In the spirit of the season as a time of reflection and gratitude for so many things, I wanted to truly thank some awesome people for making a difference in one aspect of our lives in a pretty neat way.
Today isn't just Frank Zappa's birthday (although that would be justification for a blog post, certainly), it also marks the one year anniversary of Shauna and I flipping on the website for Walkie Chalk and released our little idea from the safe confines of our family room out into the wild. Not exactly curing cancer, saving the planet or starting Facebook, but an attempt at our own small chip in the universe's windshield.
It was nerve wracking.
We had an awful homemade website, our "product" was spray painted plumbing pipe parts, we didn't have packing designed and had no clue on kids toy testing, freight forwarding or...how we could afford to actually make this thing. But, we had support. We've learned that much can change in a year when you're lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people.
Now, in a few days, what started as an idea will be showing up in stockings and under Christmas trees from Honolulu to Hoboken. That's still crazy to us. And still nerve wracking:)
We have shipped a Walkie Chalk to every state in the country, and tomorrow our first shipment will be delivered to Toys''R''Us for Spring (yes, Spring stuff will be out before you know it!) along with Bed Bath & Beyond, Ace Hardware, Zulily.com and Hobby Lobby.
We are thankful.
Shauna & Matt Damman