Planes, Trains and Automobiles

It was a trains, planes and automobiles kind of week, when we took to the open road, the open water and the railroad track during our last trade show tour.  It was a trip like we’ve never done before.  We attended our first gift show in Canada last month and it fell just one week before the New York show, making the travel more interesting than just hopping on an airplane.  Below is what our travel plan looked like:


  • Catch the Ferry from Milwaukee to Michigan
  • Drive from Michigan to the Toronto Gift Show
Our 10x10  =)

Our 10×10 =)

Here's looking at you...zebra! (Our fun neighbors)

Here’s looking at you…zebra! (Our fun neighbors)

  • Drive from Canada to Buffalo
  • Catch the Amtrak to New York City


This little "lady" missed her train.

This little “doll” missed her train.

I did want to make note of how unique and progressive the hotel in Toronto was.  It’s a very progressive hotel branch,  each floor was a different color which assisted guests in locating and remembering their floor.  Each room had accessories to match the floor color.  There was no bellman, no mini bars and not even a restaurant, but there was a self-serve kitchen/grocery in the main lobby, making it easy to prepare a meal at any time.  We really enjoyed our stay at ALT Hotel.

Floor 12 - green

Floor 12 – green

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Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY!

Or should I say, Airplanes and Winds and Sales OH MY!

Last week we held our first tent sale at our company store.  The week blew in a “Wizard of Oz” moment, a million visitors for EAA (known as “The worlds greatest aviation celebration”), and what we think was a pretty darn good sale!

Let me start with our notorious Oz moment.  Our tent stood strong in the middle of our parking lot filled with merchandise and several customers.  The skies looked overcast but not threatening, when out of nowhere our tent was picked up by a strong twister wind!  Picture Dorothy and the Tinman holding the tent down with all of their might and poor Toto hovering under a nearby table.  Joking aside,  the wind thankfully subsided quickly and there was no damage or injury.  We did of course add a few more reinforcements but luckily that was our only twister moment.  =)


Green & Gold is alway appropriate in Packer country!

As far as the airplanes go, it was and always is an amazing time to be in Oshkosh. There is a totally different kind of buzz through out the city, especially when the event drops a million plus people into town.   There are airplanes everywhere you look, planes flying alone,  planes diving, turning,& flipping, planes in formation, planes skywriting & brave folks jumping out of planes.  Summed up as a very enjoyable week here in Oshkosh.



A big thanks to all that stopped in to our tent sale last week!  Our fall line will be previewing online and in our store in just a few short weeks. =)  Thanks for checking in!

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