Let me first introduce myself, since I am new to the blogging scene...even though I'm pretty sure there's no one out there "listening" yet. lol
My name is Sheri Spurlock and I am the co-owner and Manager of Rose Valley Glass, LLC. I'll come back to the biz stuff later on down the page. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, home of rain, green trees, deserts, ocean, mountains...oh, and glass. Glass is everywhere here. There are manufacturers, artists, museums and galleries littering the landscape and all dedicated to glass. At least, all the ones that I frequent are...and they are plentiful. I love it here, if you couldn't already guess that. I love the weather, I love the people, I love the landscape...and you already know I love the glass.
My family has been in the retail glass business, in one form or another, for most of my 39 years. By "family", I mean my mother, Annie Myers. She started with a small stained glass storefront in Milwaukie, OR and it has evolved over the years into an online-only glass fuser's paradise, www. artisandichroic.com (AD for short). I work with her on most days and basically run the shop. She does the books and the bulk of the ordering.
Up until recently, I was content to put my hours in at the AD shop, spend my afternoons hanging out with my daughter, and then spend the evenings in my garage/studio at the torch. Then, something happened. One day while I was lamenting my tiny paycheck and cursing my giant pile of bills, my boyfriend (Ted Mumford, co-owner) asks me why I don't start my own "lampworker's paradise" website as a sister site to Artisan Dichroic. Well...uh...um...I dunno! Okay!
So, with a little cash from here and there, a web host, a new rack in the garage for all of the glass rod, and a whole lotta gumption...Rose Valley Glass, LLC was born on January 8th, 2010!
So far, we have all of the Bullseye rod colors (COE 90) and a few of their frit colors, 18 of the Northstar Glass (COE 33) rod colors, and some clear Simax (COE 33) rods in stock. We also have the basic tools and supplies like bead release and mandrels. Trying to NOT go into debt means buying new products as we make sales, driving to the manufacturers to save on shipping charges, and doing ALL of the website setup ourselves.
Visiting the manufacturers and hand-picking glass is dreamy. Setting up an entire website is not very dreamy at all. It's very time-consuming and, as I found out tonight, changing my mind is bad. I've decided to add the part number to each rod color in the item name to make searching for a specific color easier for my customers. There are almost 150 rod colors. Yeah. Good times!
So, when I say insanity is but a click away...I know what I'm talking about. As I wander off to bed tonight, I am comforted by the good karma coming my way through happier customers who find what they are looking for with relative ease because of the hard work that I have put in, and will continue to put in over the next few days. :)