Quietly we just celebrated our two year anniversary of our Chico storefront. On July 1, 2019 we had been open for two years! What a ride it has been, and what a ride it continues to be each day. I had always imagined I'd have a store or business of some sort. Now that I have two, the main goal is to continue to make each unique and unlike any other rock shop these days. And honestly I could have never made it this far without the amazing team we have at both locations!
The Chico team, Jen, Chris, and Falon, are some super cool, creative, talented, trustworthy, hardworking people. I love em all to death, and am humbled each day that they help me build this business and educate everyone about the ideals we stand for. Its really amazing to be surrounded by people who believe in you, and the vision of your business. Very often I am amazed at their suggestions and ideas and the implementation of those ideas for the business. We wouldn't be as cool as we are if it we're for them
The Pittsubrgh team, Justin, Jimmy, and Quinn, are driven, enthusiastic, friendly, and kind hearted people. I couldn't have asked for a better crew to run our store all the way on the other side of the country. Justin and I really hit it off when we met each other! I could tell his genuineness and motivation as a person would make him a great business partner to continue growing this business to hopefully spread around the globe. And he has done an amazing job at surrounding himself, and the store, with people who want to propel this business and its ideals in the direction I had imagined while I was still studying geology in college.
It's not just about the people who work for us, but it's about the people we work with. We have met such talented and creative people over the years. A lot of our distributors are amazing outgoing individuals from all around the world and some of them I would call my friends. Also the artists we work with are just the greatest fucking people. Jewelry artists, painters, designers, wire wrappers, you name it, all of them, COOL AS FUH! I feel so privileged to work alongside them and to have their creations in my shop. I'm not artistically gifted so to have people who are, be part of the GRAMfam, is so legit!
Surround yourself with people who believe in you, your vision, support your ideas, who are creative and motivated! They'll help your dreams come true and I'm sure you'll do the same for them. It's a great feeling to feel like you are accomplishing your goals and dreams, and its even better to do it surrounded by people who you love. Now get out there and shoot for the stars my dudes!
- Kasey V