shoes ranging from dark blue to lavender and they match my suits perfectly -nobody else is doing it yet, but I predict it will e61b91c5a6be43f198146d26126f3ac4become a fashion trend in the next 5 years as more customization becomes available to the mass market.

PS:What is one thing a man can do to take his suit to the next level?

DT: This is easy. First of all, buy the most expensive suit you can afford. It really makes a difference. One great suit is better than 3 bad ones. Secondly, don’t go cheap on a shirt when you have a great suit. No point being in a Porche when the seats aren’t leather- the interior needs to match the exterior.

PS: Anything else you wish to include about mens fashion / style?

DT: You should check out LGFG, of course.

You can make it look easy by following a few simple style rules. Carefully chosen accessories will give you that extra edge you need to boost your style and confidence and take your suit to the next level.

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