It’s been an exciting year for Marmara Imports, and we want to share some of the highlights with you.
This time last year we were in Turkey. We stopped first in Istanbul staying in our favorite hotel, the Neorion, www.neorionhotel.com, recovering from the 10-hour flight – we’re not as young as we used to be! Then on to Babadagh via a 1-hour flight to Izmer and a 4 plus hour car trip thru the mountains to our business partner’s atelier where we spent the better part of a week choosing colors and designs for new products.
Our next stop the Maison & Objet Show, www.maison-objet.com, in Paris where our business partner was exhibiting – all we can say is WOW! Should you ever have an opportunity to go – do! And if Paris seems too far away then head for Miami – Maison & Objet will exhibit in May 2016, coming to the Americas for the second year in a row.
April saw us at the Spring Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. Our third year for this show and three is the charm as we had good weather, good food, met nice folks and had a great show!
May and June we started receiving all the products we had ordered and immediately realized we needed storage space beyond our basements! So now we have a warehouse but find we need a more robust inventory system…. ahhh, the life of a small business owner.
Summer arrives and so does the Wellfleet Artisan Market, https://www.facebook.com/WellfleetArtisanMarket/ where we set up a tent every Tuesday selling towels to those lucky enough to spend a week or two on the Cape doing ‘the season.’ One of our best customers is a new shop in town called ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ - she has our beautiful towels flying out her door!
Mid August finds us in Rockland, Maine for the Maine Boats, Home and Harbor Show it’s our first year doing this show and we’re delighted. Rockland, for those who haven’t been lately, has become a real ‘foodie’ town, (if you are in the area try http://www.primorestaurant.com/) and also has some nice galleries.
September we put on our boat shoes and headed for Newport, RI and the Newport International Boat Show, www.newportboatshow.com, WHY? Because our towels are just perfect for boaters – fold flat, highly absorbent, and dry quickly! And, we’ve got them in great nautical colors! Continuing the theme we ‘sail’ to Annapolis early October for the Annapolis Fall Sailboat Show – where we see many of our repeat customers, get to wear our towels and foul weather to stay dry and imbibe some Pusser’s Rum to stay warm.
Late October we have a photo shoot on the Cape – anticipating a re-launch of our website complete with a SHOPPING CART! So please, put a few things in your basket and check out. Should you have any questions Carol or Susan are just a phone call away at 617-600-0591.
We want to express our heartfelt thanks to family and friends who from the beginning have been a source of inspiration and help, and to our customers for their willingness to try a new product and thereby support us in our endeavor to offer exceptional, eco-friendly, fair trade textiles to the U.S. market.